Kirk E. Lowery (MDiv, Talbot Graduate School of Theology; MA, PhD University of California, Los Angeles) is President and Senior Research Fellow of the J. Alan Groves Center for Advanced Biblical Research. He is also Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary teaching doctoral seminars in Advanced Hebrew Syntax, Text Linguistics of Biblical Hebrew and ancient near eastern languages such as Aramaic and Ugaritic. His research interests include the intersection of information technology with biblical studies, as well as general and computational linguistics.
The Groves Center produces the Westminster Hebrew Morphology, used by most Bible software that offer access to the original text. He is also a former Chair of the Computer Assisted Research Group (CARG) of the Society of Biblical Literature, and is one of the moderators of the B-Hebrew Internet discussion forum.
Kirk Lowery’s academic career began in the late 1970s correcting hardcopy printout of a Syriac chrestomathy stored on punchcards. His graduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., Ph.D.) included proofreading of the book of Judges for the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) effort to create the electronic version of Biblia Hebraica Stuttargtensia under the direction of H. Van Parunak. His dissertation, Toward a Discourse Grammar of Biblical Hebrew, includes the first published algorithm for the determination of clause boundaries in Hebrew and raised the question of the adequacy of traditional Hebrew grammatical categories and notions in a computational world. It was also among the first to be printed at UCLA by a room-sized laser printer, using bitmaps of Hebrew characters created in consultation with the Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Lowery taught and lived in Eastern Europe for fifteen years, including eight years as Professor of Old Testament for the Baptist Theological Seminary in Budapest. He is fluent in German and Hungarian. In 1998 he joined the staff of Westminster Theological Seminary as Associate Director of the Westminster Hebrew Institute working together with Prof. Alan Groves. In 2002 he assumed responsibilities as Director of the Institute until the Groves Center was incorporated as an independent non-profit corporation in 2009.
Dr. Lowery is married to Jean, and they have one son, Kevin, who is pursuing a masters degree (music performance, violoncello) at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Lowery’s personal interests include the active study of the oboe and he is a licensed Amateur Radio operator (call sign: KB3TLA).