Dr. Rod Decker
- Th.D. (NT), Central Baptist Seminary (MN), 1998 Dissertation: “Temporal Deixis of the Greek Verb in the Gospel of Mark in Light of Verbal Aspect”
- Th.M., Detroit Baptist Seminary, 1980
- M.Div., Baptist Bible Seminary (formerly … School of Theology), 1978
- B.S., Baptist Bible College, 1974
- 12 years pastoral ministry Fellowship Baptist Church, Glen Mills, PA, 1978-79 Calvary Baptist Church, Ecorse, MI, 1980-82The Country Church, Caro, MI, 1982-90
- Instructor in Bible, theology, and biblical languages, Calvary Bible College, Kansas City, MO, 1990-93
- Assistant Professor, NT and theology, Calvary Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, 1993-96
- Adjunct Professor of NT, Central Baptist Seminary, Minneapolis, MN, 1994-95.
- Assistant Professor of NT, Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA, 1996-2000; Associate Professor, 2000-2006; Professor, 2007-.
- Courses taught at the MDiv level include the first three semesters of Greek (in a 3 year curriculum), NT textual criticism, and survey of Greek literature (non-NT koine reading). At the PhD level: intertextuality (= use of OT in NT), NT biblical theology, advanced Greek grammar, and NT textual criticism.
- La Biblia en Nuestro Idioma. Lima, Peru, SA, Seminario Teologico Bautista, 2004. (One portion of the lecture series noted below.)
- Temporal Deixis of the Greek Verb in the Gospel of Mark with Reference to Verbal Aspect. Studies in Biblical Greek, v. 10. Edited by D. A. Carson. New York: Peter Lang, 2000. See the page devoted to this book.
- The English Bible. Kansas City: Calvary Theological Seminary, 1993.
- Contemporary Dispensationalism. Kansas City: Calvary Theological Seminary, 1992.
- The Expositor’s Toolbox. Co-edited with James Raiford. Kansas City: Calvary Theological Seminary, 1992.
- A Koine Greek Reader (New Testament, Septuagint, Apostolic Fathers, Creeds), 2007 (Kregel).
Books in Process
Learning Koine Greek (Baker Academic, forthcoming).
Mark: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament series), under contract and in preparation.
- “The English Bible.” Calvary Bible College (Kansas City) lecture series, 2/16-17/1993.
- The Clearwater Lectures, Central Baptist Seminary of Virginia Beach, VA, ”Twisted Text? The NT’s Uses of the OT,” Oct. 14, 2002.
- La Biblia en Nuestro Idioma. Seminario Teologico Bautista, Lima, Peru, SA, Oct. 2004.
- The Wm. R. Rice Lectures, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen Park, MI, “Is It Better to Bury or to Burn? A Biblical Perspective on Cremation and Christianity in Western Culture,” March 15, 2006.
- The MacDonald Lectures, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN, ”Crucial Issues in the Book of Hebrews,” Feb. 9, 2010
Articles in Works Edited by Others
- “Adapting Technology to Teach Koine Greek.” In Studying the Greek New Testament: Papers from the SBL Greek Language and Linguistics Section. Edited by S. E. Porter and M. B. O’Donnell. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, forthcoming.
- “Dispensationalism.” In Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2004.
- The Dictionary of Premillennial Theology, contributor. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1997. (Articles: “new covenant, theology of”; “new covenant, dispensational views of”; and “people of God.”)
- “Markan Idiolect in the Study of the Greek of the New Testament,” The Language of the New Testament: Context, History and Development, ed. Stanley Porter and Andrew Pitts. Studies in the Language of the New Testament, Brill Linguistic Biblical Studies. Brill, forthcoming.
- “Polity and the Elder Issue.” Grace Theological Journal 9 (1988) 257-78.
- “The New Covenant and the Church.” BibliothecaSacra 152 (1995): 290-305, 431-56 (2 part series).
- “The Semantic Range of νῦν in the Gospels as Related to Temporal Deixis.” Trinity Journal 16 ns (1995): 187-217.
- “The Use of εὐθύς (‘immediately’) in Mark.” Journal of Ministry and Theology 1.1 (1997): 90-121. (An earlier version
- is online.)
- “Review Article: Mari Olsen, A Semantic and Pragmatic Model of Lexical and Grammatical Aspect. Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics. New York: Garland, 1997.” Journal of Ministry and Theology 2.1 (1998): 110?20.
- “Studies in Hebrews.” 6-part series, Journal of Ministry and Theology. Part 1: “The Original Readers of Hebrews,” 3.2 (1999): 20-49; Part 2: “The Intentional Structure of Hebrews,” 4.2 (fall 2000): 80-105; Part 3: “The Warnings of Hebrews 3-4,” 5.1 (spring 2001): 5-27; Part 4: “The Warning of Hebrews 6,” 5.2 (fall 2001): 26-48; Part 5: “The Exhortations of Hebrews 10:19-25,” 6.1 (spring 2002): 44-62. Part 6: “Trampling the Son of God Under Foot: The Warning of Hebrews 10:26-31,” 6.2 (fall 2002): 30-39.
- “Realistic or Historical Narrative?” Journal of Ministry and Theology 4.1 (spring 2000): 52-81. (An earlier version is online.)
