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Goshen College professor to represent Mennonite Church USA on Believers Church Bible Commentary board

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 19, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.

GOSHEN — The Executive Board of Mennonite Church USA has appointed Jo-Ann Brant, professor of Bible, religion and philosophy at Goshen College, to the editorial board of the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series as its denominational representative, effective January 2013.

The Believers Church Bible Commentary Series (BCBCS) is a collection of Scripture analysis representing the cooperative effort of six denominations: Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Canada, Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, Mennonite Brethren and the Brethren Church.

Brant expressed joy and humility in accepting the position to join the board.

“I am excited to step into this role. As someone who has always been active in my home congregation, I see this as another way to serve,” said Brant. “We hope the message of God’s Word, which is always worthy of more attention, will be brought to life in new ways through these volumes.”

Brant has served on the faculty of Goshen College since 1993. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, and master’s and doctoral degrees from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She will be replacing retired bishop and seminary instructor Paul M. Zehr, who served as the chair of the editorial council of the series for more than 25 years.

As of March 2013, there are 26 volumes in the Believers Church Bible Commentary Series, with 12 more volumes covering Old Testament books in process, and six more in writing or development stages from the New Testament. There will be 44 volumes in all when the series is complete, which is projected for 2020.