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This summer, I visited Paris and saw a number of West Semitic inscriptions in the Louvre. These are texts I have studied and taught, but never seen with my own eyes.

photo of the Moabite stone

This is the Moabite stone. If memory serves, there’s one other Moabite inscription in existence, but it’s really small and doesn’t reveal much. So this is basically the Moabite corpus, right here. (I joke with students you can read 30-odd lines of Moabite and justly claim to be an expert in it.) Moabite is virtually the same as ancient Hebrew and thus easy to read, even after one year of Hebrew. King Mesha mentions King Omri and says Israel conquered Moab because Chemosh (his deity) was angry with his land, showing a quasi-Deuteronomistic theology. It’s fascinating.

(My daughter commented that most people take...

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Eric Ortlund
Eric Ortlund
17 August 2017

 
 
Photo of Revd Jonathan Juckes

The College Council of Oak Hill College is pleased to announce that the Reverend Jonathan Juckes has been appointed as President with effect from January 1st 2018.

Johnny brings to the role practical parish and pastoral experience across a wide variety of parish situations, as well as many years of involvement in theological training.

As President he will join Dan Strange, Acting Principal, and the current leadership of the college to bring additional strategic vision, an energised partnership across the evangelical and wider community, and an entrepreneurial approach to considering how we best enhance our formation of men and women preparing for a lifetime of ministry and mission leadership in Britain and around the world.

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
14 August 2017

 
 
Image for the Leaders who last three-day summer intensive at Oak Hill

Nathan Weston reflects on our three-day summer intensive, Leaders Who Last, at Oak Hill. The focus of the conference was resilience in ministry.

It was exactly the wrong time for this conference.

It’s late in the ministry year and I’m itching for a holiday – and yet there is so much more to do. Plans to make, people to meet, sermons to prepare, youth conferences on the horizon. How is it wise to give up three days of precious prep time and make the long trip down south to Oak Hill?

And what’s more, this promised to be that most dreaded of things, not just a conference, but an ‘interactive workshop with plenty of opportunities to practise and get feedback’. Not my cup of tea. Is it anyone’s?

And yet here I am, fresh from the long trip back home, giving thanks to God for a...

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Nathan Weston
Nathan Weston
14 July 2017

 
 

Last Friday evening was our annual Leaver’s BBQ, which follows the last student exam of the year – but not the marking, alas!

Given our last six months as a community, it was an especially poignant time. However, it was also a time of anticipation and expectation, as the removal vans now move into N14.

I always say that living and learning at Oak Hill is not time out of ministry, but a redirection of ministry for a time. Now this redirection comes to end, as these men and women go out to serve churches across the UK and indeed the world.

We captured some of their thoughts and reflections on their time at Oak Hill in the video above.

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Dan Strange
Dan Strange
13 June 2017

 
 

Oak Hill’s third year students have been busy this term producing short video presentations as part of their work on the book of Isaiah. One of the videos unpacks the message of Isaiah by using Lego characters, and another uses live sketching, and each of them was produced by a team of four students working in collaboration.

Eric Ortlund, who teaches Old Testament Studies at Oak Hill, says that one of the goals of the Isaiah module is for students to see the shape of the book as a whole. ‘One of the ways they accomplish this goal is by presenting the book to the class as if they were in a church setting – for example, presenting the book to a youth group on a weekend away. Cramming all of Isaiah into a five-minute presentation is anything but easy, but our students did a fine job...

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Oak Hill
Oak Hill
19 May 2017

 
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