Stephen Dempster, Ph.D.
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Stephen Dempster, Ph.D.

Professor of Religious Studies

506-858-8970 ext: 154

B.A. (Hons.), University of Western Ontario
M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary
M.Th., Westminster Theological Seminary
M.A., University of Toronto
Ph.D., University of Toronto


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

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

Lectureship Series

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

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

Ryle Theological College, Ottawa, Ontario
May 19, 2016
The Israelite Prophets
– Listening to the Prophets
– Seeing what the Prophets See
– Idolatry, Covetousness and Injustice:  A Prophetic Theme

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

Select Publications & Presentations

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).