We recently asked several members of our faculty the following question:
What class from your own Seminary (or College/Graduate School) most influenced you and why?
Here are some of the responses we received:
Dr. Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div. Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary):
I’m going to cheat and pick two. The first was an independent study that I did on the Hebrew text of Amos. It was not so much the content of the course as much as the interaction with the professor, Liz Ngan, that helped me decide to follow the path I have in Old Testament studies.
The first class that I thought of, however, when you asked the question was a history elective that I took with Dwight Honeycutt called Classics of Christian Devotion. We read books on Christian spirituality from all eras of the church. That class opened my eyes to the broadness of the church throughout its history. Yet in that broadness there was a sameness in the effort of all saints to worship our Lord and serve him in an appropriate way. I learned aspects of prayer from Teresa of Avila that I had not known.I learned simplicity from Thomas a Kempis. I learned holiness from William Law. It was definitely a class that has stuck with me and which I continue to go back to twenty years later.
Dr. Maurice Robinson, Senior Professor of New Testament (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.Div., Th.M., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary):
Easy answer: Summer Session Hebrew 1 & 2, in 1971 under Elmo Scoggin. The class in a matter of weeks taught me to put my nose to the grindstone, memorize vocabulary and syntax-related materials, and to put what had been learned to immediate use in the reading, exegesis, and interpretation of the Old Testament Scriptures. The skills learned thereby then carried over with profit into all remaining areas of my seminary studies.
Stay tuned for more answers from our faculty.