family-picture-2016My name is Mark Francois. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Old Testament at the University of St. Michael’s College (registered through Wycliffe College, University of Toronto) and have successfully defended my thesis.  My primary interests are Old Testament theology, Old Testament ethics, and the theological interpretation of the Old Testament.  I’m also interested in Old Testament textual criticism, biblical law, Deuteronomy, patristics (esp. Origen, John Chrysostom, and Ephrem the Syrian), and Syriac. My dissertation is on the relationship between the parallel curses of the Succession Treaty of Esarhaddon and Deuteronomy 28 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.

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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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