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rustenE. Michael Rusten, Th.M., Ph.D.

Scholar in Residence at Bethlehem College & Seminary

Mike Rusten grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. God drew him to himself at a Billy Graham crusade when Mike was a junior high boy, and life was never to be the same. He graduated from Princeton University where he was president of the Princeton Evangelical Fellowship.

Mike and his wife Sharon have two children. Their daughter Marta MacDougall is a clinical psychologist at the V.A. Hospital in Philadelphia. Their son Mark is an ear, nose, and throat physician in Paducah, Kentucky. Marta, Mark, and their spouses have presented Mike and Sharon with four delightful grandchildren.

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Parallels Between the Travels of Abraham and Isaac

By |February 6th, 2017|

The stories in Genesis of Abraham and Isaac going to Egypt and Abraham going to Gerar contain many parallels. All describe a migration, a deception, a deliverance, a confrontation, and a conclusion. Abraham's two stories

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Guarding the Garden

By |January 14th, 2017|

Was It Adam's Responsibility to Keep Talking Snakes Out of the Garden of Eden?1 In Genesis 3:1 a talking snake entered the garden of Eden. What was Adam's responsibility in this situation? In Genesis 1:26

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The Thematic Structure of Daniel 7

By |January 10th, 2017|

Like many other Old Testament prophecies, Daniel 7 goes back to discuss themes that have been introduced earlier in the prophecy. The following chart demonstrates the flow of events prophesied in the chapter and their interpretation.

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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Testimonials From Mike’s Students

Dr. Rusten, affectionately called “Mike” in class, has had a profound impact on my understanding of theology. His Plot of the Bible course has reshaped my understanding of the the Bible and how God relates to his people.

More than this, Mike’s been a mentor, counselor, godly example, and faithful friend. Mike’s influence on my life has extended beyond the classroom and into my life. I am a better father, husband, and Christian because of Mike’s commitment to discipleship.

Jon Crappel
Mike has deeply influenced my Bible study methods. He taught me how to think deeply over texts and see how the Bible fits together in a cohesive and consistent way. I, along with countless others, are grateful for the mentoring and teaching Mike provided me as a student of his.
Jon Osburn