Stephen Dempster, PhD

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Stephen Dempster, PhD Professor of Religious Studies

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BA (Hons), University of Western Ontario
MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary
MTh, Westminster Theological Seminary
MA, University of Toronto
PhD, University of Toronto

Professional Appointments

Chair Biblical Theology Section for Evangelical Theological Society  2011-2016

Editorial Board, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament   2010-2017

Visting Professor, Cameroon Association of Bible Translation and Literacy, 2013

Murray Chair of Christian Studies, Crandall University, 1996-2006

Courses Taught

  • Context and Content of the Old Testament
  • Context and Content of the New Testament
  • The Pentateuch
  • The Psalms
  • The History and Practice of Christian Spirituality
  • Old Testament Religion
  • Israelite Prophecy
  • The Ancient World: From the Sumerians to the Persians
  • Wisdom Literature
  • Biblical Eschatology
  • Historical Geography of the Holy Land
  • Biblical Theology of Old and New Testaments
  • The Canon of Scripture
  • The Book of Micah
  • The Book of Genesis
  • Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I & II
  • Advanced Biblical Hebrew I & II
  • The Formation of a Worldview  (team taught)
  • Introduction to Koine Greek
  • Intermediate Koine Greek

Honours & Scholarships

Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Research Grant, 1983

Co-Recipient of the Ted Ward Writing Award for “The Christian Mission in Higher Education,” 1992

The Steven & Ella Steeves Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Crandall University, 2007

The Steven & Ella Steeves Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, 2013

Select Publications & Presentations

“He Believed in the LORD: Justification in the Pentateuch,” in Matthew Barrett, ed. The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019): 37-62.

Micah: A Theological Commentary (Eerdmans, 2017).

“Hannah’s Song, A New World Order and the Right Side of History,” in Ecclesia semper reformanda est: A Festschrift on Ecclesiology in honour of Stanley K. Fowler, ed. David G. Barker, Michael A. G. Haykin and Barry H. Howson (Joshua Press, 2016), 3-32.

“The Canon of Scripture,” in A Manifesto of Theological Interpretation, ed. in C. Bartholomew and H. Thomas, (Baker, 2016), 131-148.

“The Old Testament Canon, Josephus and Cognitive Environment,” in The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, ed. D. A. Carson, (Zondervan, 2016), 321-361.

“A Wandering Moabite:  Ruth—A Book in Search of a Canonical Home,” in The Shape of the Ketuvim: History, Contoured Intertextuality, and Canon, ed. J. Steinberg and Tim Stone (Eisenbrauns, 2016 ), 87-118.

“From Slight Peg to Corner Stone to Capstone: The Resurrection of Christ on the Third Day According to the Scriptures,” Westminster Theological Journal 76 (2014): 371-410.

Dominion and Dynasty: A Theology of the Hebrew Bible.  New Studies in Biblical Theology 15  (Apollos, 2003).

Lectureship Series

Cartography, Photography and Biblical Theology

  • Discerning the Big Picture of the Bible:  The Story Line of Scripture
  • The Revelation of God’s Name:  Sinai and the Story Line
  • The Revelation of God’s Heart:  Jerusalem and the Story Line

Reformed Theological Seminary Conference on Biblical Theology, Jackson, Mississippi, March 28-30, 2011

The Israelite Prophets:

  • Listening to the Prophets
  • Seeing what the Prophets See
  • Idolatry, Covetousness and Injustice:  A Prophetic Theme

Ryle Theological College, Ottawa, Ontario, May 19, 2016

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