Curriculum Vitae / Life’s Work

Peter John Barber

April, AD 2021

Contact

E-mail: peter_barber@hotmail.com

Website: www.peterjohnbarber.com

Telephone: Home: 306.812.9517 (cell)

 

Education

Degrees and Licences Conferred:

Ph.D. Religious Studies – Early Christianity; the University of Aberdeen, with Bristol

       Baptist College and Trinity College Bristol, November 24th, 2018

       Dissertation: “Jesus and Myth: The Gospel Account’s Two Patterns” (Defended on May  

       27th, 2017 at Trinity College Bristol). Written under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Stephen

       Finamore, Principal of Bristol Baptist College.

Local Minister’s Licence, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2015-2016

M.A. Religious Studies – Biblical Studies, the University of British Columbia, May 16th, 2012

       Thesis: “Rediscovering the Meaning of John 6:53: the two ways, the Lord’s  

       ambivalent table, and mimetic theory” (Defended in May, 2012). Researched and written

       under the supervision of Dr. Dietmar Neufeld. (https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42111)

Local Minister’s Licence, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2011-2012

B.A. first-class (4.0 GPA), Religious Studies, the University of British Columbia, May 12th,

       2010

B.A., Business Administration (Concentration), Ambrose University College, April 29th, 2006

Commercial Pilot Licence, Flyright Ltd., Springbank Airport, January 4th, 2006

Private Pilot Licence, Qualicum Flight Center, Qualicum Beach Airport, 2003

General Studies (University Transfer), North Island College, Port Alberni, B.C., 2002-2003        

High School Diploma, Alberni District Secondary School, Port Alberni, B.C., 2002

 

Teaching and Research Posts

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Nipawin Bible College, 2018-2021.

            Courses:

            Approaching the Bible; Creation, Science and Faith; World Religions; Biblical Hebrew I; Israel: Conquest to Crisis; Israel:

            Crisis to Restoration; the Book of Psalms; Bible Prophecy; Biblical Greek I; Biblical Greek II; the Synoptic Gospels; the 

            Gospel and Letters of John; Acts and Letters of Paul; Romans and Galatians; the Church and Last Things

            Supervision:

            Pastoral ministry internships (2018-2020); Honours Thesis (2019-20)

Teaching Assistantship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Dave   

            Diewert, 2013-2014

Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Sara Milstein, 2012-2013

Teaching Assistantship, GREK 100: First Year Classical and Hellenistic (New Testament) Greek, Dr. Shelley Reid, 2012-2013

Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Paul G. Mosca, 2011-2012

Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Paul G. Mosca, 2010-2011

Research Assistantship, Digitizing pottery drawings from Tel Acharneh (Syria) 2010, Dr. Lisa Cooper, 2010-2011

Ecclesial Experience

 

Local Minister, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2015-2016

 

Local Minister, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2011-2012

 

Publications

Jesus and Myth: The Gospel Account’s Two Patterns. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick. Publication of the

revised doctoral dissertation (2021). https://www.amazon.com/Jesus-Myth-Peter-John-Barber/dp/1725253941

 

“The Role of the Androgyne in the Biblical Subversion of the Mytho-Sacrificial World: Exploring the Early Messianic Lineage as a Series of New Adams.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and Culture 22 (2015): 203-20 (R). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/583264/pdf

 

“The Combat Myth and the Gospel’s Apocalypse in the Harry Potter Series: subversion of a supposed existential given.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24, no.2 (2012): 183-200 (R).http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/y2l834gh8063p107/?p=c3ae0a279ee44d2db0da9f35f050455f&pi=0

“New Peace by New Means: an exegesis of the Gospel of John 14:27.” Agora: the CNERS SA Undergraduate Journal 1 (2010-11): 9-15 (R). http://cnersundergraduatejournal.wordpress.com/journal-articles/20102011-edition/

Speaking Engagements

“Which Bible? Identifying the Textual Tradition of the Preserved Word of God.” Delivered as The Thomas F. King Memorial Lecture. March, 2021.

“Jesus & Myth: The Gospel and the Gods.” Delivered as The Thomas F. King Memorial Lecture. February, 2020.

“From Age to Age the Same.” Delivered at the Encore: Senior’s Retreat at Nipawin Bible College, 2019.

“Can You Trust the Bible?” Delivered at the 365 Youth Retreat at Nipawin Bible College, 2019.

“Babel through the Ages: Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Antichrist.” Delivered at the annual meeting of the Creation Science of Saskatchewan, Inc. (CSSI), November 3rd, 2018.

Conference Papers

“A Closer Look at the Gospels’ Redemptive Return to Myth: Chiastic Subversion, Bruce J. Malina, and René Girard.” Presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) Conference in 2015: The One by Whom Scandal Has Come: Critically Engaging the Girardian Corpus (July 8th-12th, Saint Louis University).   

 

“The Consumption Metaphor for Violence in Paul’s Letters: Galatians 5:15 and its Relatives.” Presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) Conference in 2013: A Land between Two Rivers: Space, Place, and Mimetic Theory (July 10th-14th, University of Northern Iowa).

