About

family-picture-2016My name is Mark Steven Francois. I have a Ph.D. in Theology (Old Testament) from the University of St. Michael’s College (registered through Wycliffe College, University of Toronto).  My primary interests are the book of Deuteronomy, Old Testament law, ethical problems in the Old Testament, Biblical Theology, and systematic theology.  I’m also quite interested in patristics and Syriac, having studied Syriac under Amir Harrak at the University of Toronto. My dissertation was on the relationship between the parallel curses of Deuteronomy 28 and the Loyalty Oath of Esarhaddon and was supervised by Dr. Christopher Seitz.  In addition to studying Old Testament I am also the pastor of Calvary Gospel Church in Blind River, Ontario (Associated Gospel Churches of Canada). I have an incredible wife named Alecia, a very energetic daughter named Jael, and a cross-obsessed son named Caleb.

Current Projects:

-An article for a conference on the origins of the Pentateuch at Andrews University.

-A book critiquing conditional immortality from a traditionalist perspective.

-A free online Syriac Grammar with a separate version for the Estrangela script, the East Syriac script, and the West Syriac script.

-Free online translations of the Anonymous Chronicle up to 1234, Mar Babai’s Liber de Unione, Ephrem’s hymns on paradise (with commentary), Homilies of Mar Narsai, and the Synods of the Church of the East.

-Free commentary online commentary of selected books of the Old Testament.

Some Trivia:

-I am distantly related to the Dutch theologian Harry Kuitert.

-I was born in Canada but my father is from Trinidad and my mother is from Friesland in the Netherlands.

-I was classmates in Syriac with Mar Emmanuel Yosip, the Bishop of Canada for the Assyrian Church of the East, for two years at the University of Toronto.

-I spent eight months in Germany in one of the worst places to learn German.  Let’s just say: Sie können alles. Außer Hochdeutsch!  But I really enjoyed my time there!

-I taught Hebrew for several years at Toronto Baptist Seminary but prefer working in a church setting.

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  1. From Article dated 7/22/2013 עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ (Ezer Kenegdo) in Genesis 2:18

    I like what you are saying about the word Ezer not having a particular implied meaning standing by itself, but rather in context to how/what/where it is being used. I’m taken back by the number of articles I have read that so quickly seem to have “the answer”. However, (from my perspective–being in awe of God) I cannot help but believe that God, the creator is being put on display here in Genesis and that in providing/helping/rescueing for the adam he creates “woman” all-the-while in the mode of his creative juices pouring into this new being the power to help and to aid (in unspecified and unknown ways) and even in consumation the power (of the now two) to procreate. I would welcome your comments as I scratch upon the surface of this topic.

    Blessing to you,

    David Simmons

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