B.A., University of Illinois
M.Div., Lincoln Christian Seminary
M.A., Lincoln Christian Seminary
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Professor Robert Owens brings to the teaching of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible a wide background, both in parish ministry and in academic work. Prior to coming to General Seminary, he was Nakarai Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emmanuel School of Religion, and a faculty member at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore. He has twice been a visiting scholar at Wolfson College in Oxford University. He is a specialist in the Bible (the “Peshitta”) of the ancient Syriac-speaking church, and has contributed to publications of the Peshitta Institute at the University of Leiden and to The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon. He is now preparing the Book of Numbers for The Bible of Edessa project at Leiden. Such work on ancient bible translations relates to his general interest in Jewish and Christian biblical interpretation. He is a member of the International Syriac Language Project (Melbourne), and he serves on the editorial board of MAARAV: A Journal for the Study of of Northwest Semitic Languages and Literature. He also has special interest in biblical wisdom literature, and a particular concern for preaching and teaching the Bible in the church. Owens is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Catholic Biblical Association, Society of Biblical Literature, and The Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius.