Professor of New Testament
Dr. Rapske’s teaching is enriched by over ten years’ pastoral experience in several Baptist churches in Canada. He continues to preach and teach on invitation in Fellowship and other churches. Since 1997, he has taught courses in biblical hermeneutics and New Testament studies at Northwest Baptist Seminary at ACTS. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in the classroom setting, Dr. Rapske serves as an instructor in the seminary’s Distance Education program and mentors students working on theses in a broad range of New Testament subjects. He currently serves as chairman of the Fellowship Advisory Committee for the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in BC and Yukon. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Courses Being Taught
- BIE 505 – Biblical Hermeneutics
- BIE 703 – Exposition of Hebrews and other General Epistles
- BIE 704 – Exposition of the Johannine Corpus
- BIE 706 – Exposition of Romans
- BIE 719/20 – Exposition of Acts
- BIE 731/32 – Exposition of Colossians and Philemon
Areas of Interest – Professional
Dr. Rapske has a broad range of research and writing interests, including especially the Greco-Roman social, political and religious background to the New Testament. His close attention to how background issues inform our understanding of the content and message of the New Testament has resulted in a number of significant publications. Besides writing a substantial volume entitled Paul in Roman Custody and chapters for The Book of Acts in its Greco-Roman Setting and Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts, Dr. Rapske has contributed a half dozen articles to IVP’s Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Dictionary of New Testament Backgrounds. He has also had articles published in New Testament Studies and the Tyndale Bulletin and has delivered papers at several conferences. He is currently working on several projects related to Luke-Acts and the later Pauline epistles. Read here about Dr. Rapske’s dream trip come true
Areas of Interest – Personal
- Visual arts (drawing, sketching, photography, cartooning), guitar, jogging and swimming.