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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.
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.
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 Publications and 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
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.