- “Communicating the Text in the Postmodern Ethos of Cyberspace: Cautions Regarding the Technology and the Text.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 5 (fall 2000): 45-70. (An earlier version of this paper is available online in .pdf format.)
- Review of Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, rev. & ed. F. W. Danker, 3d ed. (Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2000). Journal of Ministry and Theology 5.1 (spring 2001): 121-23. Also online with numerous other additional resources related to BDAG.
- “Revisioning the Nature of Biblical Revelation: A Critique of Stanley Grenz’s Proposals,” The Journal of Ministry and Theology 8 (Spring 2004): 5-36.
- “The English Standard Version New Testament: A Review Article,” The Journal of Ministry and Theology 8.2 (Fall 2004): 5-56.
- “World Ministry: Translation and Training for the Two-Thirds World,” The Journal of Ministry and Theology 9.1 (Spring 2005): 72-89.
- “Verbal-Plenary Inspiration and Translation.” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 11 (2006): 25-61.
- “Is It Better to Bury or to Burn? A Biblical Perspective on Cremation and Christianity in Western Culture.” Journal of Ministry and Theology, part 1: 11.1 (2007): 24-48; part 2: 11.2 (2007): 38-76.
Academic/Professional Papers Presented
(* = later published or accepted for publication; see above)
- “The Semantic Range of νῦν in the Gospels as Related to Temporal Deixis.” Evangelical Theological Society, Midwest Regional Meeting, St. Paul, MN, 3/17/95.*
- “Preaching Jesus to Skeptics.” Faculty Forum, Baptist Bible Seminary, 1997.
- The following three papers are sequential revisions of the same work: ”Communicating the Text in the Information Age: Issues from Cyberspace.” Faculty Forum, Baptist Bible Seminary, 12/11/98. “Communicating the Text in the Postmodern Ethos of Cyberspace: Cautions Regarding the Technology and the Text.” Evangelical Theological Society, Eastern Regional Meeting, Evangelical School of Theology, Meyerstown, PA, 3/26/99. “Interpreting the Text in the Postmodern Ethos of Cyberspace: Cautions Regarding the Technology and the Text.” Bible Faculty Leadership Summit, Central Baptist Seminary, Minneapolis, 8/5/99.*
- “Verbal Aspect in Recent Debate: Objections to Porter’s Non-Temporal View of the Verb.” Evangelical Theological Society, Eastern Region Annual Meeting, 3/30/01, Philadelphia Biblical University, Langhorne, PA.
- “The Pluralistic Predicament.” Bible Faculty Leadership Summit, Faith Baptist Bible College and Seminary, 7/26/01.
- “May Evangelicals Dispense with Propositional Revelation? A Renewed Assault on an Evangelical Essential.” Evangelical Theological Society, Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO, 11/14/01. Also presented at Eastern Regional ETS meeting 3/22/02 at Capital Bible Seminary, Lanham, MD under the title “Revisioning the Nature of Biblical Revelation: A Critique of Stanley Grenz’s Proposals,” and at the 2002 Bible Faculty Summit, at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minn., 8/2/02.
- “Adapting Technology to Teach Koine Greek.” Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 11/18/01.*
- “The English Standard Version: A Review Article,” BBS Faculty Forum lecture, 3/18/04.*
- “World Ministry: The ESV as a Window into Translation and Training for the Two-Thirds World,” Bible Faculty Summit, Piedmont Baptist College, Winston-Salem, NC, July 2004.*
- “Guarding the Gospel at the Translation Level: The Relationship between Verbal-Plenary Inspiration and Translation.” Bible Faculty Summit. Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen Park, MI, Aug. 2005.
- “What Does a Translator Have to Offer the Reader? A Response to Dr. C. John Collins,” plenary response paper presented at Northeastern Region ETS meeting, 4/1/2006, Mid-America Baptist Seminary, Northeast Campus, Schenectady, NY.
- “The Influence of Culture on Death Rituals: Cremation in Western Culture,” Bible Faculty Summit, Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, FL, July 2006.
- Respondent to W. E. Glenny at the Dispensational Study Group at the ETS annual meeting, Nov. 2006 (Washington DC): “Gentiles and the People of God: A Study of Apostolic Hermeneutics and Theology in Acts 15.”
- “If You Meet the Undertaker Before the ‘Uppertaker’: A Christian View of Death, Dying, and Funerals,” Faculty Forum, Baptist Bible Seminary, March 2007.
- “The Rehabilitation of Heresy: ‘Misquoting’ Earliest Christianity,” Bible Faculty Summit, Central Baptist Seminary, Plymouth, MN, July 2007.
- “Markan Idiolect in the Study of the Greek of the New Testament,” ETS annual meeting, Nov. 2009 (New Orleans)
- “The Function(s) of the Imperfect Tense in Mark’s Gospel,” SBL annual meeting, Nov. 2009 (New Orleans)
- “The Grammar of Christology,” Bible Faculty Summit, July 2010, Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, WI
Internet and Electronic Publications
- Galilee True Type Greek Font, v. 1.0, 2002.
- GalileeU True Type Unicode Greek Font, v. 1.0, 2003.
- Church Tracks, a church management database designed for new churches and church plant projects (written in FileMaker Pro Developer, v. 7, Windows and Macintosh), 2004.
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Society of Biblical Literature
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