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, my wife and I moved on to pursue graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (1988-1996) with a focus 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) and also served as the administrator for an extension center of Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1988-91). Upon completing my Ph.D., we were 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. I also appreciate the sense of mission, purpose, and commitment that unites the faculty I serve with here at Multnomah.


Much of my research has been in the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible). My primary focus has been on the Greek text of Job which exhibits frequent, and sometimes extensive, divergences from our modern translations of the book. The dynamic style used by the translator often discloses what he and his religious community considered to be implicit in the text — insights that would not be revealed in a more literal translation.

I have also spent years studying Hebrew language and literature. During that time, I have developed a highly effective approach to teaching Hebrew that has been deeply appreciated by students. Over the last few years I have been capturing this in print with the production of my new grammar for teaching Biblical Hebrew.

  • The Old Greek of Job: Exegesis in the Intertestamental Period (Forthcoming Eisenbrauns).
  • "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.

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 and currently serve as the head instructor of Portland Hwa Rang Do. I am excited to be part of raising up a new generation of individuals who are committed not only to excellence in martial arts, but also who continue to develop in every facet of life and have a positive impact on the world around them.


In all of my passions, interests, and hobbies, I would be lost without the support of my beautiful wife, Laurie. She has been an integral part of my life and ministry since I graduated from Multnomah. I am immensely grateful for her companionship and support.