Dan Epp-Tiessen is Associate Professor of Bible at Canadian Mennonite University. Dan's specialty is Old Testament, but he appreciates the opportunity to teach courses that span the entire Bible. In introductory courses he enjoys seeing first-year students get excited about the background and richness of biblical texts. In graduate courses he enjoys exploring biblical themes like "From Creation to New Creation." Dan also appreciates opportunities to focus an entire course on a single biblical book like Genesis or Exodus. He gets equally excited about the Old Testament prophets' passion for social justice, as he does about the priestly commitment to holiness, purity, and worship. Teaching biblical apocalyptic writings provides opportunity to enter the symbolic world of angelic beings, dragons, vicious beasts, and evil empires.
Dan is a bridge-builder committed to making the insights of academic biblical scholarship available to students as well as lay persons with an interest in the Bible for personal faith reasons. He welcomes invitations to lead seminars at church conferences and in congregations. Dan is comfortable producing technical scholarship, such as his recent book on true and false prophecy, but also writes worship resources and Sunday school curriculum.
May is Dan's favorite month of the year because his two favorite hobbies kick into high gear: gardening and watching birds during spring migration. Other interests include running, biking, camping, reading, and, of course, family.
Dan and his wife Esther have two sons: Mark who is married to Melissa, and Chris. They are absolutely delighted with their new granddaughter, Hannah.