David Toshio Tsumura

David Toshio Tsumura (津村 俊夫, Tsumura Toshio, born February 4, 1944) is a linguist, Old Testament scholar, Dean of Faculty and professor of Old Testament professor of Japan Bible Seminary. His degrees are M.Div., M.A., Ph.D.[1] He is a chairman of the Tokyo Museum of Biblical Archaeology,[2] and editor of Exegetica: Studies in Biblical Exegesis[3][4] and chairman of New Japanese Bible(新改訳)Publishing Association. Most notably responsible for the commentary on the First Book of Samuel in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.

David Toshio Tsumura
Born
Tsumura Toshio

(1944-02-04) February 4, 1944 (age 75)
Kobe, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
OccupationDean of Faculty and professor of Old Testament professor of Japan Bible Seminary
Board member ofChairman of the Tokyo Museum of Biblical Archaeology
Academic background
EducationHitotsubashi University, Asbury Theological Seminary
Alma materBrandeis University (Ph.D.)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies, Japanese linguist
Sub-disciplineOld Testament studies
InstitutionsHarvard University
University of Michigan
University of Tsukuba
Japan Bible Seminary
Main interestsOld Testament
Notable worksThe First Book of Samuel (NICOT)

He is well known as a Ugarit scholar.[5]

HistoryEdit

He was born in Kobe in 1944. He graduated from Hitotsubashi University in 1966, where he had majored in Commerce. He went to America to study non theological subject. While studying ethics, he became interested in Old Testament study. He applied to Asbury Theological Seminary to study for an M.Div., graduating in 1969. He then applied to Brandeis University for a research master's degree in Mediterranean Studies, which he completed in 1971. Tsumura's doctorate, also in Mediterranean Studies, was also awarded by the same university in 1973, for his work on Ugarit.[6]

After he graduated from Brandeis University in 1974, he came back to Japan. Then he became a professor of Japan Bible Seminary as a lecturer in Old Testament.

He became an Associate Professor of Semitic Linguistics of University of Tsukuba from 1975 to 1990. He taught Literature and Linguistics. He came back to Japan Bible Seminary in 1990.[citation needed]

He is known as a world-wide scholar. He served at Harvard University, Divinity School as a visiting scholar from 1973 to 1974. He also worked at University of Michigan as a visiting scholar in 1979.[citation needed]

He stayed at Tyndale House, Cambridge as a research fellow from 1986 to 1988 and at Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Studies as a visiting scholar in 1994.[citation needed]

He has visited Hong Kong several times to teach Old Testament at the China Graduate School of Theology.[7]

WorksEdit

ThesisEdit

  • Tsumura, David Toshio (1969). Symbolism of the Sea in the Old Testament (M.Th.). Asbury Theological Seminary. OCLC 1000388075.
  • ——— (1973). The Ugaritic Drama of the Good Gods: a philological study (Ph.D.). Brandeis University. OCLC 22753778.

BooksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tsumura, David Toshio (2007), The First Book of Samuel, New International Commentary on the Old Testament, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans
  2. ^ "Bible World". tmba-museum.jp.
  3. ^ "Kyoto academic page". kyoto-su.ac.jp.
  4. ^ "Booksellers page for Smauel commentary". bookschristian.com.
  5. ^ "Publisher's page of reviews of Samuel". eerdmans.com. Retrieved 2015-10-26.
  6. ^ Peter C. Craigie, Ugarit and the Old Testament, Japanese Translation by David Toshio Tsumura, Eerdmand Publishing Company,1983
  7. ^ article of news paper(基督日報)in Chinese

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