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Josh Harper, who left in December, made an immense contribution to the Tyndale House community as a musician for chapel, planting many beautiful things in the garden, and blessing everyone regularly with his considerable culinary skills. We asked him a few questions as he prepared to leave.

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He said, "I would wholeheartedly advise anyone doing Biblical research in Cambridge to study at Tyndale House. In fact, I am not sure how I would have managed the PhD without Tyndale."

Peter Williams interviews Josh Harper:

PW. So, Josh, where are you from and what are you doing at Tyndale House?

JH. I grew up in Houston, Texas (USA), and I am currently finishing a PhD at the University of Cambridge on the Greek translations of Habakkuk 3, using Tyndale House as my home base.


PW. How long have you been here, and what has it been like?

JH. I've been here three years (the whole duration of my PhD), both working in the library and living in one of the single rooms.  Not only is the collection in the library great, but I have particularly enjoyed being part of the community here at Tyndale.  Tea and coffee time are always a good opportunity to chat and get to know each other and support each other in the difficult stages of life and study, and the communal meals and general life together have been encouraging, on the whole.  I also enjoy giving back to the community, through playing piano for chapel, planting things in the garden to bring beauty for years to come, and baking for tea time--and I usually do not have any left overs!

PW. What are you hoping to do when you leave?

JH. I am hoping to teach at a seminary or Bible school somewhere in Africa, to train pastors and scholars to interpret and teach the Bible effectively to God's people.  The details of finding a school at which to teach, however, are proving more challenging than I expected them to be, but I trust that God will open the door in his own time.

PW. Would you advise others to come here to study?

JH. I would wholeheartedly advise anyone doing Biblical research in Cambridge to study at Tyndale House.  In fact, I am not sure how I would have managed the PhD without Tyndale.

 

 


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