Dr. Mark E. Biddle

Dr. Biddle received his early education in the public schools of Orlando, FL and Ft. Payne, AL. He holds a BAH from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), a ThM from Rueschlikon Baptist Theological Seminary (Rueschlikon, Switzerland), and a DrTheol from the University of Zurich (Zurich, Switzerland). Dr. Biddle began his teaching career at Carson Newman College (now University), where he also directed the Honors Program. After almost a decade, he joined the faculty of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond as Professor of Old Testament, soon to become the Russell T. Cherry Professor there and to continue until the unfortunate closing of the school. Along the way, Biddle has taught adjunctively for SBTS, the Polish Baptist Theological Seminary in Warsaw-Radosc, and, currently, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond.

Dr. Biddle has published seven books, over forty articles, eleven translated volumes (from German to English), and scores of book reviews. He serves on the editorial board of the Review & Expositor, having served for two years as Associate Editor and seven as Managing Editor. He also serves on the editorial board of the Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary and is General Editor of the Reading the Old Testament series. He served for five years on the advisory board of Interpretation and as Issue Editor for R&E’s volumes on “Genesis,” “Song of Songs,” “Apocalyptic Literature,” “Transitions,”and “Esther” (forthcoming).  The history of Dr. Biddle’s church service includes associate minister positions in youth and music in Alabama and Kentucky and pastorates and interim pastorates in Indiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Germany, and Switzerland.

With four adult children, Dr. Biddle enjoys an increased level of involvement with music (piano, trombone, banjo), literature, and gardening, all of which he considers key to his mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. These interests parallel his commitment to the values held by the Sophia community. Convinced that a minister’s primary tool in ministry is the minister’s personhood, Biddle finds transformative Sophia’s vision of an integrated theological curriculum taught in the context of life in community, connected with God’s creation, responsible to the surrounding world, and attentive to the rhythms of work, rest, and worship.

“The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.  And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” – James 3:17-18

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