Lee M. Fields

lmf_small.jpg (180x225)pxChairman of the Department of Biblical Studies
Professor of Bible

Office Phone: 252-334-2080

B.S.E. (Secondary) Physical Science, Emporia State University
M. Div. in General Bible, Cincinnati Christian University
M.Ph. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Ph.D. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies with concentration in Judaic Studies in the Greco-Roman Period, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Courses Taught:
     Biblical Language Tools
     Daniel & Zechariah
     Epistle to the Hebrews
     Epistles of Peter & John
     Greek 1, 2, 3, 4
     Hebrew 1, 2, 3, 4
     Interpreting Biblical Literature

Brief Biography:

In 1997, Dr. Lee Fields and his family moved from his home state of Kansas to Elizabeth City, NC, to begin a teaching ministry at Mid Atlantic Christian University. Since the mid-1980s, Lee has done supply preaching and has held several part-time ministries. He married Julie, his high school sweetheart, in 1979. Julie is the Enrollment Services Specialist at MACU. They enjoy their two children, Brian and Beth, born in 1986 and 1989, respectively.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Emporia State University in 1980 in the area of Physical Science. After attending Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS, he moved to Cincinnati, receiving the Master of Divinity degree in General Bible from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1986. He taught science and Bible at the junior and senior high school level for one year at a Cookson Hills Christian School, and then began study at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, in the area of Judaic Studies in the Greco-Roman Period. He received the Ph.D. degree in 2001. His dissertation was entitled, "An Anonymous Dialog with a Jew: An Introduction and Annotated Translation."

At MACU, Dr. Fields teaches courses in both Old and New Testaments. His emphases are biblical languages and Bible interpretation. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He is the author of Hebrew for the Rest of Us (Zondervan, 2008), and of the forthcoming An Anonymous Dialog with a Jew, Corpus Christianorum in Translation (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2011). Among various articles, he has published “Proverbs 11:30—Soul Winning or Wise Living?” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 50 (2007): 517-35.

Dr. Fields has also contributed papers at the ETS, SBL, and NAPH conferences and is a member of the ETS Applied Linguistics and Biblical Languages Consultation committee that guides and plans the sessions.

In 2002, he completed post-doctoral work, a Continuing Education Practicum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary on New Testament Greek Manuscript Studies, working with Dr. William Warren in the Center for New Testament Textual Studies. In 2007, Dr. Fields joined the CoHeLeT (Communicative Hebrew Learning and Teaching) Project as a member of the field test team. During the 2007-8 school year, he implemented these innovative teaching techniques in his first year Hebrew course. He now teaches all of his Hebrew and Greek courses using communicative techniques, so that students learn to communicate in Koine Greek and Biblical Hebrew in a more enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere, making the languages accessible to more students. 

In local church work, Dr. Fields has recently finished a term of service as an elder at Towne South Church of Christ in Elizabeth City, where he continues to teach Sunday school and other special studies. He has developed two special series for churches: "From Stone Tablets to Clay Jars," a study of how the Bible came to the modern world, and "American Denominations," a survey of a few major Christian groups.

Dr. Fields is a long-time fan of Big-12 sports (especially football) and the Minnesota Vikings. He also plays guitar.