John Currid Contributes to the NIV Study Bible

NIV Study Bible

Later this year, Zondervan will release the “NIV Zondervan Study Bible” which seems to be quite an impressive volume.  D.A. Carson is the editor, and there are over 60 different contributors.

RTS Charlotte’s own Dr. John Currid, the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Old Testament, contributed the portions on 1 and 2 Samuel.

Dr. Currid is the author of numerous other works, including Against the Gods, Crossway ESV Bible Atlas, and commentaries on every book of the Pentateuch (see description at EV Press).  In addition, he is a favorite in the classroom amongst the students at RTS Charlotte.

Here is the description of the …

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Why You Can Trust Your Bible: An Interview with Peter Williams

Peter Williams

I recently saw this interesting interview at TGC with my friend Peter Williams.  Peter is a biblical scholar and the CEO of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England–a study center for evangelical scholars.  I spent my sabbatical at Tyndale House in 2009 and had a delightful time.

Here are the various questions he answers:

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Five Things Every Christian Should be Doing with God’s Word

Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is an amazing Psalm.  Not only is it the longest Psalm (176 verses!), but it is also the Psalm that deals the most directly with the topic of Scripture.  Virtually every verse, in one way or another, refers to God’s Word.

David (who is most likely the author) uses a variety of terminology to describe God’s Word:  commandments, law, statutes, precepts, ordinances, rules, words, testimonies, etc.  These all refer to the Scriptures as they existed in David’s day (essentially the Pentateuch).

Thus, Psalm 119 is one of the best examples of Scripture speaking about Scripture.  It is the Word about the Word.

And in it, we find David …

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Is the Original Text of the New Testament Lost? Rethinking Our Access to the Autographs

Craig Evans

One of the standard challenges for New Testament textual criticism is whether we can work our way back to the original text.  Some scholars are notoriously skeptical in this regard.  Since we only have later copies, it is argued, we cannot be sure that the text was not substantially changed in the time period that pre-dates those copies.

Helmut Koester and Bart Ehrman are examples of this skeptical approach.  Koester has argued that the text of the New Testament in the earliest stages was notoriously unstable. Most major changes, he argues, would have taken place in the first couple centuries.

Ehrman makes a similar case. Since we don’t have the …

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