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Abegg, Martin

  • Person
  • 1950 -

Martin Abegg, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies; Director, MA Biblical Studies; Co-Director, Dead Sea Scrolls Institute

Martin Abegg was born in 1950 to Barbara and Martin (Jerry) Abegg in Peoria, Illinois. His mother was a housewife and P.E. teacher while his father was a college professor and professional engineer. After graduating from Bradley (BS in Geology, 1972), Abegg moved to Seattle, WA, to manage an industrial supply outlet where he married Susan Hemminger.
Inspired from a Sunday School teaching responsibility in the late 1970’s led to taking language classes and obtaining a degree from Northwest Baptist Seminary, in Tacoma, WA (MDiv 1983). After two years of teaching Hebrew at the seminary and one year of pastoring a church on Vashon Island, WA, Abegg decided to pursue graduate work at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1984).

At the Hebrew University Abegg became acquainted with the Dead Sea Scrolls. After returning to the States in 1987, Abegg completed his degree at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH (Ph.D. 1993). His dissertation was a critical edition of the War Scroll from Qumran Cave 1. It was during his studies at Hebrew Union College that Abegg began his collaboration with Professor Ben Zion Wacholder.

From 1992 to 1995, Abegg taught at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. In 1995, Abegg became Ben Zion Wacholder Professor of Dead Sea Scroll Studies at Trinity Western University. He was co-director (with Peter Flint) of the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute (DSSI) at TWU.

Abegg’s past work includes translations, notes, and introductions to the biblical scrolls in “The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999) and non-biblical texts in “The Dead Sea Scrolls: A New Translation” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996). Abegg is also a co-editor of the three-volume “Dead Sea Scrolls Concordance (Brill 2003-2016), he is also a consultant and contributor to the concordances of several volumes in the Discoveries in the Judaean Desert series (Oxford). He is editor of the new Dead Sea Scrolls Editions (Brill).

Abegg retired from TWU in 2015, and is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, and remains a DSSI research associate.

Academic Committee

  • Corporate body
  • ca. 1962 -1996

The Academic Committee was a subcommittee of the Board of Governors. The terms of reference were the following: approve all new courses and programs recommended by departments and divisions; approval of all matters of academic policy and procedure; court appeal for academic petitions; and, act as a long-range planning committee for the development of curriculum and programs. In the beginning, the Academic Committee was also responsible for admissions standards, continuing education, sabbatical leaves, tenure, and contracts. In the mid 1990s, the committee split to become the Undergraduate and Graduate Councils.

Academic Research Council (ARC)

  • Corporate body
  • 2013-

The Academic Research Council (ARC) provides advice and support to the Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Studies (VPRGS) and the Research and Academic Support (RAS) subcommittee of Senate. ARC will gather together research‐oriented faculty members alongside other university personnel involved in the research enterprise to consider issues related to research, to identify emerging issues, and to develop new research‐based initiatives. ARC will serve as a channel of communication between the VPRGS and the TWU research community to raise the internal and external profiles of the research contributions of the TWU research community. In addition, ARC offers input into the effective use of all resources, including intellectual, financial, and physical, to foster a strong research culture at TWU where faculty are inspired and encouraged to excellence in knowledge creation and discovery; contribute to the development and ongoing revision of the University's Strategic Research Plan; advise on ways to raise the internal and external profiles of research possibilities and contributions of the TWU research community; provide recommendations on the prioritization of research development opportunities and major institutional funding proposals, ensuring these align with University objectives; review proposals to establish new research institutes or centres or new research chairs or professorships; and establish subcommittees or task forces, as necessary, to fulfill the Council’s responsibilities.

Ad Hoc Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1980-

The Ad Hoc Committee would be established over the years to meet the needs for a particular purpose as necessary. For example, the Ad Hoc, Student Assistant Committee served to look into the use of student assistants who supported scholarship to develop a policy to uniform the pay and classification of student work.

Administrative Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1974-1997

The Administrative Committee of the Board is chaired by the President and consists of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, Vice President Student Affairs, Vice President University Advancement, Vice President Business and Administration, Director of Finance, and Executive Assistant to the President. Representatives from TWU Student Association are invited to meet with the Administrative Committee twice each semester. The purpose of the Administrative Committee is to review the overall operation of the institution, coordinate and monitor goal setting procedures, establish a proposed institutional annual budget, review and update the committee system, and foster communication between the President and the various department heads. It is intended that the Administrative Committee meet weekly.
In September 1974 the President's Cabinet was renamed the Administrative Committee. Around 1997 the committee renamed itself the President's Cabinet.

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