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William Yarchin, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies, Department of Biblical Studies, Dean's Endowed Professorship in Biblical Studies
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5683
Email: byarchin@apu.edu
Fax: (626) 815-5469
William Yarchin, Ph.D., an APU faculty member since 1993, is a professor in the Division of Religion and Philosophy for the School of Theology. He teaches courses in Biblical Exegesis and Interpretation. Yarchin's scholarly interests revolve around the intersection of science and religion and the history of biblical interpretation. Lecturing on these topics have taken him to Canada, Israel, and Sicily. A member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Association, Yarchin recently published a book on the history of Biblical Interpretation. Prior to teaching at APU, Yarchin served as director of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center in Claremont, California.

Education

Ph.D. - Religion, Claremont Graduate School, 1993
M.A. - Religion, Claremont Graduate School, 1985
B.A. - Religious Studies, Southern California College, 1976

Credentials/Certifications
Graduate Study, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 1980-81

Departments

  • Honors College
  • School of Theology
    • Undergraduate: Department of Biblical Studies

Expertise

  • History of Biblical Interpretation
  • Science and Religion
  • World Religions and Religious Issues

Courses Taught

UBBL 100 – Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy
UBBL 320 – Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
UBBL 460 – Theology of the Old Testament
UBBL 471 – History of Biblical Interpretation
UBBL 472 – Biblical Apocalyptic
GDMN 782 – Scripture: Its Spirituality and Proclamation

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Publications
Yarchin, W. (2005). What Do We Learn about the Bible by Studying the History of its Interpretation? Published in The Bible and Interpretation found at http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/Learn_about_bible1.htm

Yarchin, W. (2004). History of Biblical Interpretation: A reader. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson.

Yarchin, W. (2003). [Review of Pleins, D. P., The Social Visions of the Hebrew Bible: A Theological Introduction] for Christian Scholars Review, 32, p. 252-255.

Yarchin, W. (2002). [Review of Rogerson, J. R., Moberly, W. L., and Johnstone, W., Genesis and Exodus] for Review of Biblical Literature at http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/1656_3207.pdf.

Yarchin, W. (2001). [Review of Dotan, A., Biblical Hebraica Leningradensis, prepared according to the Vocalization, Accents, and Masora of Aaron ben Moses ben Asher in the Leningrad codex] for Christian Scholars Review, 31, p. 247-251.

Yarchin, W. and Hartley, J. (2000). Structure and Coherence in Amos 4. In Kim, W., Ellens, D., Floyd, M., and Sweeney, M. (Eds.), Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millennium: Form, Concept, and Theological Perspectives in the Hebrew Bible, Vol. 2, p. 170-183. Harrisburg: Trinity Press.

Yarchin, W. (2000). [Review of Patrick, D., The Rhetoric of Revelation in the Hebrew Bible] for Religious Studies Review, 26, p. 368-69.

Yarchin, W. (2000). Text Criticism, Text Composition, and Text Concept in 2 Samuel 23 and 24. In Kim, W., Ellens, D., Floyd, M., and Sweeney, M. (Eds.), Reading the Hebrew Bible for a New Millennium: Form, Concept, and Theological Perspectives in the Hebrew Bible, Vol. 2, p. 310-330. Harrisburg: Trinity Press.

Yarchin, W. (1999). [Review of Brown, W.P., The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis Moral Imagination in the Bible]. Published in Review of Biblical Literature at http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/120_643.pdf.

Yarchin, W. (1998). An Evil Spirit from God? Published in Journal of Biblical Studies at http://web/infoave.net/~jwest/index/htm.

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Chairperson, Institute Review Board, Azusa Pacific University, 1995-present

Liaison faculty, Jerusalem University College, 1995-present

Chairperson, Research Council, Azusa Pacific University, 1994-95

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Honors, Awards, Recognition
Creative Education Project Grant, Azusa Pacific University, 1999-2000
Faculty Research Grant, Azusa Pacific University, 1999-2000
Creative Education Project Grant, Azusa Pacific University, 1998
Faculty Research Grant, Azusa Pacific University, 1997
Outstanding Professor of the Year, Azusa Pacific University, 1986-87
Outstanding Professor of the Year, Azusa Pacific University, 1985-86
Alpha Chi Award for Outstanding Teaching, Azusa Pacific University, 1984-85
Outstanding Professor of the Year, Azusa Pacific University, 1983-84
Research Fellow, American Schools for Oriental Research, Jerusalem, 1980

Associations, Boards, Committees
Member, Society of Biblical Literature
Member, Catholic Biblical Association
Board of Advisors, Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center
Member, Research Council, Azusa Pacific University, 1993-present
Director, Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center, Claremont, California 1992-93
Invited Respondent, Conference on Interpretation of Nature and Scripture at the Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario
Dead Sea Scrolls Photography Preservation Project, Jerusalem, 1984

Office Hours

Fall 2008: MTWR 9-10am

Office Location

School of Theology
John and Marilyn Duke Academic Complex, Room 212, West Campus

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