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Urban Legends of the New Testament

August 10, 2015
Urban Legends of the New Testament by David Croteau

Was Jesus born in a stable? Was the “Eye of a Needle” a gate in Jerusalem? Did Jesus sweat drops of blood?

Dr. David Croteau, CIU professor of New Testament and Greek surveys 40 of the most commonly misinterpreted passages in the New Testament in a new book titled “Urban Legends of the New Testament.” Croteau says these “urban legends” often arise because interpreters neglect a passage’s context, misuse historical background information, or misunderstand the Greek language.

Busy Summer at CIU

August 07, 2015
Glen Schultz

Most of the student body may have been away after classes ended in mid-May, but there was still a great deal of activity on the campus of Columbia International University over the summer. In addition to summer school classes, first at the undergraduate level, then at the graduate and seminary level, annual seasonal events brought visitors to campus from around the community and around the world.

Chaplaincy

With a minor in Chaplaincy, you’ll learn to be the presence of Christ among people who need pastoral counsel in institutional and organizational settings. This comes with developing a basic understanding of church ministry and administration, pastoral care, world religions, ethics, leadership, and spiritual concerns. You’ll also build foundational leadership skills needed to lead, influence, and model what it means to be a Christian leader in the world today.

Your Future

You'll make an impact in one of eight primary areas of chaplaincy:

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Benjamin Noonan

Noonan
Benjamin
Photo of Benjamin Noonan, CIU professor
Professor of Old Testament & Hebrew
803-807-5362

B.S., M.A., Wheaton College; M.Phil., Ph.D.. Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion

Dr. Noonan joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he serves on the Pentateuch Program Unit Steering Committee, as well as the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has taught at Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Books:

  • Foreign Words in the Hebrew Bible: Linguistic Evidence for Foreign Contact in Ancient Israel(forthcoming)

Articles, Book Chapters and Contributions to Edited Volumes:

“Egyptian Loanwords as Evidence for the Historicity and Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions,” in A Symposium on the Historicity and Authenticity of the Exodus and Wilderness Traditions in 

  • a Post Modern Age, eds. James K. Hoffmeier, Alan R. Millard, and Gary A. Rendsburg (forthcoming)
  • Devotional on Psalm 33:4-5 in Devotions on the Hebrew Bible, eds. Lee M. Fields, Milton Eng, and Verlyn D. Verbrugge (forthcoming)
  • “Zion’s Foundation: The Meaning of בֹּחַן in Isaiah 28,16,” Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 125 (2013): 314-319
  • “There and Back Again: ‘Tin’ or ‘Lead’ in Amos 7:7-9?” Vetus Testamentum 63 (2013): 299-307
  • “Hide or Hue? Defining Hebrew תַּחַשׁ” Biblica 93 (2012): 580-589
  • “Omri, King of Israel,” “Trade and Commerce,” “Ugarit,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, ed. John D. Barry (Bellingham, Wash.: Logos Research Systems, 2012)
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Achaemenid Period,” Journal of Biblical Literature 130 (2011): 281-298
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Reexamination of the Niphal and Hitpael of ברך in the Patriarchal Narratives,” Hebrew Studies 51 (2010): 73-93
  • October 6 Devotional in Stones of Remembrance 2: Wheaton’s Living Stones, ed. Emily Louise Zimbrick (Wheaton, Ill.: Wheaton College, 2006), 306

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Marvin A. Sweeney, Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 (2014): 405-407
  • Review of Bob Becking and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Between Evidence and Ideology: Essays on the History of Ancient Israel at the Joint Meeting for the Society for Old Testament Study and the Out Testamentisch Werkgezelschap, Lincoln, July 2009Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 410-412
  • Review of Robin A. Parry, LamentationsBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 271-273
  • Review of Cor Notebaart, Metallurgical Metaphors in the Hebrew BibleBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 259-260
  • Review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 170-172
  • Review of Koowon Kim, Incubation as a Type-Scene in the ˀAqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories: A Form-Critical and Narratological Study of KTU 1.14 I-1.15 III, 1.17 I-II, and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11,Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 126-127
  • Review of Ronald S. Hendel, ed., Reading Genesis: Ten MethodsBulletin for Biblical Research21 (2011): 530-532
  • Review of Francis I. Andersen and Richard S. Hess, Names in the Study of Biblical History: David, YHWH Names, and the Role of Personal NamesAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 148-149
  • Review of David Toshio Tsumura, Creation and Destruction: A Reappraisal of the ChaoskampfTheory in the Old TestamentAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 149-151
  • Review of Benjamin D. Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient IsraelBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 391-393
  • Review of John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and InterpretationBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 102-103
  • Review of R.W.L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of GenesisBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 105-107
  • Review of Victor H. Matthews, Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods,Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2010): 156-158
  • Review of Philip R. Davies, Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History—Ancient and ModernJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 839-840
  • Review of Marc Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2d ed.,Ashland Theological Journal 40 (2008): 75-76

