James R. Edwards
|James R. Edwards|
|Occupation||New Testament scholar|
|Title||Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology|
|Awards||Templeton Grant in Science and Religion (1996); recipient of Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst Award (1993)|
|Education||Whitworth University, Princeton Theological Seminary, University of Zürich, University of Tübingen|
|Alma mater||Fuller Theological Seminary (PhD)|
|Sub discipline||NT studies|
|Notable works||The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition (2009)|
In 1997 he joined the faculty at Whitworth University, Spokane where he is currently Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology.
The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition
In 2009 he advanced a controversial theory that the synoptic Gospels are partly dependent on the "Hebrew Gospel" which includes Gospel of the Hebrews, a syncretic Jewish–Christian text believed by most scholars to have been composed in Koine Greek, the Hebrew Gospel hypothesis of Lessing and others, and traditions of a writing of Matthew's supposed to have been written by him “in the Hebrew language” (Papias) and Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, 1385, a rabbinical translation of Matthew's gospel. Edwards argues that patristic citations from "the Hebrew Gospel" correlate more distinctly and repeatedly with sections called "Special Luke" in Gospel of Luke than with either Gospel of Matthew or Gospel of Mark.
Two separate reviews were published by the Society of Biblical Literature.
- Edwards, James R. (1992). Romans. NIBC. 6. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson. ISBN 978-0-943-57534-6. OCLC 24546901.
- ——— (2001). The Gospel According to Mark. PNTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-3734-9.
- ——— (2003). Romans. New Interpreter's Study Bible. Abingdon.
- ——— (2005). Hebrews. Renovare Study Bible. Harper.
- ——— (2015). The Gospel According to Luke. PNTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-3735-6.
- ——— (2012). Romans. Understanding the Bible (Reissue of the 1992 Hendrickson title ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books. ISBN 978-0801046155.
- ———; Knight, George W., eds. (1987). The Layman's Overview of the Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. ISBN 978-0-840-77560-3. OCLC 15164774.
- ——— (1989). A response to A theological understanding of the relationship between Christians and Jews. Colorado Springs, CO: First Presbyterian Church. OCLC 892924623.
- ——— (2000). The Divine Intruder. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress. ISBN 978-1-576-83201-1. OCLC 43296776.
- ———; Knight, George W., eds. (2004). Compact Bible Handbook. Nelson's Compact Series. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. ISBN 978-0-785-25246-7. OCLC 276406036.
- ——— (2005). Is Jesus the Only Savior?. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-80981-0. OCLC 57531370.
- ——— (2009). The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-86234-1. OCLC 368048433.
- ——— (1994). "The Authority of Jesus in The Gospel of Mark". Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. 37 (2): 217–233.
- ——— (Autumn 2004). "The Servant of the Lord and the Gospel of Mark". Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. 8 (3): 36–49.
- ——— (2011). "Galatians 5:12: circumcision, the Mother Goddess, and the scandal of the cross". Novum Testamentum. 53 (4): 319–337.
- Academic homepage and biography
- The Whitworthian Monday, November 23, 2009 "Professor's book 'controversial' - News "Edwards said the Hebrew Gospel has remained largely unstudied in the theological world and, in his opinion, has been scandalously overlooked. "Most scholars don't know much about the Hebrew gospel and many deny that it existed," he said. Throughout history, Edwards said, Christians have been hesitant to accept a Hebrew ancestor to the gospels. The theory of the Hebrew Gospel is still unpopular with many in the theological world. Though no copies of the Hebrew Gospel are known to exist, Edwards' research and study of ancient manuscripts has convinced him to believe unwaveringly that it once did. "We know [the Hebrew Gospel] did exist because it was referred to about 100 times in the first nine centuries of Christianity," he said."
- The Whitworthian FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 Whitworth professor of theology releases groundbreaking new book about the gospels - James Edwards challenges long-held "Q hypothesis," asserts existence of a Hebrew gospel
- Dallas Theological Seminary review
- James R. Edwards - The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition 2009 "In Chapters Two and Three I attempt to show that when the fathers actually quote from the Hebrew Gospel the quotations correlate more distinctly and repeatedly with Special Luke than with either Matthew or Mark. The fourth chapter shifts from a survey of the patristic tradition to a detailed discussion of Lukan Semitisms in which the above thesis is argued on the dual basis of philological evidence in Luke and the testimony of the prologue."
- SBL Timothy A. Friedrichsen
- SBL James P. Sweeney