Brian Rickett | Professor of Bible and Apologetics
R. Brian Rickett is the CEO and Principal Researcher of the MIKRA Research Laboratory, a limited liability research conservancy engaging in artifact analysis, education, research technologies development, and public exhibition of artifacts. MIKRA seeks “to bring ancient wisdom to a contemporary world by merging textual artifacts with innovative research technologies.” Through MIKRA, Brian has lectured and conducted artifact exhibits emphasizing the scroll and manuscript forms of Judeo-Christian texts in secular and religious university, governmental, theological seminary, ecclesiastical, performing arts and other venues. He also served as a founding board member and Director of The Artifact Foundation, a non-profit entity promoting the virtues of truth, goodness, and beauty, through global artifact initiatives to cultivate worldwide human flourishing through understanding. Representing the foundation, he has conducted artifact encounters and collaborated in a project to conserve some of the World's most important Christian manuscripts in Ethiopia. In his academic career, Brian has taught over 50 course titles in university and seminary environments emphasizing biblical and theological research languages and other courses in the various divisions of a traditional theological curriculum. He appeared as a textual specialist in the March 2019 cinematic documentary film, Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy, and is a former Campus Administrator and Professor of Biblical Studies at a Christian theological seminary.
Currently, Brian is a weekly columnist for The Patterns of Evidence movie franchise writing weekly analyses of current archaeological discoveries, biblical studies, and manuscript related issues. Additionally, he has published and contributed scholarly and popular publications in his areas of research, has served several congregations, and has filled the role of founding Pastor-Teacher of the Bible Church of Beebe, in Beebe, Ark. since 2009. He has been married to his best friend and MIKRA CFO Janet, since 1993. He holds professional and research degrees in divinity (M.Div., The Master’s Seminary, 2000) and theology (Th.M., The Master’s Seminary, 2003), and wrote his doctoral dissertation (D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019) on The Design and Development of the MIKRA Research Laboratory.
Additionally, he has studied the codicology, paleography, diplomatics, and art history of medieval Hebrew manuscripts at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (Oxford, UK, 2017).
· B.S., Central Baptist College, 1996
· M.Div., The Master’s Seminary, 2000
· Th.M. (Major: OT) The Master’s Seminary, 2003
· D.Min. (Concentration: Christian Worldview and Cultural Engagement), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2020
Additional studies at the Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute, Oxford University, UK; Field: Medieval Hebrew Manuscript Studies, Summer 2017.
Courses Emphases at Brookes
· Biblical and Theological Research Languages
· Worldview and Apologetics
· Pastor of the Bible Church of Beebe (bcbeebe.org)
· CEO and Principal Researcher; The MIKRA Research Laboratory (www.mikralab.org)
Joined Faculty in Fall 2020
· Numerous articles for the weekly column, Patterns of Evidence Thinker Updates
· “Origin of the World,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary/FaithLife Study Bible (Bellingham, Wa.: Logos Bible Software, 2013-14).
· “Polytheism,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary/FaithLife Study Bible (Bellingham, Wa.: Logos Bible Software, 2013-14).
· “Ruth,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary/FaithLife Study Bible (Bellingham, Wa.: Logos Bible Software, 2013-14).
· “World,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary/FaithLife Study Bible (Bellingham, Wa.: Logos Bible Software, 2013-14).