(Many people consider the Old Testament to be complicated,...)
Many people consider the Old Testament to be complicated, mysterious, and far removed from current thought and life. A textbook on the Old Testament should not deepen these attitudes, but work to replace them. They Spoke from God addresses the writings of the Old Testament in simple language and in a personal style that speaks directly to the reader. It not only provides the student with a basic grasp of relevant passages, it also relates the biblical text to historical, theological, and ethical questions. Most importantly, They Spoke from God demonstrates how the various portions of the Old Testament fit together with one another, held together by the story of a God at work to redeem his people.
Diploma in Ministerial Studies, North-East Bible Institute, 1962. Bachelor in Biblical Studies, Center Bible College, 1963. Master of Arts in Religion, Center Bible College, 1964.
Master of Arts in Hebrew and Near Eastern Studies, New York University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Language and Literature, New York University, 1975. Postgraduate, Hebrew University, 1978.
Postgraduate, Institute Holyland Studies, 1986.
Reformed library Hebraic section, Library. of Congress, Washington, 1967-1969;
professor Old Testament, Southern California College, Costa Mesa, since 1969;
Adjunct Professor Old Testament, Melodyland School Theology, Anaheim, California, 1975-1977;
visiting professor Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1978-1981, 84;
visiting professor Old Testament, Asian Theological Center for Evangelism and Missions, Singapore and Sabah, E. Malaysia., 1985;
visiting professor Old Testament, Continental Bible College, Saint Pieters-Leeuw, Belgium., 1985;
visiting professor Old Testament, Mattersey Bible College, England, 1985;
visiting professor Old Testament, Institute Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem, 1986;
visiting professor Old Testament, Regent U., 1994. Translation consultant and reviser New American Std. Bible, 1969-1994; translation consultant The New International Version, 1975-1976, New Century Version, 1991, The New Living Translation, 1992-1995, New International Version, Reader's Version, 1993-1994.
Translation consultant and editor International Children's Version, 1985-1986.
Member Society Biblical Literature, Evangelical Theological Society (executive office 1974-1977), American Academy Religion, National Association professors of Hebrew, Institute Biblical Research, The Lockman Foundation (honorary member board directors 1992-1994, member editorial board 1974-1994).
Married Alma Simmenroth Williams, June 27, 1959. 1 child, Linda.