To meet all the Center’s 2016-2017 interns, see here. –Ed.
I’ll start by throwing at you some facts about myself that are usually stereotypes: I am a Texan, I was homeschooled from first through twelfth grade, and I am pursuing a Th.M. at Dallas Theological Seminary. But I promise I’m normal! Mostly…
I’ve realized recently that although I don’t like to fall into stereotypes, these parts of my past and present have shaped me in ways that I wouldn’t trade for anything. My time in college also had a huge impact on bringing me to where I am, now. I graduated from Howard Payne University with a degree in math and a minor in art, and spent a year taking biblical Greek as an elective. At first, this combination made no sense! But when I went to China to teach English for a year, I realized how much those two subjects intersected. Spending concentrated time teaching English and learning Chinese showed me that language requires a knowledge of all of the grammar rules in order to solve translation, and to express emotions and feelings.
I decided to pursue becoming a professor of biblical languages, so that I could combine my love for languages with my love for people. I applied to DTS when I heard about the fantastic biblical languages program here, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into! Dr. Wallace and other professors here have set such high standards that I never believed I could actually meet before. Now let’s be honest: I fall short of those standards all the time. But being pushed to my limits and realizing my imperfections and inabilities has taught me so much about my need for Jesus’ perfection and forgiveness.
I honestly had no idea that interning with CSNTM was just what I needed this year. My work has sparked many conversations with people, resulting in opportunities to share the gospel with non-believers, or to encourage other believers on the reliability of the Bible. It has also formed me so much spiritually and academically, and has been such an adventure! I’ve loved spending time on the various tasks and meetings CSNTM has planned, including discovering variants, digitizing a rare book, and meeting with Dr. Wallace to discuss theological issues. He and the staff have taught me how to work with excellence, while still keeping relationships a priority. I am deeply grateful for their example, and am eager to share everything I have learned and experienced this year with my future students.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would be doing a year-long internship at CSNTM under Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, I would have laughed at you. For the last sixteen years, I have worked and continue to work full-time in the software engineering industry. Over the last eight years, I have taken classes at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) for personal enrichment, and recently, decided I might pursue a full degree. I was blessed to have the opportunity to do an internship with CSNTM and my work has been flexible enough to accommodate the time I am out of the office.
I have deeply enjoyed my time with Dr. Wallace, the CSNTM staff, and my fellow interns. Mondays (when all the interns are at CSNTM together) is the highlight of my week. We work on a mixture of assignments from indexing to archiving to rearranging boxes. The one-on-one times with Dr. Wallace have been meaningful and I’ve grown even more to appreciate, respect, and admire his ministry and wisdom. The staff at CSNTM have impressed on me the importance of the highest quality of scholarly work and it is reflected in the many tens of thousands of images they have digitized. Learning about textual criticism has given me a larger degree of confidence in the text and how it has been transmitted throughout the centuries.
I work in a highly secular environment and this internship has provided me with invaluable tools to address, with some knowledge, questions and discussions that are somewhat common in the business environment. This internship has provided a framework for me for thinking about textual issues, and the resources where I might find additional information. And finally, I’ve developed friendships with some really sharp people who are part of the next generation of torch bearers.