Chapter 1: Prologue 1
T he motivation for undertaking this research project arises from a mixture of both personal and professional reasons. Since my youth, I have had a keen interest in science. For instance, I re- member enjoying college preparatory classes in geometry, algebra, bi- ology, chemistry, and physics while I was a high school student growing up in New Jersey. I also began to explore the world of electronics, and this is why I later did a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy as an avionics tech- nician. In turn, these experiences influenced my decision to major in electrical engineering as an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California (USC). While attending USC during the late 1970s and early 1980s, I took a heavy load of courses in math and science. It was also during this time that I had a conversion experience that established within me a growing interest in the history and text of the Bible. Accordingly, I opted to take some elective courses in the liberal arts, including western civilization, classical Greek, and contemporary Hebrew. Moreover, alongside my formal university classes, I got involved in various parachurch groups, such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Navigators, and Campus Crusade for Christ. My participation in these organizations exposed me to the study of the Christian Bible, albeit at an introductory level. During those college years, the mentoring I received from two local church pas- tors enabled me to do in-depth studies in Scripture and theology. Following my graduation from...
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