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Faith Seeking Understanding Symposium

October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm ADT

2018 Faith Seeking Understanding Symposium

Rediscovering the Old Testament

Featuring a series of talks focused on the Old Testament, the Faith Seeking Understanding Symposium will deal with topics such as major themes of the Old Testament, the authorship of the Torah, the reliability of the Old Testament, and more.

Come for one session, or come for all of them, and rediscover the heart of the Old Testament in this event from Ratio Christi and Crandall University.

This event will also feature the Ashkenazi Torah scrolls – come for a rare opportunity to experience the scriptures in these centuries-old texts!


Dr. Stephen Dempster

Dr. Stephen G. Dempster is Professor of Religious Studies at Crandall University. He holds a B.A. in Kinesiology (Honors) from the University of Western Ontario, a M.A.R. in Biblical Studies and Theology and a M.Th. in Old Testament Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in Near Eastern Studies (conc. Classical Hebrew) and a Ph.D. in Classical Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. He has numerous publications and is the author of two books: Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible and Micah: A Theological Commentary. His current research focuses are in Genesis studies, Biblical Theology, and Old Testament Canonical studies.

Cody Guitard

Cody Guitard is the Community Apologist and Chapter Director for Ratio Christi at Crandall University, as well as Assistant to the Academic Office at Crandall University. He holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Crandall University, an M.A. in Apologetics (conc. Scientific Apologetics) from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and is studying for an M.T.S. through Tyndale University College & Seminary. He has several publications and does itinerant speaking engagements on subjects related to evangelism and apologetics.

Rev. Dr. Richard Jackson

Rev. Dr. Richard Jackson is Senior Pastor at First Moncton United Baptist Church and adjunct professor at Crandall University. He holds a B.A. in English from Dalhousie University, an M.R.E. and an M.Div. from Acadia Divinity College, and a Ph.D. in Church and Community from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was until recently a columnist writing on a variety of topics related to religion for the Times & Transcript, and he has been a contributor to both Preaching Magazine and the book The Minister’s Manual.

Dan Cooper

Daniel Cooper is Lecturer of Religious Studies and Director of the Youth Leadership Certificate program at Crandall University. He holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Crandall University, a M.A. in Christian Leadership and a M.Div. (academic) from Liberty University, and is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Old Testament through McMaster Divinity College. His dissertation research is on developing a biblical theology of darkness in the Old Testament.


Seating for all sessions is available on a first come, first served basis.

Friday, October 26

7:00pm Manuscript Reliability of the Old Testament
Dr. Stephen Dempster

Saturday, October 27

9:00am Historical Reliability of the Old Testament
Dan Cooper
11:00am Origins of the Torah
Cody Guitard
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Torah Scrolls Display
1:30pm Themes of the Old Testament
Dr. Stephen Dempster
3:15pm The Old Testament in Contemporary Preaching
Rev. Dr. Richard Jackson
4:30pm Q&A Panel with all speakers



October 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm ADT
October 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm ADT


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Moncton, NB E1G 3H9 Canada
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