family-picture-2016My name is Mark Francois. I am a Ph.D. graduand in Old Testament at the University of St. Michael’s College (registered through Wycliffe College, University of Toronto).  My primary interests are the book of Deuteronomy, Old Testament ethics, and Biblical Theology.  I’m also quite interested in Old Testament textual criticism, biblical law, patristics, Syriac, and theology in general. 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.

Some Trivia:

-I am distantly related to the famous (or infamous!) theologian Harry Kuitert.

-I was born and raised in Canada but my dad is from Trinidad, my mom is from Friesland, my wife is from Jamaica, and I really enjoy German as a language.

-I’m a Calvinist in my soteriology, a complementarian in my ecclesiology, and a Zwinglian in my sacramentology – but most of the podcasts I listen to are Lutheran and I love reading and watching videos about the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox churches, and the Assryrian Church of the East (even though I disagree with so much of it!).

(More to come!)

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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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