Dr. Steven Boyd
Office: C.A.B.R.E. 103
Title: Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Creation Studies (CICS); Research Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Started at Calvary: January 2018
Professional Information: B.S. (Physics), Drexel University, 1975; M.S. (Physics), Drexel University, 1977; Th.M. (Semitics & Old Testament), Dallas Theological Seminary, 1985; M.Phil., (Hebraic & Cognate Studies), Hebrew Union College, 1990; Ph.D. (Hebraic & Cognate Studies), Hebrew Union College, 1993.
Favorite aspect of teaching at Calvary: I have taught only one course so far at Calvary—and that was team teaching OT Overview II with Dr. Baurain. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching my part of the course (I taught Isaiah, Jeremiah, Psalms, and Proverbs) and working with and getting to know Tom. I also thoroughly enjoyed the students (graduate students, whom I have taught before; but mostly I have taught college students [for sixteen years] before), several of whom have expressed interest in our pending Ph.D. program.
Speaking of which, it has been rewarding, albeit challenging, to be involved with the development of that program. It is greatly encouraging to witness the enthusiasm and whole-hearted support from faculty and administration for this new venture for the institution. I and my family are looking forward to what the Lord has ahead for Calvary through that program. I am also excited about the prospect of teaching at the doctoral level.
And although it is not teaching per se, we have great anticipation for what the Lord is going to do with the Center for Interdisciplinary Creation Research. On another note, we like the people here; everyone seems to be happy to be here and have us here. This is all very encouraging!
Favorite class to teach: I love to teach Hebrew and Semitic languages at all levels and share with the students my ‘color system’. I also love to teach Genesis, Exodus, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, History of Israel, Old Testament Theology, and Theology of Salvation.
I love to share cutting-edge insights drawn from my research projects with students and watch their eyes light up as they come to a deeper understanding of Scripture. And in that regard, my mission in the Ph.D. program will be to lead the students into a deep understanding of Scripture through the application of rigorous, linguistically-based methodology to the original text so that they become independent original interpreters of Scripture. I find that prospect very exciting!
Originally from: I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (although I mostly grew up outside Philly), and there received my B.S and M.S. in physics from Drexel University. I moved to Dallas to attend DTS. After we got married we lived briefly in Dallas, then outside of Philly to start my doctoral work. Then we moved to Cinti, Ohio, where I completed it and afterward was an associate research scholar on a major project.
After that, in search of a teaching position, we moved back to the Philadelphia suburbs. Then we had a brief stint in Buffalo before I started my teaching ministry as an emergency fill-in at Capital Bible Seminary.
Westward, Ho! Next, we were off to the Pacific Northwest, where I was a visiting professor at a seminary for one year. Then, we slid down the coast to The Master’s College in southern California, where I taught Hebrew, Bible, and theology for sixteen years and became deeply involved in Creation research, speaking, and publication, first with the RATE project and most recently as the director of the CCRG.
How did past ministry/professional experience lead to your position at Calvary: We were looking for a school which was conservative, dispensational, held to unlimited atonement, enthusiastically embraced young-earth creationism, both appreciated and encouraged scholarship but also loved the students, had a high regard for the biblical languages, would encourage my research and would give me the opportunity to teach. Since we are all those things or involved with all those things, Calvary is a perfect match for us.
Ministry/Professional involvement outside of Calvary: See my CV and creationwiki.org/Steven_Boyd. We are not from this area and are newbies at Calvary, but we have been given opportunities for ministry in chapel, at several conferences, and at a showing of Is Genesis History? and the subsequent Q&A in chapel.
I think that the most amazing and unexpected thing that has previously happened to us is our involvement with the creationist movie, Is Genesis History?. It just may be that through that vehicle I conveyed the truth of the Creation account to more people than I did in all my previous years of ministry! A huge plus was that I was interviewed and filmed in the rare book room of the Klau library at The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where we spent so many years working hard for the Ph.D., raising our son, and ministering at the local church.
I also must say that it has been a delight to work with Andrew Snelling and the group of budding Hebraists CCRG comprises! The first deliverable from that research project is published, I am working with my team on the second, and a third is planned. I think there is a dearth of linguistically-based research on the Hebrew text in Genesis 1–11; and I trust that my team, Lord willing, will be able to address this deficiency and make a contribution to the cause.
There is one final thing I would mention: I was honored to be asked to contribute a chapter on the Hebrew stems to a Festschrift for my doctoral advisor—a chapter which, amazingly, he highly regards!