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DAVID M. HOWARD, JR.

CURRENT POSITION

Bethel Theological Seminary, 3949 Bethel Drive, St. Paul, Minnesota 55112 USA

Professor of Old Testament, 2000-present.

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FORMER POSITIONS

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1997-2000.

J. Wash Watts Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew (appointed January 2000)

Associate Professor and Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew (1997-2000)
Courses taught: Core Courses: Old Testament Introduction (Survey); Hermeneutics. Language Courses: Introduction to Hebrew; Intermediate Hebrew Grammar. Exegesis Courses: Joshua, Psalms, Jonah/Habakkuk, Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther. Doctoral Seminars: Historiography; Book of Psalms; The Workings of Hebrew Poetry.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, 1990-1997.

Assistant and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Courses taught: Core Courses: Old Testament Survey; Old Testament Criticism and Theology; Pentateuch and Early Prophets; Poetry and Post-exilic History; Latter Prophets; Old Testament Introduction. Language Courses: Elementary Hebrew; Hebrew Readings; Exegesis of the Prophets (Jonah); Advanced Hebrew Grammar. Specialized Courses: 1-2 Chronicles; Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Psalms; History and Theology of Jerusalem; Advanced Exegesis (Joshua; 1-2 Kings); Interpreting Hebrew Poetry. Doctoral Seminars: Historiography: The Theology of Writing History; Exegesis of Psalms; The Workings of Hebrew Poetry.

Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1982-1990.

Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professor of Old Testament
Courses taught: Core Courses: Old Testament Survey; Old Testament Narrative; Old Testament Poetry and Prophecy. Language Courses: Elementary Hebrew; Hebrew Grammar and Syntax. Specialized Courses: Joshua-Judges-Ruth; 1-2 Samuel; Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Psalms.

Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1983-1990.

Adjunct Professor
Courses taught: Bible survey and hermeneutics; History of Israel; Hebrew Prophets; Jerusalem (Kingdom of God); Psalms.
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VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS

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SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES AND ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

  • Executive Committee Member, Evangelical Theological Society , 2001-present.
    • President, 2003
    • President-Elect and Program Chair, 2002
    • Vice President, 2001
  • Chair, Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section, Society of Biblical Literature , 2001-present
  • Chair, Old Testament Historical Literature Study Group, Evangelical Theological Society, 1999-2003.
  • Referee for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Board of Referees, 1999-present.
  • Consultant for the Holman Christian Standard Bible (for 1-2 Kings, 2 Chronicles), 2000-present.
  • Consultant for the English Standard Version Bible (for Joshua), 1999-2001.
  • Consultant for The Audio-Visual Bible , Bible Software, Park Ridge, New Jersey, 1998-2000.
  • Referee for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Board of Referees, 1999-present.
  • Book Review Editor for Bible, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society , 1994-2003.
  • Steering Committee Member, Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section, Society of Biblical Literature (National Level), 1994-present.
  • Steering Committee Member (Advisory Capacity), Book of Psalms Section, Society of Biblical Literature (National Level), 1994-1998.
  • Consultant and reviser (for Psalms 76-150), The Living Bible Revision Project (New Living Translation), Tyndale House Publishers, 1989-present.
  • Consultant for children's and adult Bible books, Publications International, Ltd., Lincolnwood, Illinois, 1992-present.
  • Presider, Biblical Hebrew Poetry Section ("Searching for the Canons of Biblical Hebrew Poetry"), Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 25, 1996.
  • Organizer and convener, Old Testament Disciplinary Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature, Upper Midwest Region, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 9, 1988.
  • Teaching Assistant, Pauline Epistles course, Near Eastern Studies Department, The University of Michigan, 1981-82.
  • Editorial staff member, Publications Office, American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). Worked on Biblical Archeologist and other ASOR publications, 1978-81; supervised production of the Bulletin of ASOR, 1979-80.
  • Research-grading assistant for Samuel J. Schultz, Bible Department, Wheaton College, 1976-77.
  • Teaching Fellow, Biology Department, Wheaton College, 1975-76. Supervised and lectured in laboratory sections.
  • Teacher-Demonstrator, Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Geneva College, 1974-75. Duties included presenting large, all-school assemblies and small science class lectures on nuclear energy in high schools.
  • Teaching Assistant and discussion leader, Humanities Department, Geneva College, 1972-73, 1973-74. Led sections in two-year, required Western civilization course.

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EDUCATION

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, 1986.
  • Dissertation: The Structure of Psalms 93-100. (Chairman: David Noel Freedman)
  • Other areas of concentration: Northwest Semitic languages; linguistics; Biblical history, archaeology, and theology.
  • Comprehensive Examinations: High and highest pass.
  • Languages: Ancient: Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Ugaritic, Akkadian, Phoenician and other Northwest Semitic dialects. (Research: French, German, Spanish, Italian.)

A.M., Near Eastern Studies, 1980.


Wheaton College,
Wheaton, Illinois

M.A., magna cum laude, Theological Studies (Old Testament), 1977.
Areas of concentration: Hebrew, Biblical history, core curriculum in theological studies.


Geneva College,
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

B.S., Biology, 1974.


Additional Studies:

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
German, Summer 1978.

Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
Courses audited, M.Div. curriculum, 1984-1990.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois
Courses audited, M.Div. curriculum, 1991-1997.

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THESES AND DISSERTATIONS SUPERVISED

Ph.D. Dissertations

(Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)

First Reader

  • Zamani B. Kafang, "A Semantic and Theological Investigation of the Concept of 'Poor' in the Psalms," Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993.
  • Barry C. Davis, "A Contextual Analysis of Psalms 107-118," Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1996.
  • David Denninger, "The Creator's Fiat and the Creature's Witness: A Literary Study of the Structure, Dynamics, and Meaning of Psalm 19," Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1996.
  • Francis X. Kimmitt, "The Shape of Psalms 42-49," New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2000.

