Experts on "Literary Criticism"

Joe Henderson

  • Associate Professor

Joe Henderson teaches Bible, literature, and hermeneutics. In his doctoral work at Fuller Theological Seminary, he studied hermeneutics and Old Testament literature. His dissertation on the poetry of the book of Jeremiah is the fruit of his interest in the relationship between the history of biblical interpretation and the history of literary criticism. His other interests include Robert Louis Stevenson's novels, Paul's theology, Milton's Prose, Brevard Childs' hermeneutics, Flannery O'Connor's stories, Charles Wesley's hymns, and Francis of Assisi's life. Joe is a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky and Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. He and his wife Conchie served at Rift Valley Academy as dorm parents for fifth- and sixth-grade girls. Now they are the grateful parents of Kip, William and Laurel.

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Jane E. Kim

  • Assistant Professor

Jane E. Kim was born in State College, Pa. and grew up in Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in English and French, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University. Her dissertation focused on the influence of Dante's poetic theology on British Romantic conceptions of the poet and poetry. Her current research interests include 18th and 19th-century British literature and the Bible and literature. Jane is thrilled to be a part of the Biola community and enjoys studying great books with the Torrey Honors Institute's bright students.

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Daniel E. Kim

  • Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitics

Prior to joining the Talbot faculty full-time, Dr. Kim spent over 15 years on the Biola campus as an alumnus of both Biola and Talbot, and later as an Adjunct Professor in the Old Testament Department at Talbot. He has a deep love for Biola, its students, and its mission. His current research interests and specialties include the Historical Books of the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Targumim, the use of the Old Testament in the New, the ancient Near Eastern background of the Old Testament (specifically Mesopotamian literature), Hebrew and cognate Semitic languages, and biblical exegesis. He is passionate about teaching Hebrew and seeks to inspire students to exegete the Old Testament so that they would be well-equipped to teach God’s Word accurately and effectively for God’s people. Having been both a pastor and elder at various churches for several years, he has a fervent heart for the local church, and in particular for special needs ministries. Dr. Kim preaches and teaches at churches and conferences in the US and internationally.

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Marc Malandra

  • Associate Professor of English

Marc Malandra received his bachelor's degree in literature in the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in English and creative writing at University of California, Davis. He also received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Professor Malandra has had opportunities to teach at University of California, Davis, for various businesses and high schools in Japan, for University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, and at Hartnell College. His areas of specialization are nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, Anglo-American poetry, and creative writing.

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Haein Park

  • Associate Professor of English

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Lyle H Smith, Jr

  • Professor of English

Lyle Smith grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended Wheaton College, and graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he also completed post-graduate work in English Renaissance studies. His dissertation dealt with the history of English anti-clerical satire between the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries, culminating in the Martin Marprelate pamphlets of 1588-89. He is married to a beautiful California girl who, for ten years, was a missionary in South Africa, worked until 2004 as a psychotherapist and taught in the Human Services department at California State University, Fullerton.

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Victor Velazquez

  • Associate Professor of Modern Language

Victor Velazquez is currently a modern language professor at Biola University. He is a member of the Modern Language Association, American Association of Teachers of French and American Association of Teachers of Spanish, Portuguese and Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). Velazquez invests in his community and serves as a volunteer speaker for Child S.H.A.R.E., an organization that supports and encourages faith communities through the foster care and adoption process. He received his bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and master’s degree/doctorate in French Language and Literature from the University of California, Irvine. While working towards his doctorate, he was honored through several awards such as the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Award. Velazquez previously taught at Mount San Antonio College, Coastline Community College and University of California, Irvine.

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