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Putting Faces with Names

Sometimes it is nice to see the faces of the scholars that have such a big impact on biblical studies. Without connecting a face with a name we often tend to keep some abstract image and conception of the scholars in our minds which can sometimes be overblown or distorted, so it's nice sometimes to know that they are "men (and women) who are just like us" (James 5:17). That makes them more relatable and tangible instead of untouchable and aloof.

I have also been delighted to discover that communicating with such famous scholars is not altogether impossible for the common lay person. Even if you never get the chance to communicate with them in person most are quite willing to correspond with you via email, if you can find their email address (most of them are professors at universities - so the university faculty roster will often include their emails on their website). I have actually seen both of the scholars below in person. I was able to interact briefly, via asking a Q&A question on a microphone, with Ben Witherington after listening to an excellent lecture on the oral, inspired text of the Bible that he gave. I also had the privilege of having lunch with James Hoffmeier and learned that he is a down-to-earth, candid, and intelligent guy overall.

Without further ado:

Name: Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.


The Living Word of God: Rethinking the Theology of the Bible.
2008. Baylor University Press.

Paul’s Letter to the Romans, A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary.
With Darlene Hyatt.

2004. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

The Brother of Jesus. The Dramatic Story and Meaning of the First Archaeological Link
to Jesus & His Family. With Hershel Shanks. 2003. Updated and expanded edition. San Francisco: Harper Publishing Company.

See full bibliography here.

Read more about Ben Witherington on his website here.

Name: James Hoffmeier

James K. Hoffmeier is Professor of Old Testament and Near Eastern Archaeology at Trinity International University, Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). Since 1994, Dr. Hoffmeier has directed the North Sinai Archaeological Project that is devoted to researching and studying Egypt’s frontier during the New Kingdom and how this area may relate to the Israelite exodus from Egypt.


Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (1999)

Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (2005)

The Archaeology of the Bible (2008) - Now I have a signed copy of this book!

Read more about Hoffmeier here and here.

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