Having studied at Yale and University of Toronto among other institutions, Dr. Randall Heskett is an integrator, who has drawn from his education in counseling, art, nutrition, exercise physiology, ancient Near Eastern languages, Bible, theology, spirituality, wine, and life experiences as an athlete and award winning artist/potter. He has taught at University of Toronto, Queen’s University, McMaster University, United Theological Seminary, Denver Seminary, and Central Buganda University in Uganda. Now President of Boulder University, Randall’s lecture repertoire includes such topics as Bible, theology, wholeness, and even wine. He has published several books:
Messianism within the Scriptural Scroll of Isaiah, Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol. 456, (New York: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2007).
Co-edited with Brian Irwin, The Bible as a Human Witness to Divine Revelation: Hearing the Word of God Through Historically Dissimilar Traditions, Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, Vol. 445 (T & T Clark International, 2010).
Proverbs, Bible Briefs Series (Virginia Theological Seminary, 2010).
Reading the Book of Isaiah: Destruction and Lament in the Holy Cities (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).
Awaiting publication: The Road to Wholeness: Assessing, Treating, and Healing the Whole Person at the End of the Modern Age responds to the limits of modernity through addressing the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of wholeness and beyond.
In his expansive interests, Randall seeks to address the larger questions of whole-person-centered living and tries to keep this central to lifestyle and scholarship. He balances his life with proper nutrition, working out, running, cycling and swimming daily, while also enjoying and rigorously studying about wine. A renaissance man, he is a carpenter and has reawakened his talents in pottery and painting, even most recently teaching courses in ceramics. In the greater scheme of life, Randall has found wine to be one of the great conveyors of both wisdom and folly. He reveres the words of Guigo the Carthusian, who conveys in his The Latter of Monk, how reading the scriptures leads to contemplation by using the metaphor of chewing on a grape: grape juice is sweet at first and then becomes wine; the sweetness is transformed into holy inebriation.