Exploring the Origins of the New Testament Canon and Other Biblical and Theological Issues

κανών, kanōn: rule or standard; collection of biblical books.

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One of the Most Overlooked Arguments for the Resurrection

Well, soon it will be Easter. That wonderful time of the year when we remember (and celebrate) the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But, not all will be celebrating. There are many that find Easter to be a senseless holiday—apart from, perhaps, the joys of Sunday brunch or chocolate eggs. After all, it is...

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Ancient Manuscripts

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Esther, and the Argument from Silence

When we want to know how the New Testament canon developed, we have a number of sources at our disposal. Most fundamentally, we have patristic sources—the writings of the church fathers—which can show us when books were known, read, and cited. We also have archaeological evidence at our disposal. We continue to find manuscripts of...

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Announcing My New Book with Oxford University Press

And an Update on Other Academic Projects

Since this blog is primarily designed to put out lay-level content on the origins of the New Testament (among other issues), I don’t normally talk about the more technical scholarly projects I am working on behind the scenes. So, here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to academically. 1. First, I am pleased...

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Gospels

One of the Most Overlooked Arguments for the Resurrection

Well, soon it will be Easter. That wonderful time of the year when we remember (and celebrate) the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. But, not all will be celebrating. There are many that find Easter to be a senseless holiday—apart from, perhaps, the joys of Sunday brunch or chocolate eggs. After all, it is...

March 28, 2024

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Ancient Manuscripts

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Esther, and the Argument from Silence

When we want to know how the New Testament canon developed, we have a number of sources at our disposal. Most fundamentally, we have patristic sources—the writings of the church fathers—which can show us when books were known, read, and cited. We also have archaeological evidence at our disposal. We continue to find manuscripts of...

March 25, 2024

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Ancient Manuscripts

Announcing My New Book with Oxford University Press

And an Update on Other Academic Projects

Since this blog is primarily designed to put out lay-level content on the origins of the New Testament (among other issues), I don’t normally talk about the more technical scholarly projects I am working on behind the scenes. So, here’s a little update on what I’ve been up to academically. 1. First, I am pleased...

March 18, 2024

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Ancient Manuscripts

One of the Core Markers of Early Christian Identity

One of the most notable features of early Christianity is that it was a religion concerned with books. Particularly, scriptural books. As Margaret Mitchell observed, “Christianity was a religious movement with texts at its very heart and soul, in its background and foreground. Its communities were characterized by a pervading, even obsessive preoccupation with and...

February 19, 2024

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Is the Book of James Really ‘An Epistle of Straw’?

We have a lot of books in our New Testament. All of them, we believe, are divinely inspired. And yet we don’t spend equal amounts of time reading them. For most of us, our reading pattern is profoundly lopsided, focusing mostly on Paul (especially Romans and Galatians) and the Gospels (with John leading the way)....

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Michael J. Kruger

Welcome to the website of Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

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How to Prevent Pastoral Burnout and Promote Healthy Church Culture

Michael Kruger and Dan Doriani discuss the signs and dangers of pastoral burnout, the importance of accountability in church structures to protect God’s people, and ways to support and heal communities affected by spiritual abuse.

How to Face Apparent Contradictions in the Gospels

In this article for The Gospel Coalition, Dr. Michael Kruger explores how to face apparent contradictions in the Gospels, specifically the census account in Luke 2.

Hope in Doubt: How to Face Our Own Questions about the Faith in a Skeptical Age

Dr. Kruger explores the role of doubt in the Christian life, what causes people to doubt, and how we can fight against it.

A Wonderful New Book on Parenting Teens

One of the Most Overlooked Arguments for the Resurrection

The Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Esther, and the Argument from Silence

Announcing My New Book with Oxford University Press

One of the Core Markers of Early Christian Identity

One of the Most Important Ministry Skills That Nobody Talks About

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Bully Pulpit: Confronting the Problem of Spiritual Abuse in the Church

Are churches looking for the wrong kind of leaders? The last decade has witnessed a rising number of churches wrecked by spiritual abuse–harsh, heavy-handed, domineering behavior from those in a position of spiritual authority. And high-profile cases are only a small portion of this widespread problem. Behind the scenes are many more cases of spiritual abuse that we will never hear about. Victims suffer in silence, not knowing where to turn.

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5 Things to Pray for Your Spouse: Prayers That Change and Strengthen Your Marriage

A happy and healthy marriage is one of God’s sweetest gifts to us. And one of the best ways to nurture that is through the power of prayer. This guide will help you to pray bold, Scripture-based prayers for your husband or wife that will strengthen and enrich your marriage. It covers 21 prayer themes, with each one including five prayer prompts from a particular passage of Scripture. You’ll be equipped to pray deep and effective prayers for your spouse’s character and spiritual walk, for your life together as a couple and through challenging seasons.

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Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College

For many young adults, the college years are an exciting period of self discovery full of new relationships, new independence, and new experiences. Yet college can also be a time of personal testing and intense questioning― especially for Christian students confronted with various challenges to Christianity and the Bible for the first time. Drawing on years of experience as a biblical scholar, Michael Kruger addresses common objections to the Christian faith―the exclusivity of Christianity, Christian intolerance, homosexuality, hell, the problem of evil, science, miracles, and the reliability of the Bible.

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