Larry J. Perkins, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies;
Northwest Baptist Seminary/ACTS;
Director of the Northwest Centre for
Biblical and Theological Literacy;
Fellow of the John Williams Wevers'
Institute for Septuagint Studies;
email: perkins@twu.ca

 

Education:

  • University of Toronto (Ph.D. (Septuagint Studies), 1980; M.A. (Near Eastern Studies), 1974). Dissertation Title: “The Place of the Syro-Hexapla in the Textual Tradition of the Septuagint of Deuteronomy.” (Director: John Wevers)
  • Oxford University (B.A. (Theology), 1972; M.A., 1978)
  • University of British Columbia (B.A. (Honours Classics) 1970; M.Ed. (Higher Education Administration) 1985)

Academic Positions:

  • 2011: Director of the Northwest Centre for Biblical and Theological Literacy
  • 1987 – present: Professor of Biblical Studies, Northwest Baptist Seminary /ACTS
  • 2000-2011: President, Northwest Baptist Seminary
  • 2004: Fellow of the Septuagint Institute – ACTS/TWU
  • 1995-2004: Dean of ACTS
  • 1980 – 2004: Dean of Northwest Baptist Seminary (1980-1995 also Dean of Northwest Baptist College)
  • 1985 – 1987 Associate Professor of Biblical Studies. Northwest Baptist Theological College
  • 1978 – 1985 Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Northwest Baptist Theological College.

Scholarly Organizations:

  • 1990 – present: Member of the Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2005 – present: Member of the Institute for Biblical Research
  • 1990 – present: Member of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies.

Research Grants:

  • 2006: Trinity Western University. Faculty Research Grant.
  • 2008: Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust Conference Grant (co-applicant: Dr. Rob Hiebert).
  • 2008: Bakke Graduate University. Theology of Work Grant
  • 2009: Bakke Graduate University. Theology of Work Grant
  • 2010: Bakke Graduate University. Theology of Work Grant

Scholarly Publications in Preparation:

  • Exodus. Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint. Edited by Robert J. V. Hiebert and Benjamin G. Wright. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
  • Septuagint Exegesis Methods.
  • Theological Commentary on Metaphors in First Peter
  • Deuteronomy. Hexaplaric Project. Edited by Peter Gentry
  • ἀθᾦος: Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint. Edited by Eberhard Bons and Jan Joosten, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen. (in process)

Books:

  • Exodus, in A New English Translation of the Septuagint and the Other Greek Translations Traditionally Included under that Title, ed. Albert Pietersma and Benjamin Wright (New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Articles/Chapters:

