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Interests
Biblical History, Early Christianity. Linguistics Hermeneutics, Homiletics archaeology, literary criticism, philology, Jewish apocrypha, the Jewish pseudepigrapha, the Christian apocrypha, the many varieties of ante-Nicene early Christian literature, and early Jewish literature. Systematic theology Dogmatic theology Sacramental theology Ecclesiology

Favorite Music
Irish, Classical, Jazz Gospel

Favorite Movies
The quite man, The Shoes of the fisherman

Favorite Books
Christianity the first 3000 years- Diarmaid MacCulloch Patience with God -Frank Schaeffer The Orthodox corruption of Scripture Controversies on the text of of the N.T. Early Christian Writings Jesus the village Psychiatrist-Donald Capps Ethics- Bonhoeffer The way of the Torah-Neusner How God changes your Brain The Parousia (the New Testament Doctrine of Christ's Second Coming) The Evolution of Christianity The Apostolic Fathers In Search of Paul Peter, Paul and Mary Magdalene A history Of Christian Thought Tradition, Scripture, and Interpretation These are just a few book that I have read since the 1st of the year.

Favorite Quotations
Robert Dick Wilson, fluent in more than 45 languages and dialects Concluded after a lifetime study of the Old Testament: “I may add that the result of my 45 years of study of the Bible has led me all the time to a firmer faith that in the Old Testament, we have a true historical account of the history of the Israelite people.” Sir Frederic Kenyon, Director and principal librarian of the British museum, foremost expert on ancient manuscripts: “The interval between the dates of original composition (of the N.T.) and the earliest extant evidence becomes so small as to be in fact negligible and the foundation for any doubt that the Scriptures have come down to us substantially as they were written has now been removed; both the authenticity and the general integrity of the books of the N.T. may be regarded as firmly established.” Professor M. Montiero-Williams, former Boden prof. Of Sanskrit who spent 42 years studying Eastern books Said comparing them with the Bible: “Pile them, if you will, on the left side of your study table; but place your own Holy Bible on the right side–all by itself, all alone–and with a wide gap between them. For…there is a gulf between it and the so-called sacred books of the East which severs the one from the other utterly hopelessly, and a forever…a veritable gulf which cannot be bridged over by any science of religious thought.”

