The Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST) officially welcomed Dr. Sofanit Tamene at a lunch party on Tuesday, September 21, 202. Welcoming the faculty member and her family, EGST Director, Rev. Dr. Misgana Mathewos, extended his appreciation to Sofanit and her family in particular to her husband Paulos Fikadu for supporting her during the doctoral studies.
Dr. Sofanit in her part appreciated the prayers and support extended by EGST community at large. She has completed her PhD under the EGST female faculty development plan and returned to join EGST as full-time faculty. With her return, the number of full-time Ethiopian faculty at EGST is now nine.
The incoming faculty will be teaching New Testament, Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity. She also hopes to contribute at equipping pastors and leaders to engage in conversation with the rich repository of Christian texts and thinkers. Dr. Sofanit is similarly interested in theological interpretation and the task of engaging ancient texts to inform modern conversations.
Dr. Sofanit’s publications include “Suffering, Liminality and ‘Ănāwȋm Identity in 1 Enoch 108: Towards a Theology of Persecution,” in The Blessing of Enoch: 1 Enoch and Contemporary Theology, edited by Philip F. Esler and “Peter and the Patriarch: Eschatological Perspectives from 1 Peter and 1 Enoch.”
Faculty members and staff participated in the official welcoming event.