  • “ Mark’s Use of the Verb Σκανδαλίζεσθαι and The Interpretation Of Jesus’ Visit to Nazareth,” Canadian Evangelical Review, Fall 2011.
  • Handbuch zur Septuaginta. Band 6: Theologie. Section 8: Volk und Bund. Edited by Hans Ausloos and Bénédicte Lemmelijn. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus (in progress)
  • “’Glory’ in Greek Exodus: Lexical Choice in Translation and its Reflection in Secondary Translation,” in “Translation Is Required” The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect, ed. by Robert J.V.Hiebert, Septuagint and Cognate Studies 56 (Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010): 87-106.
  • Deuteronomy. Companion to the Septuagint. Edited by James K. Aitken. London: T & T Clark (in press).
  • “Faculty Vocation and Governance within A Consortium of Denominationally Accountable Seminaries,” Theological Education 46.1 (2010):79-86.
  • “What’s in a Name? Proper Names in Greek Exodus,” Journal for the Study of Judaism XLI.4-5(2010): 447-471.
  • “The Markan Narrative’s use of the Old Greek Text of Jeremiah to Explain Israel’s Obduracy,” Tyndale Bulletin, Fall 2009.
  • “‘The Finger of God’: Lukan Irony and Old Testament Allusion as Narrative Strategy (Luke 11:20 and Exodus 8:19),” in Biblical Interpretation in Early Christianity Volume 3: The Gospel of Luke, ed. by Thomas. R. Hatina (New York: T & T Clark, 2010), 148-160.
  • “Greek Exodus and Greek Isaiah – Detection and Implications of Interdependence in Translation,” Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies 42(2009).
  • “Examples of Duality in Mark 16:9-20 and Their Implications for The Markan Narrative,” Canadian Evangelical Review 36(Spring 2009), 3-15.
  • "- - - Articulation and non-Articulation in Greek Exodus,” Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 41(2008):17-33.
  • “‘The Lord is a Warrior’ – ‘The Lord Who Shatters Wars’: Exodus 15:3 and Judith 9:7; 16:2”. Bulletin of the International Organization For Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 2007.
  • --What changed and Why?”Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Spring 2006.
  • “‘Let the Reader Understand’ – a Contextual Reading of Mark 13:14”, Bulletin for Biblical Research 16.1(2006).
  • “Kingdom, Messianic Authority and the Re-constituting of God's People –Tracing The Function of Exodus Material in Mark's Narrative”, Biblical Interpretation in Early Christian Gospels. Volume 1. The Gospel of Mark. Edited by Thomas Hatina (London; T. & T. Clark, 2006):100-115.
  • "Translating and Interpreting Mark 1:45," in Acorns to Oaks. The Primacy and Practice of Biblical Theology, ed. By Micahel G. Haykin (Toronto: Joshua Press, 2003): 99-114.
  • “Mark’s Language of Religious Conflict as Rhetorical Device”, Bulletin for Biblical Research 11.1(2001), 43-63.
  • "Greater Than Solomon" (MT. 12:42), Trinity Journal 19 (1998), 207-217.
  • "New Testament Texts Supporting a Congregational Form of Government," in the Northwest Evangelical Baptist Journal 1 (2)(1991).
  • Five entries in the Anchor Bible Dictionary (1989).
  • "The Septuagint of Jonah: Aspects of Literary Analysis Applied to Biblical Translation," Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 20(1987):43-53.
  • "The Place of SyH within the LXX Textual Tradition of Deuteronomy," in De Septuaginta: Studies in honor of John Williams Wevers on his sixty-fifth birthday, edited by A. Pietersma and Claude Cox. Missisauga, Ontario: Benben, 1987, pages 223-232.
  • "The So-Called 'L' Text of Psalms 72-82," Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies 11(1978):44-63.

Published Reviews:

  • Lemmelijn, Bénédicte. A Plague of Texts? A Text-Critical Study of the So-Called ‘Plagues Narrative’ in Exodus 7:14-11:10. Oudtestamentische Studiën 56. Leiden: Brill, 2009. Pp. xii + 384. ISBN: 978-90-04-17235-7. Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies 2010.
  • Perspectives on the Ending of Mark. 4 View edited by David Black. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2009. Accepted for publication in Bulletin for Biblical Research sometime in 2009-2010.
  • Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism. The Charge Against Jesus in Mark 14:53-65 by Darrell L. Bock (Michigan: Baker Books, 2000). In Bulletin for Biblical Research (2002)
  • Second Peter and Jude. An Expositional Commentary by D. Edmond Hiebert (Greenville, South Carolina: Unusual Publications, 1989) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 1990
  • The Message of 1 Peter. The Way of the Cross by Edmund Clowney (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity Press, 1988) in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 1990.
  • The Greek Text of Ezekiel. An Examination of Its Homogeneity. Leslie John McGregor. Septuagint and Cognate Studies 18. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1985. A critical review published in Trinity Journal, 1987-88.

Church-Focused Publications:

  • Examples to the Flock: A Manual for Church Board Chairs. (in process of publication)

Professional Presentations:

  • • “The Essence of ACTS – Vision, Reality, and Challenges A Seminary Life in Consortium.” Presented to the Intrust Governance Mentors Group, March 2011.

Websites:

  • Internet Moments with God’s Word (www.moments.nbseminary.com). 120 articles are various New Testament lexical items. Published monthly.
  • ChurchBoardChairs.ca (www.churchboardchair.ca). 100 articles, videos and other resources to assist church board chairpersons. Published weekly.

Current Research Focuses:

  • Mark’s Gospel: The exegetical interpretation of Mark 13:14 “The Abomination of Desolation”; The origin and interpretation of Mark 16:9-20; and The narratological/exegetical interpretation of Mark 14:25.
  • Septuagint Studies: The translation process employed by the Greek Exodus; Translator – commentary and various articles; Preparation of paper on the translation of Theophanies in Greek Exodus for SBL, November 2011; The Hexaplaric materials for Greek Deuteronomy; and The interpretation of the Servant Songs in Greek Isaiah.