Douglas Penney, Ph.D.

Ancient Languages

Associate Professor of Ancient Languages
On Faculty since 1995

Phone: (630)752-5792
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Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago (Northwest Semitic Philology)

Arabic Language School, Amman, Jordan

B.A., Wheaton College (Ancient Languages)

Courses Taught

  • Akkadian
  • Hebrew
  • Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
  • Greek (Beginning and Intermediate)
  • Latin
  • Linguistics
  • Advanced Koine Greek - Tobit and Apocalypse of Enoch
  • Advanced Classical Greek - Plato's Apology of Socrates
  • Senior Seminar in Classics
  • Independent Studies
  • Sophocles: Antigone
  • Judges (Hebrew text)
  • Herodotus (Ionic text)
  • Exercises in Comparative Semitic
  • Feminist Koine Readings (Judith, Joseph & Aseneth, Paul and Thecia, Callirhoe)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Literature
  • Chicago Society for Biblical Research

Research

Sheffield Academic Press cancelled the series in which they had agreed to publish my dissertation. I have submitted the dissertation (January 2004) to Mark S. Smith, Skirball Professor of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at New York University, for review and publication recommendation.

Fabulae Aesopicae: Greek Text, Vocabulary and Notes. A reader in Attic Greek designed to smooth the transition of students of Koiné. In contact with expected publisher, Bochazy-Carducci, Wauconda, IL.

Papers Published and/or Presented

Publications

Review of Linguistics for Students of New Testament Greek by David Alan Black (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1988) in Religious Studies Review 15/3 (July 1989) 262.

“By the Power of Beelzebub: An Aramaic Incantation Formula from Qumran (4Q560),” with Michael O. Wise, Journal of Biblical Literature 113/4 (1994): 627-650.

Consulting Editor for the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, InterVarsity Press, responsible for the final form of 110 articles, 1994-97.

Author of the following articles for the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (InterVarsity Press, October 1998): “Animals of the Bible, Arrow of God, Birds of the Bible, Cosmology, Demons, Dreams, Facial Gestures, Idols and Idolatry, Magic, Mythical Animals, Oracle, Ox, Pit, Plague, Serpent, Shave and Storm.”

“What hath Jerusalem to do with Athens - Again?” Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages (3:2002)

“My Name Is Legion for We are Myriad: Mark 5:9 in the light of Psalm 91:7.” (Submitted to Novum Testamentum, Spring 2003.)

“Finding the Devil in the Details: Onomastic Exegesis and the Naming of Evil in the World of the New Testament.” in New Testament Greek and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of Gerald F. Hawthorne. Amy M. Donaldson and Timothy B Sailors, eds. (Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003).

Papers and Lectures

"Ancient Writing Systems," a lecture presented at the Wheaton Archaeology Conference, Wheaton College, November 1987.

"By the Power of Beelzebub (4Q560)," a paper presented to the Jewish Studies Workshop, University of Chicago, January 18, 1993.

“An Aramaic Incantation Formula from Qumran (4Q560),” a paper presented to the Aramaic Studies Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 1993.

“’This World with Devils Filled’:  Apotropaic vocabulary in Psalm 91,” a paper reconsidering the background of demonic evils in Psalm 91 presented to the Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature Section, Society of Biblical Literature, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 18-21, 1995.

“Angels, Hubris and Worms:  Job 40:11 (LXX) as literary background to Acts 12:23,” a paper presented to the inaugural meeting of The Dead Language Society, Wheaton College, October 6, 1996.

“’My Name Is Legion for We Are Myriad’:  Mark 5:9 As Exegesis of Psalm 91:7 (90:7 LXX),” a paper arguing a Semitic alternative based on semantics and 2nd Temple angelology against the proposal of Hans-Dieter Betz that “Legion” is evidence of an “obvious” anti-Roman tendency in Mark’s Gospel, presented to the Midwest Regional Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, Wheaton College, February 17, 1997.

“Ancient Culture and Biblical Imagery,” a paper invited by Lee Ryken for the discussion of The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery at the meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, Orlando FL, November 19, 1998.

“Evolution: Language as Fossil.” Wheaton College Science Division Lunch Seminar, March 18, 2003.

“Entertaining Angels Unawares in the Text” presentation to the Humanities Division Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, April 24, 2003.