Faculty


Lecturers

Dr Geoff Harper

Lecturer - Old Testament

Cert (HE) theol. (Gloucestershire), BTh (Hons) (SMBC/ACT), PhD (ACT)

Prior to SMBC:

Prior to moving to Australia in 2009, Geoff worked in management for a retail company in his home town of Dublin. He is a graduate of the Irish Bible Institute and spent two years working as an intern for a Baptist church (2004-2006). Geoff moved to Australia to continue his theological training and is an honours graduate of the Australian College of Theology and SMBC. While at college he worked as a student pastor (p/t) at Heathcote-Engadine Baptist Church (2009-2011). He began lecturing part-time in Old Testament in 2012. His PhD examined the rhetorical shaping of Leviticus within its Pentateuchal setting.

Books:

  • "I Will Walk among You": The Rhetorical Function of Allusion to Genesis 1–3 in the Book of Leviticus (Bulletin of Biblical Research Supplements Series; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).
  • Co-editor, Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament (Australian College of Theology Monograph Series; Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017).

Articles & Essays:

  • “The Role of Divine Healing in Cross-Cultural Ministry.” Evangelical Review of Theology (forthcoming).
  • ''Weeping May Endure for a Night’: The Need to Find Lost Words.' Pages 1–6 in Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament. Edited by G. G. Harper and K. Barker. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017. (Available for purchase from the SMBC online store)
  • 'Lament and the Sovereignty of God: Theological Reflections on Psalm 88.' Pages 80–93 in Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament. Edited by G. G. Harper and K. Barker. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene: Wipf & Stock 2017.
  • 'Silence of the Lambs: A Lost Cry of Lament in Psalm 8.' Pages 148–161 in Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament. Edited by G. G. Harper and K. Barker. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene: Wipf & Stock 2017.
  • ''My Only Friend—Darkness’: A Sermon on Psalm 88.' Pages 260–267 in Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament. Edited by G. G. Harper and K. Barker. Australian College of Theology Monograph Series. Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017.
  • “First Things First: Reading Genesis 1–3 in Its Pentateuchal Context.” Pages 45–55 in The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture and the Christian Life. Edited by E. Murphy and D. I. Starling. Eugene: Wipf & Stock/Morling Press, 2016.
  • 'The Theological and Exegetical Significance of Leviticus as Intertext in Daniel 9.' Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 4 (2015): 39-61.
  • ​'Time for a New Diet? Allusions to Genesis 1-3 as Rhetorical Device in Leviticus 11.' Southeastern Theological Review 4 (2013): 179-195.

Book Reviews:

Academic Papers Presented:

  • 'Justice for All? The Contribution of Leviticus 26:3–13.' Presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, 15 November 2016.
  • ''I Will Walk in Your Midst’: The Implications of Leviticus 26:3–13 for Social Wellbeing.' Presented at Justice, Mercy and Social Wellbeing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Sydney College of Divinity, 23 July 2016.
  • 'First Things First: Reading Genesis 1–3 in Its Pentateuchal Context,' presented at The Gender Conversation, Morling College, Sydney, September 7, 2015.
  • 'Mosaic Whispering in the Danielic Ear? Leviticus as Underappreciated Intertext in Daniel 9', presented at the Theology & Philosophy Postgraduate Research Conference, ACU, Sydney, October 1, 2013.
  • 'Time for a New Diet? Allusions to Genesis 1–3 as Rhetorical Device in Leviticus 11', presented to the International Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, July 9, 2013.
  • 'Beware the Serpent: Allusions to Genesis 1–3 as Rhetorical Device in Leviticus 11', presented to the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical and Theological Research, Old Testament Group, Cambridge, July 1, 2013.

Speaking Ministry:

  • SMBC Preaching Conference (2017)
  • Training session on Exodus, St. Matthew's, Manly (2016)
  • Katoomba Easter Convention (2016)
  • Training session on Daniel, St. Matthew's, Manly (2014)
  • Training session on Leviticus & Numbers, Christ Church St. Ives (2014)
  • Christian Reformed Church (NSW) Young Adults Conference (2014)
  • Illawarra Missions Day Conference (2013)
  • Various preaching at local churches

Academic Interests:

Pentateuch, Genesis 1–11, Leviticus, Psalms, Daniel, Rhetorical Criticism, Intertextuality

Personal:

Geoff is married to Laura. They have two children—Samuel and Abigail—and live in Croydon. The Harpers attend Petersham Baptist Church where Geoff serves as an elder. In his spare time he enjoys climbing mountains, fishing, snorkeling, reading and playing Lego with the kids.

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