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Ian Werrett, Ph.D.
Associate professor of religious studies
Director, Spiritual Life Institute

The 32nd Annual Spiritual Life Institute

Jesus and Judaism
June 23-27, 2014

Faculty members

Dr. Agnes Choi

AGNES CHOI received a BS and a PhD from the University of Toronto and an MDiv from Tyndale Seminary. She teaches courses in Biblical Studies, with a focus on Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. Her teaching and research considers how ancient texts should be understood in their ancient contexts. Agnes' research currently focuses on ancient economy and the impact of that economy on the urban-rural relationship, as well as the interpretation of the parables of Jesus.

Dr. Thomas Hatina

TOM HATINA earned a BA Hons. from Trinity Western University, a MCS from Regent College (combined with Vancouver School of Theology at UBC), and a PhD from Bristol University. His areas of research include early Jewish and Christian Literature, Historical Jesus, Hermeneutics, and Myth theory. Tom is the author of numerous articles and five books. His latest publication is New Testament Theology and Its Quest for Relevance: From Ancient Texts to Modern Readers (London & New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013). He is currently working on two books. One is on the function of Jewish scripture in the New Testament (WJK). The other is a digitized, interactive introduction to the New Testament, which will be the first of its kind in the field of biblical studies.

Dr. Ian Werrett

IAN WERRETT is the Director of the Spiritual Life Institute and an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Martin's University. An expert on the Hebrew Scriptures, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Ancient Judaism, he has given lectures and presented conference papers in North America, Europe, and Israel. He has worked in situ with the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem and is the author of a book entitled Ritual Purity and the Dead Sea Scrolls, which was published by Brill Academic Publishers in 2007. Werrett earned a BA from Saint Martin's College, a MA from Trinity Western University, and a PhD in Biblical Studies and Second Temple Judaism from the University of St. Andrews.