I am the person who said I’d never have a blog.

But here I am – a fresh reminder of why you should never say “never.” As for what changed my mind, see About “for LOVE of the WORD.”

I have made my living mostly by teaching. My teaching career began in a fifth grade classroom about the time the Berlin Wall turned into souvenir collectibles. Twenty years later, I found myself embarking on another “first year” – teaching Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. That’s a story all in itself.

Early in 2012 God started putting the pieces together for a major career change, and for a couple years I wrote for a living instead of teaching – at Logos Bible Software. (No, I didn’t write software. That would be a Really Bad career change.) The journey from teaching to writing is another story all in itself.

These days I juggle a handful of part-time jobs and writing projects–mostly working from home. My closest colleague on most days of the week is a sweet but spunky pup named Zuzu. Never a dull moment.

I’m a language nut (my academic transcripts say I’ve learned nine languages, but “learned” overstates the case for most of them) – and so I blog about loving words and loving the Word.

P.S. I also have an online portfolio at http://wendywidderhuisken.wordpress.com/. Stop by and see me!

P.P.S. A friend has advised me to include my credentials here so, should you want to cite me for some paper you happen to be writing for a professor somewhere in the world, you can justify using me as a legitimate academic source. So, here goes: I have a PhD in Near Eastern Studies (University of the Free State), an MA in Hebrew & Semitic Studies (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and an MDiv with an emphasis in educational ministries (Grand Rapids Theological Seminary). I have written one commentary on the book of Daniel and am working on a second one for Zondervan. Hopefully that will satisfy your prof.

13 thoughts on “About Me

  1. As a minister to singles, I would like to express my thanks to God for your ministry. I found your book, “A Match Made in Heaven” helpful in nurturing a Scriptural understanding of singleness. I was helped by your personal illustrations and honest reflections on your struggles. I have used much of what I have learned in addressing the minds and hearts of single and married believers, as we seek to grasping the Biblical testimony and what it means for us. Thank you!

      1. I was wondering if you could help me. We have held 3 annual singles conferences (aside from the monthly fellowships) trying fleshing out what singleness means. I was able to use your material to help participants from other churches think these things through and yet I am still looking for good references. Are there any free online resources you could recommend for me and those I minister to as we think through Biblical singleness? I ask because I don’t have a credit card to make online purchases. I spotted (providentially) a copy of “Match…” from a second hand bookshop.

      2. Hi Oscar, You might try the following Web site: http://www.singlesmall.com. I haven’t checked it out recently, but you might find some helpful ideas/materials there. If you find resources you’d like, you should be able to have a bookstore order them for you – and you pay when they arrive.


  2. Hi Wendy, I found your book “Living Whole Without a Better Half” a few years ago in a little bookstore in Vero Beach. It has been like a devotional guide when I need encouragement and a reminder of God’s unconditional love for me. Last night I googled your name and found the blog. I have just ordered “Match” and cannot wait to read it and share it. Please know that God is spreading His message through you down here in Miami! Blessings, Patty

  3. I have just begun yourTextual Criticism of the Bible and have found it extremely helpful as well as insightful. Thanks for your ministry, learning and writing. Keep it up!


  4. I like your work on “to teach” using cognitive linguistics.
    I would like to know if you know of any dissertation or thesis done on the concept of Beginning in the Hebrew Bible/ aNE using cognitive linguistics or any other method for that matter

    If not, what do you think about pursuing such a study for a dissertation?
    I am currently a PhD student in OT and I am browsing some topics to see what I would want to write on. I am presently doing course work so I am taking a few Directed research/ readings to see what is best for me to pursue.

    1. Thanks, Kenroy. I don’t know of any works on the concept of beginning – but I’m also not up-to-date on the research, I confess. I know John Walton has done some work on bara’ in his Genesis materials – which obviously has a connection to beginning. The topic is worth exploring for viability, but I can’t offer much more than that. Sorry!

      1. Thanks Dr. Really appreciate your response
        John Walton has not said much on “beginning” per se, his focus is on Bara and function. I had to deal with his work in my masters thesis.

        However, I am thinking about “to create” or “to begin. ” I know Prof. Ellen Van Wolde has done extensive work on Bara.
        I will continue to read and see where I get with either or something else

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