Manuscripts of the New Testament vs. The Gnostic Gospels from Nag Hammadi
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(Jan 15, 2013)
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Part 2: "Manuscripts of the New Testament vs. The Gnostic Gospels from Nag Hammadi"
This video examines the claims of The Da Vinci Code that since the Gnostic gospels are the oldest, unaltered gospels, they should have been included in the New Testament canon. In this video, Dr. Heiser compares the oldest scriptural texts with the gnostic texts and explains why the New Testament texts are reliable while the gnostic texts aren't. Special attention is paid to the precise dating of New Testament texts, and serves as a primer for all serious students and teachers of the Bible.
Michael S. Heiser, Ph.D. earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Before attending the UW-Madison, Mike earned an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (major fields: Ancient Israel and Egyptology). Mike was hired as the Academic Editor of Logos Bible Software shortly after completing his Ph.D. Before joining Logos, Mike spent twelve years teaching biblical studies, history, and biblical languages on the undergraduate level. As Academic Editor for Logos, Mike is responsible for targeting and evaluating potential data projects for scholarly products, overseeing existing academic projects, and participating in creating academic content for the software. Mike?s main research interests are Israelite religion (especially Israel?s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. He is the author of the science fiction thriller ?The Facade?. Mike is a member of The Evangelical Theological Society, The Society of Biblical Literature, & The Near East Archaeology Society. Mike's Academic Honors include: Scholarship recipient: Wisconsin Society for Jewish Higher Learning (1995, 1996, 1998) The National Dean's List (1996) Selected to: Who's Who Among America's College Teachers (1996) Fellowship recipient: James L Weinstein Fellowship in Hebrew Studies (1995) Scholarship recipient, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Ancient History (1992).
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