“Rediscovering the Meaning of ‘Apocalypse’: the biblical differentiation between the revelation of the two ways, and the violent end of ‘the default’ way.” Accepted for CNERS Graduate Student Conference: 2012: The End of the World (University of British Columbia).

 

Sermons Preached

 

“The Fellowship of the Mystery (Ephesians 3:9),” delivered on April 18th, 2021, Nipawin Alliance Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5MsdsTAbc

 

“I Do Not Frustrate the Grace of God (Galatians 2:21a),” delivered on November 15th, 2020, Nipawin Alliance Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC_mSxEonuo&t=4s

 

“The Kingship of the Word,” November 23rd, 2014, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene. https://www.facebook.com/VFCNazarene

Musical Studies: 3 years of piano; 3 years of violin; 6 years of percussion

 

Educational and Pilgrimage Travel

“Grand Canyon Christian Leaders Trip,” with Canyon Ministries, Answers in Genesis, and

Cedarville University. Upcoming: July, 2022.

“Digging Joshua’s Ai, Searching for Ephraim: The Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Israel),” Associates for Biblical Research, Dr. Scott Stripling and Dr. Bryant Wood, May-June 2016

“Summer School in the Holy Land: Israel and Jordan,” Ambrose University College and Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Dr. Charles Nienkirchen, June-July 2006

Work and Witness (building a church) – Coban, Guatemala, the Church of the Nazarene, 2001

Linguistic Study

Ancient Languages:

          Reading knowledge: Classical (Biblical/Old Testament) Hebrew (8 years of study)

                                            Classical and Hellenistic (New Testament) Greek (8 years of study)

          Studied for the purposes of comparative linguistics:

                                            Middle Egyptian (Hieroglyphics; 1 year of study)

Modern languages:

          Reading knowledge: French and German

 

Web Log (Blog) Posts

“The Gospel According to René Girard.” Posted under “René Girard on Deep Easter” on UBCGCU: Faith & Culture, Graduate Students, Apologetics. Posted by gcarkner, March 30th, 2015.  http://ubcgcu.org/2015/03/30/rene-girard-on-deep-easter/

Volunteer Work

 

Local Church ministry, Sunday School teaching, Nipawin Alliance Church, Nipawin, SK, 2019-

20

Local Church ministry, Bible teaching and board-membership, Church of the Nazarene,

Vancouver, B.C., 2011-12, 2015-16

Leading Christian worship music, Church of the Nazarene, Port Alberni, B.C., May – Aug 2008

Providing Christian music (percussion), The Dream Centre, Calgary, AB, February 2005

Serving meals to the hungry, The Mustard Seed, Calgary, AB, January 2004

Children’s Christian education (Sunday School Teaching), Church of the Nazarene, Port Alberni,

B.C., October 2001 – March 2003                               

Work and Witness (building a church), Church of the Nazarene, Coban, Guatemala, August 2001

 

Awards and Honours

David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2016

UBC Travel and Conference Funding, 2013

UBC’s Four Year Fellowship (FYF) for PhD Students, 2013-2017

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Doctoral Scholarship, 2013-2016

David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2013

Accepted for Doctor of Philosophy in Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin, 2012

David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2011-2012

SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship, 2011-2012

Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Scholarship, 2010-2011

David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2010

David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2009

Donald Fraser MacKenzie Scholarship, 2009

W.H. MacInnes Memorial Scholarship, 2009

Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, 2009

Keith Clifford Memorial Prize in Religious Studies, 2008

Mary Isabel Buxton Memorial Prize, 2008

Accepted for Air Navigator programme, RCAF, Royal Military College, 2003

 

Memberships

 

Academic:

Evangelical Theological Society, 2020 – present

Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 – present

Colloquium on Violence and Religion, 2008 – present

Social:

The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 2019 – present

The Church of the Nazarene, 1992 – 2019

Creation Science of Saskatchewan, Inc., 2019 – present

Creation Science Association of British Columbia, 2015 – 2017

 

Other Employment

 

Correctional Officer, BC Corrections Branch, Nanaimo, B.C., Jan – June, 2018

Landscaping and Yard Maintenance, Tim’s Trimming, Port Alberni, B.C., May – July, 2008

Ramp Agent (Turn Around Crew) – WestJet, Calgary International Airport, AB, January 2007 –

April 2008

Housekeeper/Custodian, Calgary Winter Club, Calgary, AB, January 2006 – Jan 2007

Sales Representative, Pacific Rim Brackets, Calgary, AB, April 2004 – August 2006

Construction Site Labourer, Graham Construction, Calgary, AB, June – August 2004

Window Cleaner, Marchmount Cleaning Services, Calgary, AB, May 2004

Store Attendant, Whiskey Creek Store, Coombs, B.C., July – August 2003

Shoreman (Freezer), Canadian Seafood Processors, Ucluelet, B.C., June – August 2003

Stocking and Facing, Canadian Tire, Port Alberni, B.C., Summer 2002

Stocking and Facing, Fairway Market, Port Alberni, B.C., July 2000 – August 2001