Dr. Lester is Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, and Director of Emerging Pedagogies, at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Illinois, U.S.). He received his doctoral degree in Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.
As Assistant Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, Dr. Lester teaches Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and biblical languages. His current research interest is figurative allusion in the Hebrew Bible as an aspect of biblical literary poetics. His teaching interests include communicative language acquisition in the learning of Biblical Hebrew, and the challenges and promises of digital learning.
As Director for Emerging Pedagogies, Dr. Lester collaborates with faculty colleagues, administrators, trustees, and staff to craft and implement a vision for digital learning at Garrett-Evangelical. He supports faculty and PhD students in their adoption of learning technologies and determining best practices for online and blended teaching.
Anumma is an academic blog on the intersection of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, digital learning, and higher education. This blog does not seek to privilege the theological perspectives of any faith or denomination.
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Why “Anumma”? This Akkadian word is often found in Old Babylonian letters. Coming after the salutation and the circumstances of the letter, anumma introduces the main point: a request, a report, an instruction. Anumma is often translated, “And now…” (Compare it, for example, to biblical Hebrew ועתה). The word appeals to me as a site title because of its sense of immediacy and relevance.