AN INTRODUCTION TO THE AUTHOR
DR. J. PAUL TANNER
Paul is currently a traveling teacher and curriculum writer for BEE World Ministries, and lives near Tyler, Texas. He and his wife (Linda) lived for five years in the Middle East, while Paul was the Academic Dean and Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at the Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary. Originally from Abilene, Texas in the United States, Paul graduated from Texas Tech University in 1972 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. During his senior year as an engineering student, he received Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Upon graduation from Texas Tech, Paul served for three years as a chaplain's assistant in the U. S. Army and grew in his love and understanding of the Word of God.
Upon completion of his military duties, he went on to earn the ThM (Master of Theology) degree with honors from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981, majoring in Hebrew and Old Testament studies. In the summer of 1984, he did further studies at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. In 1990 he was awarded the PhD degree in Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in Hebrew literature and culture from the University of Texas. His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Textual Patterning in Biblical Hebrew Narrative; A Case Study in Judges 6-8." As a doctoral student, he was chosen to receive the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS Fellowship) awarded by the United States Dept. of Education.
Prior to coming to Jordan in July of 2000, Paul previously taught on the faculty of the International School of Theology at the headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ in California (1982, 1985-86), as well as being one of the initial faculty members for ISOT-Asia in the Philippines from 1983-1985. From 1991 through 1995, he served as Dean of Academic Development at the East Asia School of Theology in Singapore. From 1995 through 1999, he was Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament Studies at Singapore Bible College. From 2000-2005, he was a professor at JETS, and served for over three years as the Academic Dean of the school. In addition to his formal training and teaching experience in the field of Hebrew studies, he has had several professional papers published in journals such as Bibliotheca Sacra, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin, The Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, and Trinity Journal. Paul is the author of the "Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews" in The Grace New Testament Commentary. He has also written a book entitled A Walk in the Psalms, which was published in Arabic in 2004. [Click here to access Paul's published journal articles].
Paul and Linda have been married for forty years as of June 8 2014. They first met as college students at Texas Tech University and served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for fifteen years. Paul and Linda have two grown children, a daughter named Brook and a son named Brandon. In addition to their ministry in the Philippines, Singapore and Jordan, Paul and Linda have also served the Lord in West Germany and Liberia West Africa, as well as short term teaching assignments in Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and Sarawak, East Malaysia. In the summer of 1994, Paul and his son Brandon worked on an evangelistic project in the interior of Outer Mongolia, traveling by jeep to show the Jesus film.
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