Dr. Karl Kutz

Karl Kutz
Dr. Karl Kutz B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
  • Biblical Languages Chair
  • Professor Biblical Languages and Bible



B.S. - Multnomah University; M.A. - University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Favorite Quote

"His grief he will not forget, but it will no longer darken his heart, it will teach him wisdom." —J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Where I come from

I was born and raised in rural Montana and grew up in a Christian home with a rich family heritage of pastoral ministry and missions. After high school, I had planned on attending Multnomah for only one year to get some biblical training before pursuing a degree in engineering. But God had other plans and it soon became apparent that Multnomah was where I was supposed to be.

Education and ministry

After attending Multnomah (1980-83), I returned back to Montana and served as an associate pastor for several years (1985-87). As my interest in teaching grew, I moved on to pursue graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (1988-1996) in Hebrew and Semitic languages with a minor in Classical Greek. During that time, I was heavily involved in leading the college ministry at a large church in the Madison area (1988-93). Upon completing my Ph.D., I was invited to return to Multnomah and join the teaching faculty.

Why I teach at Multnomah

I love teaching at Multnomah because of the balanced emphasis it places on both academic study and mentoring. The interaction I have with students allows me to have an impact in their lives that far exceeds the confines of the classroom.


My early research was in the Septuagint (particularly the book of Job) and the ways in which this Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible reflects the interpretation of the biblical text during the Intertestamental Period. However, much of my time has been devoted to refining the instruction of Hebrew language and literature in the classroom. One product of that research is the forthcoming Kutz-Josberger Hebrew Grammar that has proven highly in teaching and has been deeply appreciated by students. Other areas of research include several Dead Sea Scroll fragments and work on Isaiah and Job.

  • "Characterization in the Old Greek of Job." In Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients: Essays Offered to Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Edited by Ronald Troxel, Kelvin Friebel, and Dennis Magary. Eisenbrauns, 2005.
  • Publication of three Dead Sea Scroll fragments in Dead Sea Scroll Fragments in the Museum Collection, Emanuel Tov, Kipp Davis, and Robert Duke, eds., Brill Publishers, 2016.
  • Kutz-Josberger. Hebrew Grammar (forthcoming)

Extra-curricular activities

One of my primary interests and hobbies is in martial arts. Since 1995, I have trained in the Korean art of Hwa Rang Do.