Claude Mariottini Announces Retirement

Lombard, IL – Claude Mariottini, esteemed Professor of Old Testament and Faculty Marshal at Northern Seminary has announced that he will retire from the seminary faculty at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 academic year.

“The significant impact of Dr. Mariottini’s contributions to the seminary will continue long after he retires,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs, Karen Walker Freeburg. “His commitment to Christ’s church, alumni, students, faculty, and staff is reflected in the enduring relationships he has cultivated over his twenty-nine years as a professor. Mariottini has had tremendous influence upon the integrity of the curriculum and policies which undergird the excellent theological education experienced by our students. Throughout his tenure, he has focused upon serving the local church while expecting the seminary’s Christian heritage coursework to rival that of institutions preparing academic scholars, rather than scholar-pastors.”

Under his leadership as Chair of the Self-Study Committee, the seminary successfully moved through the 2007 Self- Study process for both the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). He has served as faculty Marshal for the past five years, and most recently he honored the arrival of the new president, Dr. Bill Shiell, by co-chairing the Presidential Inauguration Committee.

Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling, Associate Professor of Theology notes, “Claude is a gentleman scholar and professor of incredible caliber. His pastoral heart and commitment to the church have shaped students’ lives even as he has brought them deeper into God’s grand story of covenant faithful to Israel, and hence their call as a new, yet continuing, people for God’s Name. I have grown through my friendship and collaborations with Claude and have served Northern Seminary better with his mentorship. Northern is a better place for Claude’s faithful service among us. He will be sorely missed.”

Dr. Bob Price, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Urban Studies relays, “Dr. Mariottini has served as a professor and colleague par excellence. He pastored Trinity Baptist Church in Marquette Park (in Chicago) all the while publishing articles, books, and blogs. [I thank] Claude for modeling scholarship and missional practice with rigor and effectiveness.”

Dr. Bill Shiell, President and Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Theology said, “Dr. Mariottini’s life and legacy influenced me as a Pastor before I ever came to Northern. His insightful teaching and published works provided a wealth of wisdom for Pastors. He trained many of my mentors and friends in ministry. His personal impact as a Christian, scholar, and fellow pastor is felt literally across the world. As part of the Northern faculty, Dr. Mariottini has expanded our global vision and kept us focused on our mission for the church. What has impressed me the most as his colleague have been the numerous testimonies from current students about the influence that he has on them. His personal touch, pastoral care, robust scholarship, and commitment to Northern will be felt into eternity.”

Dr. Mariottini’s areas of specialization have included Old Testament History, Hebrew and Biblical Archaeology. His blog (Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament) receives an average of 30,000 hits per month and his blog is read in 142 countries.

Northern Seminary will host a reception during the June 8-9, 2017 board meeting to honor Dr. Mariottini.

Mariottini has published more than 200 articles, commentaries, and book reviews in English, Spanish, and Russian. His academic works have been published in The Anchor Bible Dictionary, The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, The Holman Bible Dictionary, Jewish Bible Quarterly, Perspective in Religious Studies, The Expository Times, Biblical Illustrator, Old Testament Abstracts, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, The Journal of Biblical Literature, and Biblical Archaeologist.

His most recent writings include:

  • “The Punishment of the Wicked in Isaiah 66:24.” In A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor of Edward W. Fudge, edited Christopher M Date and Ron Highfield. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015.
  • “Prayers in 1–2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah.” In Praying with Ancient Israel: Exploring the Theology of Prayer in the Old Testament, ed. Phillip G. Camp and Tremper Longman III. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2015.
  • “The Hittites,” Biblical Illustrator (Winter 2016-17): 26-29.

At the present he is working on a book on slavery in the Old Testament.

He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Biblical Archaeology Society, and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.

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