Dirk Jongkind

Dirk Jongkind is a Dutch biblical scholar who finished his PhD at Cambridge University. His main scholarly interest is in the Greek text of the Bible and the Graeco-Roman backdrop of Acts and the letters. Currently, he is the Research Fellow in New Testament Text and Language at Tyndale House, Deputy Senior Tutor at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and affiliated lecturer at Cambridge University. He has done much work on Greek manuscripts and other remains from the ancient world.


2018 Forum Sessions

Afternoon Workshops

FOCL Talk 1: The Evidence of the Gospels for the Teaching of Jesus

We have four gospels, and these four gospels are not direct copies of one another. But how can we understand the testimony of these gospels? What is a gospel and how does this help us to gain confidence in what we read? What happened to the teaching of Jesus in the first decades after his death and resurrection?

FOCL Talk 2: Why Only Four Gospels?

Some of the alternative gospels have been known for centuries, others we knew about but were unknown in their actual text, and some other texts have been discovered of which we know very little. Who decided what became part of the New Testament and what was left out? Why don't we have more gospels in the New Testament than the current four? There are some very clear reasons for this and some of these help us to understand better the uniqueness of the Christian message.


The Gospels You Do Not Know: Evaluating the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas

In recent years there has been a surge of interest in the apocryphal gospels, particularly the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Judas. The church, therefore, must be equipped to respond to questions about them and the potential challenges they pose to the historic biblical canon.  In this workshop, the speaker will provide an overview of Thomas and Judas. What portions of the texts do we have? What is in them? How can we contrast the content of authentic and inauthentic biblical texts?


How the Bible Came Together

Our modern Bibles are translated from the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. The first was written over a period of over 1,000 years, the latter within a single generation. These two parts of Scripture have quite different transmission histories, and, as with everything to do with the Bible, there has been plenty of unhelpful speculation. But what does the Bible itself indicate about how it was written? Why do the Old and New Testaments have such different histories, and does this teach us anything about God as the ultimate author of Scripture? Using the Bible (and a bit of common sense), we will learn about how the Word of God came to us after a long history.


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