Second Reader (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

  • Gerald Vreeland, "The Joseph Narrative--Genesis 37-39: An Analysis of Three Modern Textual Approaches," 1994.
  • J. Robert Cosand, "The Theology of Remembrance in the Cultus of Israel," 1995.
  • Chelliah Russelliah, "The Influence of Torah Upon King David," 1995.
  • Neil Skjoldal, "The Election of the People of God: A Rhetorical Analysis of Isaiah 41:1-44:23," 1995.
  • Nathan Patrick Love, "Theology of the Mountain of the Lord in the Book of Isaiah," 1996.
  • Yoilah Yilpet, "Righteousness as Order: A Rhetorical Study of Isaiah's Concept of Righteousness in the Framework of Isaiah 1:21-31," 1997.

Outside Advisor (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)

  • Joseph A. Vadnais, "From Minister of Moses to Servant of the Lord": Character-Matrix Analysis in the Book of Joshua," 1999.

M.A. Theses (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

First Reader

  • John A. Cook, "The Structure and Significance of Hendiadys in the Hebrew Bible," 1992.
  • Mark A. Ostby, "A Study of leb in the Book of Proverbs With Consideration of its Meaning in Proverbs 4:23," 1993.
  • Michael A. Lyons, "The Composition and Message of 1 Kings 17-19," 1995.
  • A. Craig Polach, "The Meaning and Use of leb/lebab in the Pentateuch," 1995.

Second Reader

  • Jonathan Boyd, "'Sing an Old Song to the Lord': 1 Chr. 16:8-36, the Psalter, and the Chronicler's Historiography," 1991.
  • John Makujina, "The Poetics and Purpose of 'Foil' in the Former Prophets: Judges 17-19," 1992.
  • Barbara Vranik, "The Roots of Apostasy in the Northern Kingdom," 1993.

Th.M. Theses - First Reader (Bethel Theological Seminary)

  • Patricia A. Halverson, "The Influences Upon and the Motivation for the Making of Jephthah's Vow (Judges 11:29-40)," 1990.
  • Richard Lauger, "The Major Metaphors in the Song of Solomon: Patterns of Change Indicating the Languages of Love and Lust," 1990.

D.Min. Theses - First Reader (Bethel Theological Seminary)

  • Alan Davey, "The Effect of Teaching on the Biblical/Theological Meanings of Praise Within a Church Congregation," 1989.
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MEMBERSHIPS AND AWARDS

Member:
Evangelical Theological Society, 1978 - present.
Society of Biblical Literature, 1978 - present.
Institute for Biblical Research, 1982 - 1992, 2001-present.

  • Ola Farmer Lenaz Lecturer, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Fall 1999.
  • Professional Leadership Award, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1996.
  • Listed in Who's Who in Biblical and Archaeological Studies, 1993.
  • Departmental Teamwork Award, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1993.
  • National Alumni Board Faculty Enrichment Grants, Bethel College and Seminary, 1986-87, 1987-88.
  • Ronald E. Pitkin Graduate Scholarship, Bethel Theological Seminary, 1983-84.
  • Leroy Waterman Departmental Fellowship, Near Eastern Studies Department, The University of Michigan, 1981-82, 1982-83.
  • Radcliffe-Ramsdell Religious Education Fellowship, The University of Michigan, 1982.
  • Eta Beta Rho Society. National Hebrew Students' Honor Society, inducted 1977.
  • Who's Who Among College and University Students in America, Geneva College, 1973-74.
  • Outstanding College Athletes of America (for soccer), Geneva College, 1972-73, 1973-74.
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CHURCH EXPERIENCE

Church membership:

  • Christ Community Church, Shoreview, Minnesota, 2001-present.
  • Edgewater Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1998-2000.
    • Involvements: Deacon Board; Worship Committee; Pastoral Search Committee (chair); Church Moderator; adult Sunday School teaching; pulpit supply.
  • Liberty Community Church, Lindenhurst, Illinois, 1991-1997.
    • Involvements: Leadership Team; Worship Committee; Building Committee; adult Sunday School teaching; pulpit supply.
  • Bethany Baptist Church, Roseville, Minnesota, 1983-1990.
    • Involvements: Missions Committee; adult Sunday School teaching; pulpit supply.
  • Huron Hills Baptist Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978-1982.
    • Involvements: Missions Committee; adult Sunday School teaching; pulpit supply.

Associate Minister for Outreach, Bethany Baptist Church, Roseville, Minnesota, 1987-1989. Coordinator of adult Bible study and discipleship groups.

Interim administrative pastor, Bethany Baptist Church, Roseville, Minnesota, Summer 1989.

Interim preaching pastor, First Baptist Church, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, Summer 1987.

Pastoral Assistant, Southminster Presbyterian Church, Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 1976-77.

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MISCELLANEOUS AND PERSONAL

  • Organizer and Faculty Sponsor, Eta Beta Rho Chapter, Bethel Theological Seminary, 1988-1990.
  • Senior Literacy Tutor, Adult Literacy Program, Minnesota Literacy Council, 1986-87.
  • Volunteer Usher, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1984-86.
  • Organizer and captain of soccer team, Geneva College, 1970-73. Played in Western Pennsylvania District All-Star games, 1972, 1973.
  • Son of missionary parents; lived in Costa Rica and Colombia, 1953-1967.
  • Birthdate: 7/21/52.
  • Family: Jan (wife); Christina (b. 1985); Melody (b. 1989).
  • Hobbies: Music, reading, theater, distance running.
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Updated December 2003

 

 
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