TorahResource Institute Faculty

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

President / Instructor

Tim 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 and seven 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 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:

“Passive or Imperative? ‘Qere’ in Jewish and Aramaic and the Masorah”
Society of Biblical Literature, San Antonio, TX (November 2016)

“Qere or Ketiv: Did the Talmud Reject Scribal ‘Oral Tradition’?”
Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA (November 2015)

“Halakhah in Galatians 5:3? How Lessons from Comparative Religion Undermine a Common Scholarly Assumption about Paul’s Testimony”
Society of Biblical Literature PNW Region, Seattle University, Seattle, WA (May 2013);

“Might the Epistle to the Hebrews assume familiarity with a Sabbath Liturgy?”
The Evangelical Theological Society Northwest Region (March 2013)

“Carcass, Cosmos, and Community: The Priestly Logic of Sacrifice,”
Society of Biblical Literature PNW Region, Pacific Lutheran University, Parkland, WA (April 2009)

“Ecclesiastes and the Feast of Tabernacles in Ancient Judaism,”
Reading Jewish Texts Conference, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA (February 2005).

Ariel Berkowitz, M.Div

Instructor

Ariel 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.

Gary Springer, M.A.C.M.

Instructor/Administrator/Student Services

Gary graduated from Faith Evangelical Seminary in 2013 with a Masters of Arts in Christian Ministry M.A.C.M. with Counseling Concentration and from Columbia Southern University with a B.S. (summa cum laude) in Business in 2010. He retired from 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant. He began his military career as an Avionics Technician, but spent the bulk of his service in Air Force Recruiting. He and his wife Angie have two children and seven grandchildren. Since 2004, Gary has served as one of the Overseers at Congregation Beit Hallel in Tacoma, WA.