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Timothy Senapatiratne

Job Titles

  • Reference Librarian
    Bethel University
  • Faculty
    Doctor of Ministry, Bethel Seminary
    Ministry (M.A.), Bethel Seminary

Started at Bethel



  • Marquette University - Ph.D. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in Hebrew Bible, 2008
  • University of Southern Mississippi - Masters in Library and Information Science, 2013
  • Bethel Seminary - Master of Arts in Christian Thought, 2000

Research interests

Currently, I have focused my research on three separate, but interrelated areas. First, I have focused my research on the Hebrew Bible with a special emphasis on Wisdom Literature. I am particularly interested in how Biblical Wisdom Literature borrows from other wisdom traditions within the Ancient Near East. Second, I am also interested in understanding how our own personal hermeneutics impact the reading of Scripture. I am particularly interested in Asian and Asian American hermeneutical approaches to the Bible. Finally, I continue to work on understanding the role that methodological choices and methods impact research outcomes primarily, but not exclusively, in the areas of citation analysis and information science.


I live in Blaine, MN a suburb of Minneapolis with my wife, Amy, and our four children.  In my little spare time I enjoy working on a very slow remodeling of our house and also, in the short Minnesota summer, doing some gardening.

Courses Taught

In the Doctor of Ministry program I co-teach GS801 Integral Research and also serve as the Library Technical Reader for all Doctor of Ministry theses.  I also teach a variety of Hebrew Bible courses both at the Seminary at the Master's level and occasionally at Bethel's College of Arts and Sciences.


American Library Association Spectrum Scholar, 2011


Published Articles:

With Jenifer Gundry and Garrett Trott. “Citation Analysis and its Potential in Theological Libraries.”  Theological Librarianship 8:2 (2015), 16-21.

“A Pneumatological Addition to N.T. Wright’s Hermeneutic Done in the Pentecostal Tradition.” In Pentecostal Theology and the Theological Vision of N.T. Wright: A Conversation. Edited by Janet Meyer Everts and Jeffrey Lamp. CPT Press, 2015.

“A Citation Analysis of Ecclesiastes Scholarship: A Test Case Using Citation Analysis in Biblical Studies.” ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion. Volume 4 (2014).

“A Sri Lankan Reading of the Frame of Ecclesiastes informed by Buddhist Texts.” Dharma Deepika. Issue 39: Volume 18, number 1. January – June 2014.

Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Tremper Longman and Mark Strauss editors.  Baker Books, 2014. 140 articles.

"Reference Ethics: Theological Librarianship in Conversation with ALA Reference Ethics Guidelines". Journal of Religious & Theological Information. (2013) 12, no. 1-2: 2-12.

“The Assemblies of God: A Bibliographic Essay.”  Theological Librarianship 4.1 (June 2011): 54-58.

“The ‘Pentecostalization’ of the World”: Race, Theology and the Classical Tradition.” Written with David Mowers.  Princeton Theological Review 15 (2009).

Published Book Reviews:

Review of Travis Scholl’s Walking the Labyrinth: A Place to Pray and Seek God for Catholic Library World 85:3 (2015): 200.

Review of Richard J. Bautch and J. Todd Hibbard’s The Book of Isaiah: Enduring Questions Answered Anew for Catholic Library World 85:3 (2015): 183-184.

Review of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation for Theological Librarianship 7:2 (2014): 62-63.

Review of Barry L. Callen’s Beneath the Surface: Reclaiming the Old Testament for Today's Christian in Religious Studies Review 39 (2013): 80.

Review of Alan P. Ross’s Recalling the Hope of Glory: Biblical Worship from the Garden to the New Creation for The Toronto Journal of Theology 24 (2008): 114-5.

Review of T. A. Perry’s God’s Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 8 (2008).

Review of Wayne Grudem and Vern Poythress’s The TNIV and the Gender Neutral Bible Controversy for The Journal of Theological and Religious Information 7 (2005): 116-8.


Guest lecture. “Theological Librarianship.” College of St. Catherines. Advanced Reference Class. April 22, 2015

Guest lectures on Wisdom Literature at First Covenant Church, River Falls, WI. November  and December, 2014.

“A Citation Analysis of Ecclesiastes Scholarship: A Test Case Using Citation Analysis in Biblical Studies.” Paper given at the Fourth Annual International Conference on Information and Religion in June 2014.

 “Luke’s, not Peter’s, use of Joel in Acts 2: An Intertextual Analysis of Luke’s Theology in Acts 2.”  Paper given at the Society of Pentecostal Studies annual meeting in March 2010.

 Guest lectures on Biblical Archaeology at First Covenant Church, River Falls, WI. November 28 and December 5, 2010.

A Pentecostal and Wesleyan approach to Genesis 1 and 2 in Light of Critical Pentateuchal Source Theory.  Paper given at the Society of Pentecostal Studies annual meeting in March 2008.