New lecturer for Old Testament Goran Živković, Ph.D., teaches at FAU

24. Nov. 2023

Goran Živković, born in Croatia in 1981, graduated from high school in Sombor (Serbia) in 1999 and studied theology at the Belgrade Theological Seminary from 2000 to 2004. In 2004, he obtained his Bachelor's degree with "Summa cum laude". He gained practical experience as a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Subotica (Serbia) from 2004 to 2006. From 2006 onwards, he studied for a Master's degree in Biblical Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David (Wales) in Great Britain and successfully completed it in 2008. His Master's thesis dealt with the hermeneutical foundations of the Epistle to the Hebrews: "Hermeneutical Foundations of the Hebrews: A Text-linguistics Study of the Appropriations of Old Testament Material in Hebrews 8–9". In 2009, he moved to the Belgrade Theological Seminary as a lecturer in biblical languages, where he remained full-time until 2011 – and has been a guest lecturer there since 2019.
From 2011 to 2023 he was a pastor in Toronto (Ontario, Canada), where he was also ordained in 2011. During this time (from 2015 to 2022), he wrote his dissertation at McMaster Divinity College (in Hamilton, Canada) on the topic of "Rituals" ("Rituals In and Out of Place: The Role of Ritual in The Construction of Space in Haggai-Zechariah 1-8") – and has held the title "Ph.D. – Philosophical Doctor" since his successful defense.
His list of academic publications is long. It can be found on the university website:
Goran Živković is a member of various professional bodies, for example the "Adventist Theological Society" (ATS), the "Adventist Society for Religious Studies" (ASRS), the "Society for Biblical Literature", the "Evangelical Theological Society" and the "Society for Biblical Studies Canada".
Goran Živković has been a lecturer at Friedensau Adventist University since fall 2023; since then he has been in the tenure-track process for a professorship. He teaches Hebrew and Old Testament mainly on the B.A. Theology course and lives on the university campus in Friedensau with his wife Branka and their two children.

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lecturer for Old Testament Goran Živković, Ph.D.
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