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Old Testament

구약학1 Cristian G. Rata, PhD|Professor of Old Testament  |  Email :
Dr. Rata joined the Old Testament department after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto (Canada). He also earned master's degrees: in Hebrew language and literature from the University of Toronto and in the Old Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA, USA). His doctoral research was on the finite verb in the book of Job. Being of Romanian heritage, Dr. Rata has ministered in Romanian churches in Canada and in the United States. His interests include Wisdom literature, Semitic languages, biblical archaeology and theology, and Islamic studies. He is married with four children: Isaiah, David, Talitha and Yohan.
구약학2 Soon Jin Choi, PhD|Professor of Old Testament  |  Email :
Dr. Soon Jin Choi joined our faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2008. Dr. Choi began his higher education at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, Korea. His first love was science and he obtained a Master of Science from the University of Texas in Austin (USA). While working on his doctoral program in science at Washington University, he took a few theological courses at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia, PA, USA). It became clear to him that his calling was for Christian ministry, so he decided to transfer as a full-time student into the MDiv program. After graduating from Westminster, he received a Master of Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA, USA and a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England. His doctoral advisor was Dr. Gordon McConville and his thesis topic was “A New Heart to Know the Lord: Rhetorical Analysis of Jeremiah 21-24.” His teaching and research interests are as follows: Old Testament prophetic books, hermeneutics, rhetorical analysis, and the background of the Old Testament.
구약학3 Hannah S. An, PhD|Associate Professor of Old Testament  |  Email :
Dr. Hannah S. An joined Torch Trinity in 2015. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (BA), Chongshin University (MDiv), Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University (MTS), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). She was also a visiting student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Rothberg International School) in Israel. Dr. An’s primary research area is the Pentateuch and her dissertation focused on the ritual prescriptions of Leviticus 4-5. Other research interests include ethical and ritual laws of the Pentateuch, theology of sin and redemption, priestly leadership, reception history of Leviticus in Christian and Jewish literature, ancient Near Eastern ritual texts, and Northwest Semitic epigraphy. As an ordained minister by KAICAM (Korean Association of Independent Churches and Missions), Dr. An is committed to serving the church of Christ through teaching and preaching the Word of God.