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Marvin A. Sweeney, Tanak: A Theological and Critical Introduction to the Jewish Bible,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 (2014): 405-407
  • Review of Bob Becking and Lester L. Grabbe, eds., Between Evidence and Ideology: Essays on the History of Ancient Israel at the Joint Meeting for the Society for Old Testament Study and the Out Testamentisch Werkgezelschap, Lincoln, July 2009Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 410-412
  • Review of Robin A. Parry, LamentationsBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 271-273
  • Review of Cor Notebaart, Metallurgical Metaphors in the Hebrew BibleBulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 259-260
  • Review of Jordan M. Scheetz, The Concept of Canonical Intertextuality and the Book of Daniel,Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 55 (2012): 170-172
  • Review of Koowon Kim, Incubation as a Type-Scene in the ˀAqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories: A Form-Critical and Narratological Study of KTU 1.14 I-1.15 III, 1.17 I-II, and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11,Bulletin for Biblical Research 22 (2012): 126-127
  • Review of Ronald S. Hendel, ed., Reading Genesis: Ten MethodsBulletin for Biblical Research21 (2011): 530-532
  • Review of Francis I. Andersen and Richard S. Hess, Names in the Study of Biblical History: David, YHWH Names, and the Role of Personal NamesAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 148-149
  • Review of David Toshio Tsumura, Creation and Destruction: A Reappraisal of the ChaoskampfTheory in the Old TestamentAshland Theological Journal 43 (2011): 149-151
  • Review of Benjamin D. Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient IsraelBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 391-393
  • Review of John H. Sailhamer, The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and InterpretationBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 102-103
  • Review of R.W.L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of GenesisBulletin for Biblical Research 21 (2011): 105-107
  • Review of Victor H. Matthews, Studying the Ancient Israelites: A Guide to Sources and Methods,Ashland Theological Journal 42 (2010): 156-158
  • Review of Philip R. Davies, Memories of Ancient Israel: An Introduction to Biblical History—Ancient and ModernJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009): 839-840
  • Review of Marc Van De Mieroop, A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC, 2d ed.,Ashland Theological Journal 40 (2008): 75-76

Papers Presented:

  • “The Presence and Significance of Foreign Loanwords in the Book of Daniel,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Baltimore, Md., November 20, 2013
  • “The Exodus and Sinai Narratives: Foreign Loanwords and Historicity,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisc., November 14, 2012
  • “Non-Semitic Loanwords and Foreign Contact in the Ancient Levant,” Cincinnati Consortium of Ancient Studies spring annual meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 9, 2012
  • “Identifying the Gemstones of the High Priest’s Breastplate,” Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting, San Francisco, Calif., November 20, 2011
  • “Did Nehemiah Own Tyrian Goods? A Historical Investigation of Trade between Judea and Phoenicia during the Persian Period,” Evangelical Theological Society Midwest regional meeting, Chicago, Ill., March 28, 2008
  • “Abraham, Blessing, and the Nations: A Proposed Paradigm,” Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting, San Diego, Calif., November 15, 2007

 

Zhiqiu Xu

Xu
Zhiqiu
Zhiqiu Xu
Professor of Theology
803-807-5356

B.A., Renmin University; M.A., Peking University; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University

Dr. Xu joined the faculty of CIU’s Seminary & School of Ministry in 2014. He teaches Theology and coordinates the Chinese Seminary Studies program. He is the executive director of the North America Mainland Chinese Mission, the executive director of the International Fellowship of Chinese Pastors, and a member of Blessings Cultural Mission Fellowship. He has served as a pastor to local Chinese churches in Philadelphia, PA and Worcester, MA.

Book Reviews

  • J. Chao. A History of Christianity in Socialist China, 1949–1997. In China and Gospel (1999). 

Articles and Essays:

  • “The Spectrum of Truth” (forthcoming).
  • “Learning from Wesleyan Theology, a Chinese Perspective.”Behold Magazines  68 (2014).
  • “The Concept of Magisterium and Its Pertinence to the Church in China.” Behold Magazines 67 (2014).
  • “Did Jesus Truly Resurrect from the Dead?” Behold Magazines 66 (2014).
  • “Control vs. Submission, Some Insights on the Kenotic Obedience of Jesus.” Behold Magazines 57 (2012).
  • “Divine Beauty and Human Koinonia, A Study on John 14-17.” Christianity Today International(May, 2011).
  • “A Trans-placed Encounter Between the East and the West, A Journey in Kingston.”  Behold Magazines 44 (2010).

English

Why Minor in English?

If you love to read, the English minor is the perfect complement to any major.  We offer a broad number of courses in Western, British, and American literature, as well as courses such as Classics of Christian Literature or Five Great Novels.  Electives are flexible, allowing you to focus on the kinds of literature (and some writing courses) which appeal to your interests.

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