I am married to Susan since Sept. 15, 1984. We have three children: Erich (11-3-87), Elizabeth (7-3-90), and Sophia (6-4-93), all shown here four-wheeling, and below at Stone Harbor, NJ in August 2008 (Sue, Lizz, and Sophie are happy, I am putting up with it all, Erich’s disdain is palpable). My parents, Hans (d. 3-21-06) and Ingrid (d. 2-25-09), came to the US from Germany in 1956. I also have an older sister Angie, who lives with her family outside of Syracuse, NY. We grew up more or less in northern N.J. (River Vale).
I graduated from Messiah College in 1982, from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1989, and from Harvard University in 1994. I taught at Westminster Theological Seminary from 1994-2008.
My academic interests continue to develop, but they include: Old Testament Theology, Biblical Theology, Wisdom Literature (esp. Ecclesiastes), the NT’s use of the OT, Second Temple literature, and the general issue of how the historical context of Scripture affects how we understand the nature of Scripture within Reformed and Evangelical commitments.
On a less academic note, as my students can well attest, I have one and only one sports passion, the NY Yankees (one is enough), although I usually find myself firmly in the grips of March Madness. I have been drawn into the worlds depicted by novelist Stephen Lawhead. I am also a Simpsons and The Office fan.