Dr Frank Hasel is an Adventist scholar, currently serving as an associate director of the Biblical Research Institute, based at the General Conference office in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. As someone whose life and faith has been shaped by books, he talked about his recent books written for wider audiences.
Tell us about your work with the Biblical Research Institute (BRI) and what this involves.
At the BRI, I explore biblical and theological questions and help in the publication of various books projects, such as a new book Biblical Hermeneutics: An Adventist Approach that will come out soon. I am the editor of the digital BRI newsletter Reflections. I am also one of the editors of the new SDA Bible and Theological Dictionary and the revised SDA Encyclopedia. We promote the study of Adventist theology and facilitate dialogue with the theological community in our church through the Biblical Research Committees of the various Divisions. We also organise and conduct Bible conferences and speak at camp-meetings, among other contributions to the church around the world.
What was your background before coming to this role?
I was born and raised in Germany, but I also studied and lived in England and the United States. The book A Thousand Shall Fall tells the true story of my grandfather and his family during difficult times in World War II in Nazi Germany. I grew up hearing those fascinating stories often. They inspired me. I received my doctorate in Systematic Theology from Andrews University and wrote my dissertation on the role of Scripture in theology. Before coming to the BRI in 2016, I worked as an ordained pastor in southern Germany for seven years and for the past 18 years as a Bible teacher, dean of the theology department, and director of the Ellen G White Study Center at Bogenhofen Seminary in beautiful Austria.