If you’ve never heard anything about the background work that’s being done on the New Testament manuscripts, or on the reliability of the NT, or on discoveries of ‘new’ old NT fragments then listen to this!
When I first heard this interview I was moved with gratitude to God! I don’t think I am an over-emotional person but I was moved and inspired by the following:
- Dirk is now one of the world’s leading authorities on the New Testament manuscripts, and he describes his personal journey into textual criticism which came from a common and genuine concern: is the NT reliable?
- I was impressed by the blend of curiosity and clarity, of pursuit and precision, in Dirk’s analysis of the material that ultimately led him to confidence in the trustworthiness of the New Testament
- I was grateful to God that the process of scholarship behind the compilation of the New Testament manuscripts, is governed by such a high level of integrity. We’re not trying to hide or cover up anything. The integrity of the academic discipline behind the New Testament commends itself to the conscience, and caused me to give thanks to God!
OK, so enough with the emotive introduction. I trust you will enjoy this interview with Dirk Jongkind very much.
Dirk is Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language: Fellow of St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge
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