What is your ministry?
My Bible teaching activity is related to my position as a lecturer in Hebrew Studies. Specifically, there are between 90 and 120 freshmen every year at my Academy (structured as a British open university). I teach the students Biblical Hebrew from second to third form. By the time they reach fourth form, where I hold reading courses, the year has thinned to about 70 students. In the fifth form, they can choose specializations; at that point they can enroll in my class on textual history and canon, as well as my class on the theoretical problems and history of Bible translation. Each of these is attended by 10-15 students each year.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
Last year I attended a Langham workshop and was surprised at the variety of tools Tyndale House and other organizations have produced, as well as my utter need to be more methodical at approaching a text.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
My leadership roles are related to my teaching position (limited to the classroom). I am a philologist, a translator, and a lecturer, but not a leader per se. So “leadership” might not be the best word for my classroom activity, yet when we read and engage in interpreting, for instance, the binding of Isaac or the Peniel story, I feel I am in a ministerial “position,” especially as some of my students seem genuinely surprised that they can come up with their own insights. Maybe my lecturing is leadership inasmuch as I lead them to the discovery of being entitled to interpret the Bible on their own and providing them some basic tools to do so.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I am good at studying the Bible by myself and interpreting it for myself, but when I want to share in a smaller group I get confused at the delivery. I want to say too many things at the same time. I think I need help in my delivery and at distilling the essence of what I learn from my studies. Moreover, I am looking forward to learning tools of exegesis and learning more about inductive methods since I want to see more structure, systematism, and awareness in my exegesis.