Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman

Professor of Biblical Studies, Gettysburg Seminary

Digging at Bethsaida - June 2012 Archaeological Dig

Greetings, all! I am Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Prof. of Biblical Studies at Gettysburg Sem. I am, however, a 1983 graduate of Luther Seminary and recall with some fondness the good old days in Stub Hall. The Vitalis in my name comes thanks to my wife, Kathy Vitalis Hoffman, who is also a pastor. Her church is Zion Lutheran in Middletown, MD. We met at Luther Sem one summer when I was teaching Greek. (But we didn't date that summer!)

I love teaching Greek along with the other classes I offer like: Gospels, Experiencing the Gospel of Mark, Parables of Jesus, OT in the NT, Advanced Greek, Bible and Technology, and others. A new edge for me lately has been a Survey of the Lands of the Bible class that I've been teaching both residentially and as a MOOC. (There were 230 people in the class this fall.)

But really on the edge for me is this class. First, I am really looking forward to working with and, even more so, learning from Mary Hess. I've done a lot with technology, especially Bible-related software, and I've been active online since about 1994. You can find out more about some of my interests by clicking on the Bible and Tech Blog button below. Second, in this class, I'm looking forward to thinking more systematically about the impact of technology and various media on our understanding of God. In particular, I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the Bible as media and ways we can share it effectively in today's media culture.   #ltsg4.400

I do a bunch of running and biking (and now Nordic Track during the winter, especially while watching my University of Illinois basketball team). Besides things technological, another hobby of mine is photography. Click on the button to see some pics I took back in 2012.

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2 years ago
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Speaking of the Bible as "media" sounds very interesting. I look forward to reading your thoughts on this as the course moves forward. Pax, Jerome

2 years ago
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I'd love to see the photostream -- but for some reason the link isn't working for me...

2 years ago
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Re: the photostream - It's a Google thing. I can only get it to work part of the time. Try hitting refresh a couple times. Seems to be a bit more reliable in Chrome than Firefox or IE.