Your favorite Jesus scholar (asks Le Donne)? And Paul?

Anthony Le Donne asks the question, “If you could study under two (and only two) living historical Jesus scholars, who would they be?”

I encourage you to go to Anthony’s blog and comment! 

I think it would interesting to ask the same about the study of Paul…

Any thoughts?

I think I might say (for Paul), if I could spend the weekend at a Pauline seminar, I would want to hear from Beverly Gaventa (where can I pre-pre-order her Romans commentary?) and Richard Hays. When I had originally applied for PhD programs, I wanted to study with Stephen Barton/John Barclay (Durham, where I went), but I also applied to study with Simon Gathercole (then at Aberdeen) and Markus Bockmuehl (then at Cambridge).

It is no surprise, then, that when people ask me where they should go to study Paul, I usually recommend Duke, Princeton, and Durham. Now I add St Andrews because of Wright and Hafemann.

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8 thoughts on “Your favorite Jesus scholar (asks Le Donne)? And Paul?

  1. Barclay and Hays, in that order, though as far as universities go, Durham, NC, has clear advantages over Durham, UK — even though we loved our time at Durham Uni.

    Since Hays is now the dean at Duke Div, is still supervising?

    • John – I don’t know if he is supervising. I am pretty sure he is not dedicating much of his time to doctoral supervision, but I would be surprised if he wasn’t involved at all -what a bummer that would be!

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