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Extensive training in linguistics and ancient languages brings Dr. Joseph N. Kickasola to public policy as Professor of International Affairs. He served as a pastor from 1961 to 1966, and as Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew and Aramaic at Ashland Theological Seminary (OH) from 1971 to 1985. His degrees are from Houghton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Brandeis University (Ph.D. in Egyptian hieroglyphics and Coptic).
As for teaching specializations, they include international affairs and the Middle East, as well as Biblical languages and Biblical law. He holds a Joint Appointment in the schools of Government and Law. He has published various articles and tapes on Biblical and theological topics, especially on the relevance of Biblical law to current affairs. In 2008 he published an article in the Regent Journal of International Law, entitled "The Clash Over the Qur'an: Qur'anic Reinterpretation and National Reformation in Islam." Since 9/11/2001, based on his knowledge of Islam and written Arabic, he has spoken widely on Islamic politics (e.g., radio, USNORTHCOM, and the Pentagon).
Since 2008, he has taught in Israel for the Schools of Law and Government each summer.
Fields of Expertise:
- Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
- Biblical Law