Biblical Studies Conference Speaker Bios
Dr. Craig Blomberg joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 1986. He is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament. Dr. Blomberg completed his PhD in New Testament, specializing in the parables and the writings of Luke-Acts, at Aberdeen University in Scotland. He received an MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a BA from Augustana College. Before joining the faculty of Denver Seminary, he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House. In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels (now revised in a 21st century edition), Interpreting the Parables, Matthew for the New American Commentary series, 1 Corinthians for the NIV Application Commentary series, Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey; Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions; Making Sense of the New Testament; Preaching the Parables; Contagious Holiness: Jesus' Meals with Sinners; and From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts through Revelation.
Dr. Hélène Dallaire is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary. She is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance, and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. Dr. Dallaire earned a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in Hebrew and cognate studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, an M.A. in biblical literature from Oral Roberts University , and a B.A. in psychology from Ottawa University . She completed additional work at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Institute for Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem, McMaster University in Ontario, and Western Pentecostal Bible College in British Columbia . Prior to coming to Denver Seminary, Dr. Dallaire served five years on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in the position of director of Hebrew language instruction, one year on the faculty of Alliance Biblical Seminary in the Philippines, and completed 10 years of pastoral ministry at the Word Faith Christian Center in Canada. Dr. Dallaire has presented several academic papers at professional conferences on Hebrew language and pedagogy and is currently on the design team of the Communicative Hebrew Learning and Teaching project (CoHeLeT). She authored The Syntax of Volitives in Northwest Semitic Prose (Eisenbrauns - forthcoming), the "Esther" commentary in The Evangelical One-Volume Commentary of the Bible (Baker - forthcoming), and several articles in The Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture - (NavPress - forthcoming).
Dr. Jeffrey Feinberg received his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Theological Education. He is leader of Congregation Etz Chaim, Lincolnshire, IL, Secretary of the UMJC Executive Committee, and Director of the Foundation for Leadership and Messianic Education. Dr. Feinberg has authored several books and articles, including a five-volume devotional commentary series on the Messianic Jewish Reading Cycle entitled: Walk Genesis!, Walk Exodus!, Walk Leviticus!, Walk Numbers! and Walk Deuteronomy! Jeff and his wife, Pat, have developed Sabbath School curriculum and Hebrew literacy materials for use in Messianic congregations wishing to promote a Biblical worldview and lifestyle.
Dr. Michael Rydelnik is Professor of Jewish Studies at the Moody Bible Institute where he has taught since 1994. He received a Doctor of Missiology (Intercultural Studies) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an MA in Theology (NT Literatury and Exegesis) from Dallas Theological Seminary. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of Understanding the Arab Israeli Conflice: What the Headlines Haven't Told You (Moody), and They Called me Christ-Killer (Discovery House). He has contributed to To the Jew First, Storm Clouds on the Horizon, Prophecy in Light of Today, A Heart for the City, Voices of Messianic Judaism, The Moody Handbook on Preaching, and Proclaiming Jesus: Essays in Honor of Joseph M. Stowell. Dr. Rydelnik is editor of The Moody Bible Commentary. He has served on the translation team of the new Holman version of the Bible and has contributed to the Apologetics Study Bible (Holman) and the Holman Study Bible (Holman - forthcoming). He is currently writing Is the Hebrew Bible Messianic? (Holman - forthcoming).
Alan Shore is a Jewish believer who experienced his own Damascus road in the city of Paris in 1974. Since then he has had a variety of ministry-oriented vocations including pastor and instructor in biblical studies on the university level. He studied acting in New York City and is the co-founder of a community theater in Washington State. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and is also an accredited Thomas F. Staley Distinguished Scholar. Mr. Shore is currently pursuing a PhD in Jewish History & Culture at Graduate Theological Union - Berkeley.
The Lord has called Mr. Shore to be a field representative of Chosen People Ministries by speaking and acting in churches. In addition to teaching and Bible centered messages, Alan Shore is gifted in the dramatic presentation of A Chosen Vessel. This fifty-minute play, set in the dungeon where Paul is awaiting execution, is a recollection of his life and ministry that is completely faithful to the record of the Scripture. You will join Paul on the road to Damascus and share with him the moment that would change his life forever. You will journey with him to the cities where he and his companions proclaim the living message of the gospel. They bring each person and place alive through the literary ability of the author and the gripping portrayal of the actor. As the play unfolds, you will find yourself becoming increasingly involved with the scenes that they act out before you. Alan Shore and A Chosen Vessel are an experience not soon forgotten.
Rabbi Chaim Urbach is currently the leader of Congregation Yeshuat Tsion, in Denver, Colorado. He received an MA in Biblical Studies with New Testament concentration from Denver Seminary in 1991. Rabbi Urbach was one of the founding elders of congregation Ro'eh Yisrael in Denver, CO. He has served as officer of several Messianic Jewish organizations and has taught extensively in Messianic and Protestant congregational settings.