General About Me
Raised by an Irish Roman Catholic mother and father in Mallow, County Cork Ireland. Traveled and educated both in Europe and America. Married to Dr. Marti O'Callaghan (Ed.D. Ph.D.). 35 years teaching Biblical concepts and Christian ethics,in Churches in Europe and America. Bs. Ed., M. R. E. Degree, Masters of Religious Education Doctor of Divinity Degree (D.D.) 1979 honoris causa ad gradum Trinity Theological Seminary Th. D. Degree Trinity College Dublin Ireland, PhD in Ancient Biblical languages (Philology) (2001) Continuing studies at Cambridge and Oxford U.K. Litt.D. Degree in Early Christian Studies Dr. Denis O'Callaghan Pastor/ Teacher/Linguist/Theologian/Historian/Philosopher Proffessor of Ancient and Early Christian History, Ethics,Theology and Linguistics at European Theological University. Employing a research-laden approach to the analysis of God's Word in the Old and New Testaments, Dr Callaghan unfolds and presents his teaching in context with history and the sciences. A linguist with command of more than 20 languages, digging deeply into a vast collection of ancient manuscripts to find and communicate the purest understanding of what the original inspired writers of the Bible had to say. "How can Christians read and study the same Bible, yet come away with opposite conclusions?" Perhaps you too have been asked the very same question. Every Christian should be able to study and gain a deeper understanding of the Scriptures concerning salvation, grace, and the second coming of Christ. These are fundamentals of the faith, yet many believers struggle with these truths from Scripture for themselves. OUR OBJECTIVE To apply the study of Scripture in all aspects, from past and present Biblical Linguistics, hermeneutics, preaching and teaching the Grace of God, to a committed Fellowship of believers along with counseling, training, in a non-traditional environment. Author of studies "Which Church?" A definitive study on the abandonment of the teachings of the Apostle Paul by the early and modern Church "Biblical Faith and contemporary culture" "How to be a upright Christian in a upside down World" Psalms, Proverbs,Ecclesiastes: "Old Testament Words of Wisdom for New Testament Saints" [Xwh Howshea and ymm[ Lo' `Ammiy "Not my people" Romans: a verse by verse study of the "Gospel of God" Philippians: "Joy for the Believer" Ephesians: The "Mystery and the Body of Christ" Colossians: A Verse by verse study of the believers completeness in Christ Paul and The Prision epistles: "The Mind of the man, the message, the means and the method" Studies in the plhvrwma Pleroma "The Fulness" Studies in "Body truth, "The Church which is His Body" ejkklhsiva Ekklesia Studies in "Time, Space and Eternity " Studies in "Anhypostasia" God was in Christ Studies in the "Untraceable Riches of Christ" Studies in The "Gospel of Judas" "The Lost Gospel" Apocalyptic understandings of time in Mark's gospel A Reevaluation of the Pre-70 CE Synagogues in the Land of Israel and the Graeco-Roman Diaspora Angels in Apocalyptic Literature Galilee from 44 - 66 CE: A Critical Reading of Josephus Church as Community: Theological Foundations and Development in Practice The Evolution of Christian thought (the first 300 years) Recent work: Time, Space and Eternity (the study of Death and Resurection for the Christian) Time Infinity Eternity and a jelly Donut Professional Associations: Association: IBA: Irish Biblical Association Association: IOSOT: International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament Association: SBL:Society of Biblical Literature Association: SOTS: Society for the Study of the Old Testament Memberships A. A. C. C. American Association of Christian Counselors Board of Directors "Scripture Institute" (2001) Member Associate of Biblical Research Member of British Centre for Science Education International Bible Conference speaker 12/89-2002 ( USA and Europe) Continuing Education: and personal studies: Teaching Biblical Background, in Church History, New Testament Theology, Textural criticism in Hebrew and New Testament Greek, Hermeneutics, Biblical Archaeology, Paleography, Philology. Subjects of Interest and study currently teaching Israelite Religion The history and development of Torah with special interest in the question of Jewish Identities General Israelite history and religion The Jews of Egypt from the Persian to Roman periods The Persian period and the developments of the traditions about Ezra and Nehemiah The Synoptic Gospels: literary and sociological approaches to them in general, and their genre in the context of ancient biography and its social roles in particular The social and religious world of Galilee in Hellenistic and Roman times The integration of historical and archaeological evidence (epigraphy, numismatics, ceramics, art and architecture) in the study of social and cultural relations in Hellenistic and Roman Palestine The current 'third wave' of historical Jesus studies Jesus and Judaism Jesus and Islam State formation in the ancient Near East in the Bronze and Iron Ages State centralisation in Israel and Judah The legal and social position of women in ancient Near Eastern cultures The use and interpretation of Biblical narrative and motifs in modern popular culture The social world of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism Apocalyptic and Wisdom literature Literature of Qumran Literary allusions to Exodus in the Apocalypse of John Israelite origins and early history Method in historical reconstruction Sociological and psychoanalytic theory and history Pentateuchal criticism Deuteronomistic History Israel and Egypt Monarchy and Priesthood in Judaism in the Roman Period Accessing and Mediating the Divine in Judaism and Early Christianity Flavius Josephus Islamic medieval thought and its intellectual influence on reformulating Islam The relationship between medieval theology and philosophy and their influence on the development of Sufism The history of theology Ethics Systematic theology Dominant movements in contemporary Christian theology from the perspective of contemporary philosophy Celtic Christianity The conditions of theology in modernity (e.g., Friedrich Schleiermacher) The foundations of philosophical and theological ethics (e.g., Jürgen Habermas' 'discourse ethic' and Paul Ricoeur's 'hermeneutics') The theory of Christian praxis The conditions for faith in late modernity (e.g. moral and religious identity) Applied ethics (biomedical and anthropological issues) Public theology, law, religion and values

What is your primary interest?
Teaching Scripture through examing neglected asspects of study.

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