Instructors

Dr. Steve Notley

SteveDr. R. Steven Notley is Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins on the New York City campus of Nyack College (2001-present) and director of the graduate programs in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.  He received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, where he studied with the late Professor David Flusser.  Dr. Notley lived sixteen years in Jerusalem with his wife and four children, during which time he was the founding chair of the New Testament Studies program at the Jerusalem University College.  He has been directing groups of students and laypeople to Israel and the eastern Mediterranean region for over 25 years.  He is the author of many books and articles.  He continues collaborative research and publication with Israeli scholars in the fields of historical geography, ancient Judaism and Christian origins.  Among his list of publications, he co-authored with Flusser the historical biography, The Sage from Galilee:  Rediscovering Jesus’ Genius (Eerdmans 2007); with Professor Anson Rainey (Tel Aviv University) the monumental biblical atlas, The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World (Carta Publishing 2005, 2014); with Professor Ze’ev Safrai (Bar Ilan University) an annotated translation of Eusebius’ important description of Roman Palestine, Eusebius, Onomasticon:  A Triglott Edition with Notes and Commentary (Brill 2005).  Recently he rejoined Safrai for their second work, a pioneering collection and translation of the earliest rabbinic parables that provide the literary and religious context for the parables of Jesus, The Parables of the Sages (Carta 2011).

Dr. Wink Thompson

WinkDr. Wink Thompson lives in Morehead City, North Carolina with his wife Cris. Dr. Thompson first visited the Middle East in 1971 and completed an MA at The American Institute of Holy Land Studies (Jerusalem) in 1977. He continued his studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA) receiving an MA in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1993. Returning to Israel in 1995 he served as guest lecturer and instructor of The Physical Setting of the Bible at several institutions in Jerusalem. From 1999-2001 he held the position of Instructor and Director of Short Term Studies at Jerusalem University College. Dr. Thompson has been involved with instructing and directing travel and field study for students and laity in Israel, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan since 1976 and is the administrator of all Emmaus tours.

Dr. David Emanuel

Dr. David Emanuel is a British citizen who graduated from the University of London with a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 1997, and soon after relinquished a successful career in computing and telecommunications to pursue his interest in the Hebrew Bible, originally with the intent of strengthening his role as a lay preacher. His studies led him to Israel, where he studied for a Masters and PhD in Hebrew Bible at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. While in Israel, David played an integral role in establishing an indigenous Hebrew speaking Messianic (Jews who believe in Jesus) congregation in a small village, Ma’aleh Adummim, 5 miles west of Jerusalem. He used his gifting in teaching, preaching, and administration to help build and maintain the congregation in the village. During his stay in Israel, David additionally became actively involved with the Falasa community, Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, and was selected to sit on the board of Project Sheba, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting Ethiopian Jews settle into Israeli society. After completing his doctorate in 2008, David returned to the UK, where he filled in as a lay preacher for a church undergoing interregnum. Two years after this he was called to move again, this time to New York, Nyack College. Presently, in addition to teaching Old Testament and Hebrew at Nyack College, David teaches Hebrew classes in an “online” environment for Eteacher. Additionally, he has written numerous articles on Hebrew grammar for the BibleMesh project, and provided the Hebrew audio recordings for the program. David is married to Emma, and has five children, all of whom were born in Israel. In his free time, David enjoys hiking with his family, photography, and tinkering with computer gadgets, and he remains active on the board of Project Sheba.

Dr. Jeff Garcia

Dr. García is an Assistant Professor in Bible at Nyack College. He holds BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Nyack College (NYC) and a PhD in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. His expertise is early Judaism and the New Testament. He is particularly invested with examining the Gospels and Acts as sources for ancient Jewish thought and practice, as well as the manner that they preserve the traditions of the Rabbis. He is the author of Understanding the Gospels as Ancient Jewish Literature (Jerusalem: Carta, 2018), and co-editor (w/ R. Steven Notley) of The Gospels in First-Century Judaea  (Brill, 2016). He has contributed to the Biblical Archaeology Review, Lexham Bible Dictionary  (Lexham Press, 2016), and The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions (Routledge, 2015). He has worked as an instructor in Israel and Jordan with since 2012.  

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