Put on your Indiana Jones Hat: Dr. John Currid Leads RTS Trip to Israel

Indiana Jones

One of my favorite films of all-time is Raiders of the Lost Ark.  In addition to being one of the first of many modern “adventure” films, it raises intriguing issues regarding history and the Bible.  Can we find remnants of the biblical stories in the sands of the Middle East even still today?  Are there treasures of the ancient past just waiting to be discovered?

My interest in archaeological issues is why (some of) my research has focused on ancient biblical manuscripts. This field of study presents an opportunity not only to read ancient biblical texts, but also to touch them.  It brings to life the lost world of …

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A Response to David Parker’s Review of The Early Text of the New Testament

EarlyText-cover

In late 2012, Oxford University Press released our co-edited volume, The Early Text of the New Testament (ETNT), a collection of essays from 22 leading scholars in the world of textual criticism. It is gratifying to have David Parker’s review of ETNT (JTS 64 [2013]: 642-645) so relatively soon after publication, yet disappointing that most of the criticisms in his short review seem to have mistaken both the aims and the scope of the book.  Here we would like to offer a brief response to some of his comments.

Parker’s criticism can be divided into three main categories: (a) the scope of the project, (b) the nature …

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Bible Secrets Revealed? A Response to the New History Channel Series (Part 1)

Bible Secrets Revealed

This past week, the History Channel premiered a new series on the Bible entitled, Bible Secrets Revealed.  The first full episode was called Lost in Translation, and can be viewed here.

Now, let me say that I really do enjoy documentaries on the Bible.  They are usually done with very high quality, contain interviews of some of the world’s top scholars, and often raising intriguing and important questions.  But, there are also dangers.  Such documentaries run the risk of being overly sensationalistic, one-sided, and ultimately misleading.

Unfortunately, this new documentary from the History Channel tends to falter at precisely these points.  While there are many positives–great production …

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“The Question of Canon” Now Available

Question of Canon

I was just informed by IVP-Academic that my book, The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate, is now out and available for purchase (see here).  This was a bit of a surprise because I haven’t received my own copy yet!  But, I am glad to know it is out.

Here is the description of the book:

Unlike many books on the New Testament canon, this book does not seek to explain why these books and no others. It asks the questions: Why is there a NT at all? Was the notion of a canon of literature out of sync with the earliest

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