An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts – Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor of the Gospel Coalition interviews Dan Wallace, providing a good introduction to the subject of textual criticism and the reliability of the New Testament manuscripts.

An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts – Justin Taylor.  [Editorial note as of April 20, 2014: The original link no longer works; therefore, I’ve supplied a link to the “Wayback Machine” (Internet Archive) version.]

(Source: Stand to Reason)

Introduction to Professor Christopher Rowland

Christopher Rowland (1947 – ) was appointed Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford in 1991.  He is one of the contributors to The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, having covered the topic “Apocalypticism.”  “This comprehensive and authoritative volume is the first reference work devoted exclusively to Second Temple Judaism.”  Second Temple Judaism covers the time from the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th Century B.C. to the early 2nd century A.D.  Apocalypticism, apocalyptic interest, and apocalyptic writing is a characteristic of this period.

The subject of this video clip is not apocalypticism, but it will introduce you to Christopher Rowland.


Professor Craig Keener on the Gospels as Ancient Biographies

Dr. Craig S. Keener is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary.  Here is roughly fifteen minutes of video which has him distinguishing the literary form of ancient from that of modern biography:  Keener post at the Centre for Public Christianity.

HT:  Brian LePort at Near Emmaus

See also this post on Richard Bauckham, a British scholar who has also researched ancient biography as a literary genre.

The gospels are biographies but they are not shaped like the biographies we are used to reading.  These two scholars explain how biographies took different shape in ancient times. They will help you clear away false expectations and see the life of Christ in the gospels more clearly.

Introduction to Martin Hengel

Martin Hengel (1926-2009) was a German New Testament scholar and professor who specialized in the history of Christian origins, and Second Temple Judaism from which Christianity as well as Rabbinical Judaism sprang.  Hengel’s influence on other New Testament scholars – including Larry Hurtado – has been signficant.

Thanks for this goes to Mark Goodacre of Duke who provided his own introduction to Hengel on his NT Blog.

Introduction to Professor Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckman (Wikipedia profile; Theopedia profile) is retired professor of New Testament studies at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland.  As a New Testament scholar, his research interests include Jesus, the Gospels, and early Christianity.

Bauckham’s 2006 book Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony carries this description from Amazon:

This new book argues that the four Gospels are closely based on eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus. Noted New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham challenges the prevailing assumption that the accounts of Jesus circulated as “anonymous community traditions,” asserting instead that they were transmitted in the name of the original eyewitnesses.

Here also is a 2007 review of the book (Another Homerun for Bauckham) from the book’s Amazon web page.  Bauckham’s work is a thoroughly researched explanation of the ancient literature we have in the four gospels.

In this ten-minute video from YouTube, Bauckman outlines what his research has revealed about the historical nature of the gospels.

Introduction to Professor Larry Hurtado

Larry W. Hurtado (Wikipedia profile; Theopedia profile) is professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology at The University of Edinburgh Scotland. His research focus is early Christianity, and particularly early Christian devotion to Jesus.

This soft-spoken American scholar provides significant insight into how quickly after the resurrection the New Testament community regarded Jesus as a divine figure. Contrary to the notion that the worship of Jesus was the result of a long evolutionary process, his work reveals that recognition of Jesus’ superhuman status came with explosive awareness in the aftermath of His resurrection appearances and ascension into heaven.

Professor Hurtado has a blog which carries lists of his work as well as his comments on his subject area of interest. He will even answer questions but he prefers that people read his work before asking. This is understandable since he’d have to take the time to re-type things he’s already written. You can also find video of him on YouTube. Here’s a ten-minute clip that will not only introduce you to his style, but also give you an appreciation of the focus of his work: early devotion to Jesus.