One of the most significant needs of the evangelical church is developing its next generation of intellectual leaders. Currently when evangelicals are sent off for PhD studies they are given the proverbial fatherly push into deep water "to sink or to swim." Sadly, many struggle to stay afloat and some “spiritually sink.” Most all experience an intense sociological pressure to give up or compromise their basic Christian convictions.
How can we help these key academic leaders?
Forum Academic Mentoring is designed to help young academics take a practical step toward academic excellence and biblical faithfulness. All Academic Mentoring participants are required to submit a portion of their work (perhaps a chapter of a thesis/dissertation or a scholarly article), which will be read and evaluated by a more senior academic. During the Academic Mentoring meeting, the participant will have the opportunity to discuss this piece with a Forum Academic Mentor, who will carefully assess the argumentation, presentation and evidence of critical thinking in the paper.
Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament at Tyndale House and the John W. Laing Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge. He is working on legal language in and outside the New Testament. The focus of his work includes textual criticism of the Greek Bible, with emphases on grammar and lexicography, epigraphy, papyrology, and archaeology of the Graeco-Roman world and the relation of New Testament background and exegesis.
Eckhard J. Schnabel is the Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After theological studies in Basel, Switzerland, missionary ministry in Europe and Latin America, and doctoral studies in Aberdeen, Scotland, Schnabel has taught at the Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines, the Biblisch-Theologische Akademie Wiedenest and the Freie Theologische Hochschule in Giessen, Germany, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield (Chicago). His major publications include Law and Wisdom from Ben Sira to Paul, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck 1985; Inspiration und Offenbarung, Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus 1986; Das Reich Gottes als Wirklichkeit und Hoffnung,Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus 1993; Studium des Neuen Testaments, 2 vols., Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus 1999/2000; Early Christian Mission, 2 vols., Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2004; Der erste Brief des Paulus an die Korinther. Historisch-Theologische Auslegung. Wuppertal: R. Brockhaus, 2006; Paul the Missionary: Realities, Strategies, and Methods. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008; 40 Questions on the End Times. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2011; The Book of Acts. Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.
Peter (P.J.) Williams is the Warden (CEO) of Tyndale House. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil and PhD, in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy. In July 2007 he became the youngest Warden in the history of Tyndale House. He also retains his position as an honorary Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the University of Aberdeen and is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He also serves on the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible.
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