Old Testament

Assistant Professor at Tyndale University College

Winter 2013 Courses

Old Testament Scripture

BSTH 1013 — Survey of the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. Get the syllabus and more on the course website.

Introduction to Hebrew II

HEBR 2023 — Further rudiments of Hebrew grammar and syntax. Get the syllabus and more on the course website.

The Pentateuch

BSTH 3103 — Introduction to the first five books of the Bible. Get the syllabus and more on the course website.

Pattern of Courses Taught

1

Old Testament Survey. Part of the Bachelor of Arts core curriculum, offered every semester.

2

Biblical Hebrew. Two units each of beginning and intermediate Hebrew, offered in alternating years.

3

Books and Topics. Courses on OT books and topics in biblical theology, offered periodically.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why don’t you allow laptops or personal electronic devices in class?

    Because it’s bad for you and worse for your neighbours. A study at McMaster found that allegedly multitasking students scored 11% below average; those with just a view of a peer’s screen scored 17% below average.

  • I forgot my swipe card. What should I do about attendance?

    Resign yourself to being counted absent for the day, come to class anyway, and bring your card next time. If I provide an attendance sheet for the forgetful you can sign it in class, but please do not email me about it afterwards.

  • Can I have a copy of your lecture notes or your slide deck?

    No. I provide handouts for any material I think is essential to distribute. I would also prefer that you not record lectures; however, you can approach me individually and request permission to make audio recordings.

  • Can I have an extension on my paper or assignment?

    In extenuating circumstances, yes — but be mindful of what counts as extenuation. Serious illness and the death of a family member are not in the same category as poor time management and over-involvement.

  • I heard that you went straight from a BA to a PhD. Are you a genius?

    No, my IQ ranks with most of the population. I started a master’s degree and was able to upgrade it to a doctorate. I did so simply because it was economical, and because I had a topic that called for longer treatment.

  • Are you related to S. R. and G. R. Driver, the famous Hebraists?

    Wouldn’t that be something? No, but I do harbour a desire to co-write something with W. P. Brown and R. S. Briggs, possibly a retrospective on the continuing uses of the BDB now that Clines’s Dictionary is complete.