Across the Spectrum of New Testament Studies: Introductory Post (Skinner)

Across the SpectrumNijay and I are currently co-authoring a book for Baker Academic that is tentatively titled, Across the Spectrum: Understanding the Key Issues in New Testament Studies (forthcoming 2017). The book is intended to be a broad coverage of the spectrum of views on major issues in NT research and is aimed at upper-level undergraduate and divinity school audiences. In recent months I have been weighed down with completing several other projects but now I am in a position to turn my attention to this project. We have discussed the merit of blogging through our thoughts, ideas, musings, and revelations as we work through the chapters on this book. So consider this post an introduction to our task, a “heads-up,” and most of all an invitation. In coming months, if you see posts with the title, “Across the Spectrum…..,” we will be talking about issues related to the book. In those cases, PLEASE feel the freedom to weigh in on the conversation. We want this, above all, to be useful for students and non-specialists and our interactions with you will help us sharpen our thinking and writing. Thanks in advance!


Simon Gathercole on Luke and Thomas

The most recent issue of New Testament Studies contains an article written by Simon Gathercole on the relationship between Luke and the Gospel of Thomas. Gathercole examines the views of Greg Riley and Steven Johnson, that certain awkward phrases and concepts in Luke show evidence of reliance upon Thomas. He provides a helpful critique along with his own position that Thomas knew Luke, but Lukan influence upon Thomas is “very probably indirect” (p. 143).

(To read the other side, see Gregory J. Riley, “Influence of Thomas Christianity on Luke 12:14 and 5:39,” HTR 88 [1995]: 229-35; and Steven R. Johnson, “The Hidden/Revealed Saying in the Greek and Coptic Versions of Gos. Thom. 5 & 6,” NovT 44 [2002]: 176-85; idem, “The Gospel of Thomas 76.3 and Canonical Parallels: Three Segments in the Tradition History of the Saying,” in John D. Turner and Anne McGuire, eds., The Nag Hammadi Library After Fifty Years: Proceedings of the 1995 Society of Biblical Literature Commemoration [NHMS 44; Leiden: Brill, 1997], 308-25; idem,  Seeking the Imperishable Treasure: Wealth, Wisdom, and a Jesus Saying [Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2008]).