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  • Lesson 10 for the week of November 26 to December 3

The Fires of Hell

Relevant Verses: Rev. 6:19-11; 1 Peter 3:13-20; Phil. 1:21-24; Luke 16:19-31; John 3:16 Leading Question: “Typically Seventh-day Adventists do not believe in an eternally burning hell, yet they do believe in hell. What’s the difference?” Comment:…Read more
  • Lesson 5 for the week of October 22 to October 29

Resurrections Before the Cross

Relevant Verses: Deut. 4:5-8; 13-14; 5:22-33 Leading Question: “What would lead the Sabbath School lesson editors to include a lesson on ‘resurrections before the cross’ in this quarter’s line-up? This is a wonderful collection of stories.…Read more
  • Lesson 1 for the week of September 24 to October 1

Rebellion in a Perfect Universe

Relevant Verses: Gen. 3; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-19; Rev. 12 Leading Question: “Why does the Old Testament tell us so little about the Great Adversary?” Biblical Names for the Great Adversary. When we explore the…Read more
  • Lesson 11 for the week of September 3 to September 10

Waiting in the Crucible

Opening Question The lyrics of a song say that waiting is the most bitter lesson a believing heart has to learn. Do you agree? Introduction Delayed gratification. Patience. Waiting. Hoping. Putting our desires behind those…Read more
  • Lesson 10 for the week of August 27 to September 3

Meekness in the Crucible

Opening Question Do you admire people who go through challenges with poise, patience, and humility? Introduction The quarterly begins a definition of meekness as “enduring injury with patience and without resentment.” No citation is given…Read more


Mathilde Frey

Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
(BA, Seminar Marienhoehe, Darmstadt, Germany; PhD, Andrews University) Mathilde Frey comes to Walla Walla University with a European background. She grew up in communist Romania where she attended elementary and high school, and graduated with the Baccalaureate. In 1984, she immigrated to West Germany, studied Theology in Austria and Germany, and served as a pastor in the South German Conference for five years. In 2003, she moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, and earned a PhD in Old Testament from Andrews University. Her dissertation is titled, The Sabbath in the Pentateuch: An Exegetical and Theological Study.

Jody Washburn

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Studies
[Education] PhD – Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, 2016 -- MA – Religion—Old Testament, Andrews University, 2010 -- MA – Religion—Religious Education, Andrews University, 2010 -- BA – Theology, Walla Walla University, 2005 [Teaching Areas] Hebrew Language, Biblical Studies, Levantine Archaeology, Christian Theology. [Research/Interests] Interdisciplinary study of ancient tombs and inscriptions. Intersections between psychological science and theology, particularly in the area of compassion and spirituality. Creative pedagogy, particularly in the areas of Bible and archaeology. Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible.

Alden Thompson

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University
Alden Thompson is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. He has been a faculty member at WWC since 1970. From 1972 to 1974, he was on college-sponsored doctoral study leave at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1980-81 he was an exchange teacher at Marienhöhe Seminary in Darmstadt, Germany. After serving as WWC academic vice president for four years (1986-90), he returned to full-time teaching in the School of Theology. He retired in 2009, but continued to teach part time until he fully retired on June 30, 2020.

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