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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.

 

 

Workshops


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.

 

When Leaders Should Not Be Nice

Within the Christian world, the tension between when to speak out against false ideas and the people who bring them and when to tolerate diversity of opinion and accept other viewpoints is one of the trickiest problems in day-to-day church life. This very practical issue appears in each letter in the New Testament, in different forms and in different contexts. Depending on the ‘culture’ within our organisation or denomination, we may address differences with fierce words or soothing love. The only way in which to develop the right instincts is to absorb the Biblical role models. In the current context of the European church, with a widening gap between public morals and Christ-like behaviour, the letter of Jude provides us with an example of an inspired response to differences within the church.

 

 

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