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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.  Ariel has attended Rodef Torah School of Jewish Studies and also holds a Certificate from Israel Institute for Biblical Studies in Exploring the Biblical Land of Israel. He has taught both full and part time at Israel College of Bible from 1992-2006. He has been (and still is) an adjunct professor with IBEX (Israel Bible Exchange program) since 1995. And, Ariel has been teaching at TorahResource Institute since 2012, specialising in Tanach Studies with a special love for History and Biblical Geography.  Ariel and his wife D’vorah have four children and seven grandchildren. They have written 8 books, all of which may be ordered through TorahResource.

André-Philippe Therrien

Instructor

André-Philippe TherrienAndré teaches a continuing Biblical Hebrew reading class and a technical course on Accordance Bible software. He is developing other courses, including short courses to be offered in the summer. He has a passion for the Biblical languages and for critiquing problematic assumptions of Biblical scholarship. He has studied full-time with TorahResource Institute from 2014 to 2016, where he learned to read Biblical Hebrew and Greek. In 2017, with God’s help, he moved to the Pacific Northwest and has since been working on obtaining a bachelor's degree in Classics from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He submitted his thesis on the dietary laws in the Septuagint in December 2020 and is working on the last two credits for his degree. He is married to his wife Maya and they welcomed their first child into the world in February 2020.