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Dr. Mark Shipp

R. Mark Shipp is the Pat Harrell Professor of Old Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He has the BA and MS in Ministry from Pepperdine University and the M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Mark is the author of Of Dead Kings and Dirges, an exegetical and historical study of Isaiah 14; Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today, vols. 1 and 2, the first “Psalter-commentary” on the book of Psalms; and, with Douglas Miller, An Akkadian Handbook, a handbook of the Assyro-Babylonian language. Mark is married to Sheree. They have two adult daughters, Sarah and Rachel.

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"One Is Too Small a Number" and Other Lessons I have Learned

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on September 20, 2018 at 9:26 AM

 

A chapel talk originally delivered at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, September 10, 2018.

My vocational journey can be summed up in four lessons I have learned: to pray and seek guidance for direction; one is too small a number to ever achieve success; grasp tradition with one hand, while seeking new ways to express those traditions; and look for a need in your community or church and try to fill that need. I learned these four lessons as I sought to find a way to use music in ministry and especially in the development of the Timeless Psalter/commentary project.

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Topics: Timeless, Vocational Ministry, Metrical Psalters

The Story Behind Psalm 61, “God Enthroned Forever”

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on June 7, 2018 at 10:52 AM

This is the fourth in the series of stories behind some of the songs from Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary. Ruth Ann Somervell describes in some detail the process she goes through in composing and the inspiration she felt from psalm 61 and Sarah Shipp’s lyrics.

Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.

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Topics: Psalms, Timeless

"O Lord, Our Lord": The Story Behind Psalm 8 in Timeless

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on April 3, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Here is another story behind one of the songs from the Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Psalter/Commentary series. Timeless is a commentary set of all new translations and commentaries on the psalms by established Old Testament scholars for the layperson. Timeless also includes 2–3 new musical settings following each psalm to enhance worship and reflection, study and devotion. Timeless books may be purchased through acupressbooks.com, Amazon.com, or timelesspsalter.com. Professionally recorded CDs and booklets of the music may be purchased through CDBaby.com and timelesspsalter.com.

This post is by Deb Dorman, one of our more prolific composers, and tells the story behind Psalm 8: “O Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic is Your Name.”

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Topics: Timeless, Psalms

The Chronicler as a Writer

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on February 8, 2018 at 11:33 AM

What is the Chronicler up to as a writer? He quotes Bible passages, expands them homiletically, he omits sections not of interest to him, and he interprets them according to his approach as a theological preacher in the post-exilic era. Not unlike what we do! The Chronicler takes the Bible and ancient historical documents, and he interprets them for the discouraged community of believers in the Persian Empire.

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Topics: Scripture Passage, Old Testament, Teaching Moment

Is the Chronicler a Pulp Fiction Writer?

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on January 16, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Part 1: The Literary and Historical Nature of Chronicles

I. Introduction

Someone had to do it. Chronicles is one of the last bastions of unexplored biblical territory. It has been lurking on the edges of the canon for thousands of years. Being ever the contrarian, I will deal with it.

Why this historical lack of interest in a biblical book? Besides being one of the last Old Testament books written or compiled, it’s title is off-putting: it is sepher hay-yammim in Hebrew, or “Day Book,” or “Chronicles of the days,” suggesting royal archives of inconsequential stuff. The title in the Septuagint is even worse: there, it is paraleipomenon, “Things Omitted,” presumably addenda of stuff left out of Samuel and Kings. It has not been considered a primary sourcebook for either the history or the theology of ancient Israel, and until recent years, scholars have relegated it to the extreme sidelines of biblical inquiry.

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Topics: Chronicles, Post-Exilic Judaism, Hermeneutics

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