The TorahResource Staff

Tim Hegg, M.Div., Th.M.

President / Instructor

Tim HeggTim graduated from Cedarville University in 1973 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Bible, with a minor in Philosophy. He entered Northwest Baptist Seminary (Tacoma, WA) in 1973, completing his M.Div. (summa cum laude) in 1976. He completed his Th.M. (summa cum laude) in 1978, also from NWBS. His Master’s Thesis was titled: “The Abrahamic Covenant and the Covenant of Grant in the Ancient Near East”. Tim taught Biblical Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis for three years as an adjunct faculty member at Corban University School of Ministry when the school was located in Tacoma. Corban University School of Ministry is now in Salem, OR. Tim is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature, and has contributed papers at the annual meetings of both societies. Since 1990, Tim has served as one of the Overseers at Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA. He and his wife, Paulette, have four children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Academic Papers:

Genesis 18:22 & the Tiqqune Soferim: Textual, Midrashic, and for What Purpose?
Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, TX (November 2016)

To Read or Not to Read?: Translating the Qere/Ketiv in Modern English Translations of the Old Testament
Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA (November 2015)

You Shall Not Boil a Kid in its Mother’s Milk: The Interpretive History of a Curious Commandment
The Evangelical Theological Society (November 2013)

“Do the Seven, Go to Heaven?”: An Investigation into the History of the Noachide Laws
Evangelical Theological Society, Washington DC (November 2006)

Rob Vanhoff, M.A.

Instructor

Rob Vanhoff

Rob teaches courses on 2nd Temple Period, Rabbinic Literature, Judaism, Koine Greek, and Aramaic. He has delivered papers at conferences for both Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He serves at Heart of Messiah Ministries in Spokane Valley. Rob holds two degrees from the University of Washington: MA, Comparative Religion (2005) and BA, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, with a minor in Music (2003).

 

Academic Presentations:

A Necessary Yod: How Masorah and Midrash Helped to Clarify the Canon, in Torah is a Hidden Treasure, W. David Nelson, Rivka Ulmer, eds. (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2019), pp. 175-185.

Is there Theology in this Masorah? An Inquiry into the several early MG lists for vayachsheveha and their interpretation history, (SBL Masorah Section, Nov 2019, San Diego, CA)

When Midrash looks like Masorah: A Gematria Lesson for Moses and its Transmission in Medieval Torah Manuscripts, (SBL Midrash Section, Nov 2019, San Diego, CA)

Keeping Scripture Holy: A 10th-century Masorete Negotiates the Sanctity of the Written Word (Israeli Association for the Study of Religions; Jerusalem, April 2019)

Job gets a Job: How an unemployed Bible Verse found Work in Masorah and Midrash (SBL Nov 2018, Denver, CO)

Can’t a Scribe take a Hint? How Ben-Jacob “fixed” an ambiguous Ben-Asher tradition but missed its Meaning (SBL Nov 2018, Denver, CO)

Paul's 'Whole Torah' Handbook: Strategies of a master Jewish text-broker to mobilize Galatian churches against Fake News (SBL Nov 2017, Boston, MA)

'Qere ve'la ketiv, ketiv ve'la qere' : Problematic Categories in Masoretic Studies, International Organization of Masoretic Studies, Jerusalem, Israel (Aug, 2017)

Ariel Berkowitz, M.Div

Instructor

Ariel BerkowitzAriel received his B.S. from West Chester State University and Philadelphia Biblical University, and his M.Div from the Biblical Theological Seminary. He has been an adjunct professor with IBEX (Israel Bible Exchange program) since 1995. His area of specialty is Tanach Studies with a special love for Tanach History, Biblical Geography, Studies in Torah and the Prophets. He specializes in the role of Biblical History and Geography. Ariel is also an instructor with Torah Resources International. He taught both full and part time at Israel College of Bible from 1992-2006. Ariel and his wife D’vorah have four children and seven grandchildren.

Caleb Hegg

Director of Operations

Caleb Hegg

Caleb’s theological background comes from years of study under his father Tim Hegg, and from attending classes at TorahResource Institute. Caleb has worked at TorahResource since 2006 and has taken a lead role in project management and design. Since 2014 Caleb has co-hosted Messiah Matters, an online show that centers on theology, and has been a guest speaker at the United Messianic Jewish Assembly, the Asian Pacific Messianic Fellowship, and various conferences. Caleb currently serves as an elder (with Michael Gonzales) at Alive In Messiah, a Torah observant congregation in Tacoma WA. Caleb and his wife have three children and currently live in Tacoma WA.

Michael Gonzales

Creative Director

Michael Gonzales

Michael holds an Associate of Applied Arts Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Dallas. He has worked with various advertising agencies and design firms in Dallas, TX and Denver, CO. Michael currently serves as an elder (with Caleb Hegg) at Alive In Messiah, a Torah observant congregation in Tacoma, WA. He has also served as an elder at two Messianic Congregations in the Metro Denver area: Kehilat T'nuvah (2004-2009) and The Front Range Messianic Community (2009-2015). Michael has been married to his wife, Margaret, since 1991 and together they have six children and a granddaughter. The Gonzales family relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2015.