Professor of World Christianity/NAME Studies and Director of the Islamic Studies Program
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1998
Dissertation: "Ishmael in Biblical History"
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1994
Postgraduate research in Human Microbiology, University of Montpellier, France, 1981-1982
M.S. (Human Microbiology), University of Aix-Marseille, France, 1981
M.S. (Natural Sciences), Lebanese University, Lebanon, 1980
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas
Professor of World Christianity/NAME Studies, 2013-Present
Associate Professor of Missions, 2004-2013
Director of Islamic Studies Program, 2009-Present
Assistant Dean, 2005-2009
Courses offered: Arabs/Ishmael and Biblical History, Introduction to Missiology, Islamic History, Culture and Philosophy, Christian Inquiry to Islamic Faith and Practice, Pre-Islamic Christianity in the Middle East, Beginning Arabic I, Beginning Arabic II
Instituto Iberoamericano de Estudios Transculturales (IIBET), Malago/Spain, 2009-Present
“Missions in the Context of Violence in the Middle East,” in Missions in Contexts of Violence, Evangelical Missiological Society Series no. 15, edited by Keith E. Eitel (Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library Publishers, 2007).
Arabs in the Shadow of Israel: The Unfolding of God's Prophetic Plan for Ishmael's Line, Kregel Publications, 2003.
Nash’at al-’aalam wal-bashariyyah: qiraa’ah mu’aasirah lisifr al-takwîn (trans, Origin of the World and Humanity: A Modern Reading of the Book of Genesis). Beirut: Dar el-Jeel, 2001. Contributor.
"Were the Magi from Persia or Arabia?" Bibliotheca Sacra, 156 (Oct-Dec., 1999), 423-42.
American Academy of Religion
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature
Church Membership: Travis Avenue Baptist Church
Interests: Speaking on the topic of Arabs in Biblical History, worldwide Bible preaching and conferences, Christian-Muslim relationships and interaction
Languages: Arabic, French, English, Hebrew, Greek, and German
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1998, Dissertation: "Ishmael in Biblical History"; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1994;
Postgraduate research in Human Microbiology, University of Montpellier, France, 1981-1982; M.S. (Human Microbiology), University of Aix-Marseille, France, 1981; M.S. (Natural Sciences), Lebanese University, Lebanon, 1980
Examines the Qur'an's content, relation to Islamic sources, internal consistency, and the literary process by which it was collected. The Hadith will be analyzed with its impact on Islamic law and its interpretations of the Qur'an. Students will learn to meet objections raised for the reliability of the Bible and to compare and contrast the use of scriptures in Islam and Christianity.