Dr. Nancy Cook
What is the main focus of your activities today?
I am currently teaching Middle Eastern Archaeology, Anthropology (Jewish History), the book of Acts, and Luke (this fall) for dual credits at Rejoice Christian High School and Oklahoma Wesleyan University. I also teach every Sunday at church and a chapel speaker at John 3:16 Homeless Mission. In all of these settings, I am teaching the Jewish roots of Christianity. I am currently writing a Gospel of Luke textbook/workbook for high school Bible and church classes. It will be used this fall for all students in 10-12 grades where I teach. It is a running commentary on the “Hebrew Heritage Bible” translation of the Newer Testament by Dr. Brad Young. I cite sources such as Dr. Brad Young, Dr. David Flusser, Yitzhak Buxbaum, Solomon Grayzel, Dr. Marvin Wilson, and others teaching the Jewish roots of the Gospel of Luke. I am also a docent at the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art in Tulsa.
How long have you been doing that?
I have been teaching these subjects at the school for nine years.
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
I have taken groups to Israel in 2014, 2015, and 2018. We had a trip planned for 2020 that was cancelled because of COVID. We hope to have another trip in 2021. I was a guest speaker for the men’s group at the Jewish Federation and taught a continuing education class at the museum. I wrote the curriculum for the archaeology exhibit at the museum.
How did you get to where you are today?
I got to where I am because it was G-d.
What is your “testimony”?
I did not grow up in church. My family had been “church hurt” and didn’t attend. They were Christians. As far back as I can
remember, I always wanted to know more about the history and context of the Bible, but I didn’t really know how to start. In 1985,
my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I prayed for her every day, but in May 1990, she passed away. My dad, my brothers and
I were at the hospital with her when she passed. At the moment when she passed, I was the only person awake in the room. I felt
such a sense of peace. My mom and I had been very close. At her funeral, I was overwhelmed by the presence of the love of G-d. It
was tangible, almost like I could reach out and touch Him-see Him. The love of Yeshua changed my life forever. When I read the
Bible, I saw that Yeshua was Jewish. His people were Jewish. I had to know more about Him and His people. What was He teaching in
context? I had to know. I love Him and I love His people. So, the journey began…and it continues.
What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
G-d is working a miracle in Jewish-Christian relations. What He has done over the last 20-30 years in the context of 2,000 years of
brutal history is nothing short of a miracle.