Ken M. Penner

Degree: 
Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Phone: 
(902) 867-2265
Fax: 
(902) 867-3610
Building: 
Nicholson Tower
Office: 
409
email: 
kpenner@stfx.ca
Research Interests: 
Early Judaism, Early Christianity
 
Office Hours - Winter 2017:
Tuesday: 11:10-12:10
Wednesday: 8:50-12:10
Thursday: 10:10-11:50

After studying Photogrammetry (British Columbia Institute of Technology), Computer Science (Simon Fraser University), and Biblical Studies (Columbia Bible College), Ken Penner graduated from Regent College with a Master of Christian Studies degree in biblical languages focussing on Greek verbal aspect. His quest to better understand the context in which Jesus lived then set him on the path to completed an MA and PhD in Religious Studies at McMaster University with a major in Second Temple Judaism, and a minor in Early Christianity. Ken previously taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Biblical Greek and Hebrew at Acadia. Ken’s current projects include the “Online Critical Pseudepigrapha” project (http://ocp.stfx.ca/), which provides scholarly editions of Jewish non-canonical writings in their original languages; the “Megillot” international forum for scholarly discussion of the Dead Sea Scrolls (http://mailman.McMaster.CA/mailman/listinfo/g-megillot); and the “Flash! Pro” vocabulary memorization software for biblical Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, German, French, etc..Ken’s publications and conference presentations include:

Book

2011    Essays on Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature in Honor of Eileen Schuller on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday (Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judea 98; ed. Jeremy Penner, Ken M. Penner, and Cecilia Wassen; Leiden: Brill, 2011). ISBN 978-90-04-21450-7.

Refereed Articles

“Realized or Future Salvation in the Hodayot,” Journal of Biblical Studies [journalofbiblicalstudies.org] 2:1.
“The Fate of Josephus’ Antiquitates Judaicae 13:171–173: Ancient Judean Philosophy in Context,” Journal of Biblical Studies [journalofbiblicalstudies.org] 1:4.

Encyclopedia Articles

Submitted “History of the Research on the Hebrew Verbal System” in Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Boston: Brill).

2011    “Dead Sea Scrolls” in The Oxford Dictionary of the Books of the Bible (New York: Oxford University Press).

2009    “Merathaim,” “Meshezabel,” “Mibzar,” “Mishma,” “Nephthar,“Nephtoah, “Nezib, “Nibshan,“Nimshi,“Noadiah,“Northeaster, the,“Oboth,“Pagiel in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible volume 4 (Nashville: Abingdon).

2008    “Mattathiah,” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible volume 3 (Nashville: Abingdon).

Conference Presentations

SBL 2011     “Locating the Fulfilment of Isaiah’s Prophecies in Time: The Early Christian Evidence” Greek Bible section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2011.

CSBS 2011   “Morphological Indications of Purpose in Greek Isaiah.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Fredericton, May 2011.

SBL 2010     “Contemporizing Interpretation in Greek Isaiah: Real or Imagined?” International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Atlanta, November 21, 2010.

CSBS 2010   “Why the Differences between LXX and MT Isaiah?” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, May 2010.

SBL 2007     “Peculiarities of the Codex Vaticanus manuscript of Isaiah.” Society of Biblical Literature 2007 Annual Meeting.

SBL 2007     “Citation Formulae as Indices to Canonicity in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature.” Society of Biblical Literature 2007 Annual Meeting.

SBL 2005     “Publishing Critical Texts on the Web: Issues in Mounting the Online Critical Pseudepigrapha”(with Ian W. Scott), Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Computer Aided Research Section, November 2005.

SBL 2004     “Greek Names for Hebrew and Aramaic: A Case for Lexical Revision,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Greek Language and Linguistics Section, November 2004.

SBL 2004     “Toward a Method of Tagging Hebrew Tense, Aspect, and Mood,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Computer Aided Research Section, November 2004.

CSBS 2004   “Realized or Future Salvation in the Hodayot: The Value of the Tenses,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, May–June 2004.

CSBS 2003   “What language did Paul speak in Acts 21–22? Ancient names for Hebrew and Aramaic,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Halifax, May 2003.

CSBS 2002   “The Fate of Josephus’ Antiquitates Judaicae 13:171–173: Ancient Judean Philosophy in Context,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 2002.

 

Ken is a member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies.