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Ken M. Penner

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
St. Francis Xavier University

About Ken
StFX logo Ken studied Photogrammetry (British Columbia Institute of Technology), Computer Science (Simon Fraser University), and Biblical Studies (Columbia Bible College), before graduating from Regent College with a Master of Christian Studies degree in biblical languages focussing on Greek verbal aspect. His quest to better understand the context in which Jesus lived then set him on the path to completed an MA and PhD in Religious Studies at McMaster University with a major in Second Temple Judaism, and a minor in Early Christianity.

Ken came to StFX in 2008 from Acadia, where he taught Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Biblical Greek and Hebrew.

Ken is a member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies.


RELS 110: World Religions

Course site: http://moodle.stfx.ca/course/view.php?id=11607

Other StFX professors teaching World Religions

  • Dr. Adela Sandness
  • Mr. Greg Melchin

RELS 255: New Testament

Course site: http://moodle.stfx.ca/course/view.php?id=12469

RELS 398: Prophets and Prophecy

Course site: http://moodle.stfx.ca/course/view.php?id=13036

Ken’s current projects include a commentary on the Greek text of Isaiah; the “Online Critical Pseudepigrapha” project, which provides scholarly editions of Jewish non-canonical writings in their original languages; the “Megillot” international forum for scholarly discussion of the Dead Sea Scrolls; and the “Flash! Pro” vocabulary memorization software for biblical Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, German, French, etc..Ken’s publications and conference presentations include:

  • Essays on Prayer and Poetry in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature in Honor of Eileen Schuller on the Occasion of Her 65th Birthday (Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judea 98; ed. Jeremy Penner, Ken M. Penner, and Cecilia Wassen; Leiden: Brill, 2011). ISBN 978-90-04-21450-7.
  • “Dead Sea Scrolls” in The Oxford Dictionary of the Books of the Bible (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • “Citation Formulae as Indices to Canonicity in Early Jewish and Early Christian Literature,” in Jewish and Christian Scriptures: The Function of “Canonical” and “Non-Canonical” Religious Texts (edited by James H. Charlesworth and Lee M. McDonald; London / New York: T & T Clark, 2010; ISBN 9780567618702), 62-84
  • "Isaiah” in The Lexham English Bible (ed. W. Hall Harris III; Bellingham: Logos Research Systems, 2010-).
  • “Proto-Isaiah” in The Lexham Greek-English Interlinear Septuagint (ed. Randall Tan and David deSilva; Bellingham: Logos Research Systems, 2009). http://www.logos.com/product/3613/lexham-greek-english-interlinear-septuagint
  • Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology (with Michael Heiser; Bellingham: Logos Research Systems, 2006).
  • “Realized or Future Salvation in the Hodayot,” Journal of Biblical Studies [journalofbiblicalstudies.org] 2:1.
  • “The Fate of Josephus’ Antiquitates Judaicae 13:171–173: Ancient Judean Philosophy in Context,” Journal of Biblical Studies [journalofbiblicalstudies.org] 1:4.
  • “Locating the Fulfilment of Isaiah’s Prophecies in Time: The Early Christian Evidence” Greek Bible section, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 2011.
  • “Morphological Indications of Purpose in Greek Isaiah.” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Fredericton, May 2011.
  • “Contemporizing Interpretation in Greek Isaiah: Real or Imagined?” International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Atlanta, November 21, 2010.
  • “Why the Differences between LXX and MT Isaiah?” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Montreal, May 2010.
  • “Greek Names for Hebrew and Aramaic: A Case for Lexical Revision,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Greek Language and Linguistics Section, November 2004. 
  • “Toward a Method of Tagging Hebrew Tense, Aspect, and Mood,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Computer Aided Research Section, November 2004.
  • “Realized or Future Salvation in the Hodayot: The Value of the Tenses,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, May–June 2004.
  • “What language did Paul speak in Acts 21–22? Ancient names for Hebrew and Aramaic,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Halifax, May 2003.
  • “The Fate of Josephus’ Antiquitates Judaicae 13:171–173: Ancient Judean Philosophy in Context,” Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, May 2002.


Τὸ λοιπόν, ἀδελφοί, ὅσα ἐστὶν ἀληθῆ, ὅσα σεμνά, ὅσα δίκαια, ὅσα ἁγνά, ὅσα προσφιλῆ, ὅσα εὔφημα, εἴ τις ἀρετὴ καὶ εἴ τις ἔπαινος , ταῦτα λογίζεσθε·
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

de cetero fratres quaecumque sunt vera quaecumque pudica quaecumque iusta quaecumque sancta quaecumque amabilia quaecumque bonae famae si qua virtus si qua laus haec cogitate

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