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- Dr. Rata joined the Old Testament department, after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. He also earned master's degrees from both the University of Toronto (Hebrew language and literature) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Old Testament). His doctoral research was on the finite verb in the book of Job. Being of Romanian heritage, Dr. Rata has ministered in Romanian churches in Canada and in the United States. His interests include Wisdom Literature, Semitic languages, Biblical archaeology and theology, and Islamic studies. He is married with three children: Isaiah, David, and Talitha.
- Dr. Soon Jin Choi has been teaching Old Testament as an adjunct at Torch Trinity since 2006. He joined our faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2008. Dr. Choi began his higher education at Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul, Korea. His first love was science, and he went on to obtain a Master of Science degree from the University of Texas in Austin (USA). While working on his doctoral program in science at Washington University, he took a few theological courses at Westminster Theological Seminary. as it became clear to him that his calling was for Christian ministry, he decided to transfer as a full-time student in the MDiv program. After graduating from Westminster, he received a Master of Theology from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA and a PhD from University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, England. His doctoral advisor was Dr. Gordon McConville, and his thesis topic was “A New Heart to Know the Lord: Rhetorical Analysis of Jeremiah 21-24.” His teaching and research interests are as follows: Old Testament prophetic books, hermeneutics, rhetorical analysis, and the background of the Old Testament.