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Dr. Josef Sykora

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation
585.594.6820
Sykora_Josef@roberts.edu

Education

Ph.D. Old Testament, Durham University (Durham, UK)
M.A., Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
MGR, Law, Masaryk University (Brno, Czech Republic)

Biography

Dr. Josef Sykora has served in senior and assistant pastoral roles, in leading spiritual retreats, and as an educator for missionaries. He serves as the director of the doctor of ministry program at Northeastern Seminary. On the master’s level he also teaches the core classes (Protestant Era) and a number of classes in the biblical studies area. Dr. Sykora's research interests include violence in the Scripture, theological interpretation, election in the Old Testament, and the books of Genesis and Samuel. 

Speaking Topics

  • Books of the Bible (Genesis, Deuteronomy, Samuel)
  • Violence in Scripture
  • Contemplative Prayer, Silence, and Solitude
  • Theological Interpretation

Publications

Books

The Unfavored: Judah and Saul in the Narratives of Genesis and 1 Samuel. Siphrut (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, forthcoming).

Articles

“Mission that Transforms: Joseph’s Development in Genesis 37-50” Canadian Theological Review, 4.2 (2015): 11-18.

Presentations

2017                “David’s Shadow in Saul’s Rejection: A Hermeneutical Thought-experiment in 1 Samuel 13-15” (Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, Akron, OH, March 17, 2017).

2016                “The Mission of Joseph, the Character of God: Joseph’s Development in Genesis 37-50” (Participating in God’s Mission Conference, Northeastern Seminary, March 19, 2016).

2015                “Like King, Like Priest: Eli’s and Saul’s Rejection in 1 Samuel,” (Old Testament Seminar, Durham University, Durham, UK, 2015).

2014                “Kingdom of Israel in the Old Testament,” (Evangelical Forum on State and Church, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014).