Top N.T. scholars on campus this week for Greer-Heard

By Marilyn Stewart

An elder in a Baptist Church in Cambridge, England, Simon Gathercole is also a prominent British New Testament scholar. Gathercole leads off the Saturday event of Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum.

Free registration for everyone in the NOBTS family concludes Wed., Feb. 10. Register online at www.greerheard.com. The price at the door is $5 for members of the seminary family.

Michael Bird, lecturer in theology at Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia dialogs with Bart Ehrman, a noted New Testament scholar, in the forum, Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Leavell Chapel.

“How Did Jesus Become God?” was chosen as this year’s forum title as a compromise between Ehrman’s book title How Jesus Became God and the book Bird edited, How God Became Jesus, that were released on the same day two years ago.

“This year the Greer-Heard Forum will focus on the question of when, how, and why the Christians began to worship Jesus as equal to the God of Israel,” said Dr. Robert Stewart, director.

Gathercole specializes in the connections between the New Testament and literature contemporaneous with it, Christology, the doctrine of the atonement, and other topics.

Larry Hurtado, an internationally renowned New Testament scholar and emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, is also among the second-day speakers. Hurtado is considered an expert in the Gospels, early Christology and the Jewish background of the New Testament.

“We will have 6 of the world’s top New Testament scholars at NOBTS,” Stewart said. “I can’t imagine any reason for someone interested in Jesus, or theology, or in ministry to miss this opportunity.”

The Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum will be livestreamed. Go to www.greerheard.com to view.

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