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Mr. Rick Bennett

Instructor of History

Degrees Earned

Clearwater Christian College, 2007
B.A. Bible
Summa Cum Laude
Reformed Theological Seminary, 2009
M.A. Biblical Studies
Macquarie University, 2013
M.A. Coptic Studies
Thesis Title: "A Case for the Relative Consistency of Nomina Sacra in Documentary Papyri"
Additional Graduate studies: Tyndale House, Cambridge, UK. Summer, 2007

Courses Taught

Ancient Middle East: Creation-476
Greek and Roman Empires

Teaching and Professional Experience

Pastoral Intern, Westtown Church (PCA) - 2012-Present
Project Manager, Accordance Bible Software - 2007-Present
Lab Instructor, Reformed Theological Seminary - 2008-2009
Guest Lecturer, Reformed Theological Seminary and Clearwater Christian College


Society of Biblical Literature
Tyndale Fellowship

Selected Conference Presentations

"'Nomina Sacra' in P.Lond. 6.1927: the norm or exception?" Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. San Francisco, Ca., November 2011.

"'Sacred' in the Eye of the Beholder? Another Look at 'Nomina Sacra' in Documentary Papyri from Christian Egypt." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Atlanta, Ga., November 2010.

"The Search for 'Nomina Sacra': An Analysis of the Distribution and Form of 'Nomina Sacra' in Early NT Papyri with New Technology." Paper presented at the International Meeting of the SBL. Rome, Italy, July 2009.

History is the unfolding of God's redemptive story on earth. When the appointed time had fully come, God sent Christ to redeem us (Gal 4:4). This awesome truth underlies my approach to studying ancient cultures. In my courses I'll attempt to blend traditional and collaborative techniques to bring a fresh approach to learning about the ancient cultures that have, in many cases, shaped where we are today.

Interests: Running, Cycling, competing in running and duathlon events. Apple tech gear. Rays Baseball. Coffee. Acting like a a super hero with my 3 year old son.