Introducing Doug Petrovich

Shepherds is delighted to welcome its newest faculty member, Douglas Petrovich, who on July 1 will join the faculty as Assistant Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis, as well as Chief Academic Officer. Douglas Petrovich Head Shot

Professor Petrovich holds a BA in Evangelism from Moody Bible Institute, as well as an MDiv (thesis: “in spirit” in Eph 5:18) and ThM (thesis: the textual variant, “in Ephesus,” in Eph 1:1) from Masters Seminary in California. (Both theses available at his webpage on the academia.edu website.) He served for 10 years in Siberia, Russia as the founder, primary faculty member, and academic dean at Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary. That experience afforded him a richly diverse teaching background, having crafted and taught a total of 25 different courses at NBTS, but his greatest specialties lie in the exegesis of the biblical text in the original languages and in biblical history. Since leaving Russia in 2008, Petrovich completed a master of arts in Syro-Palestinian archaeology at the University of Toronto and is currently working to finish his PhD dissertation in the same specialization; the focus of Doug’s dissertation is the ancient Syrian temple that he helped excavate at Tel Tayinat (modern Turkey), a temple that represents the closest known parallel to the First Temple built in Jerusalem under King Solomon. His first minor in his doctoral work is ancient Egyptian languages; his second is ancient Near Eastern religions.

Doug grew up in Akron, Ohio and is still an avid Buckeye fan. He and his wife, Sherri Beth, were married in 1991 and have three children: Alexander (1996), Elise (1997), and Danielle (2000). The children grew up in Russia and studied in Russian public schools; indeed, the move to Canada was the first time that they took classes in English. Alex will begin attending a Canadian university in the fall, while Elise has one more year of high school before starting her college career. Danielle, who excels at French and enjoys playing the violin, hopes to attend a Christian high school in the Cary area.

Professor Petrovich is an aggressive researcher and author, especially in the field of biblical history as it synchronizes with the finds of archeology. While in Russia, he published his first peer-reviewed journal article: “Amenhotep II and the Historicity of the Exodus Pharaoh” [The Master’s Seminary Journal, vol. 17/1 (2006): 81-110]. Then followed: “The Dating of Hazor’s Destruction in Joshua 11 by Means of Biblical, Archaeological, & Epigraphical Evidence” [Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, vol. 51/3 (2008): 489-512]; “Identifying Nimrod of Genesis with Sargon of Akkad by Exegetical and Archaeological Means” [JETS, vol. 56/2 (2013): 273-305]; and most recently his first peer reviewed article in an Egyptological journal: “Toward Pinpointing the Timing of the Egyptian Abandonment of Avaris during the Middle of the 18th Dynasty” [Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, vol. 5/2 (2013): 9-28]. Scheduled for publication in 2015: “The Ophel Pithos Inscription: Its Dating, Language, Translation, and Script” [Palestine Exploration Quarterly, vol. TBD]. Professor Petrovich is working to publish several books and many more journal articles after the completion of his dissertation,

Professor Petrovich served as an assistant pastor at Community Bible Church of the Foothills in Los Angeles County from 1996-1998, where he was ordained before leaving for Russia in 1998. While in Russia, he was a church-planting pastor in the Siberian city of Berdsk. Among his favorite ministry functions there were taking believers out to share the gospel in the local park and preaching in Russian from a Greek Bible. Professor Petrovich’s highest church-ministry calling is discipling men, which he has pursued in a variety of contexts. This underlying passion is what he most looks forward to putting into practice at STS, as he anticipates building his life into the students, faculty, and staff at the seminary. He believes that every relationship is an opportunity to draw someone closer to God and to be drawn closer himself through the experience. His confession: faithfulness in this calling is of the utmost eternal importance.

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