After a science background with two years into a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Wales, U.K., I began my theological studies at the Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology with research ultimately focused on the theme of suffering in 1 Peter and its background in 1 Enoch. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the New Testament that focuses on an early Christian theology of suffering within the literary and social context of Second Temple Judaism and in conversation with 1 Enoch and related traditions. The dramatic switch from the Life Sciences to Biblical Studies came as a result of a long and painful search for meaning and a deeper sense of purpose following a family tragedy. In retrospect, I had always been convinced that I would one day study God’s word at a formal institution. EGST was thus an answer to my unuttered prayer as much as it was my balm from Gilead.