Following is a comprehensive list of the historical experts I used and have used in the past for supporting the August 2016 post “Origins and Orthodoxy” as well as several other related posts.
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Metzger, Bruce M. — was an American biblical scholar and textual critic who was a longtime professor at Princeton Theological Seminary and Bible editor who served on the board of the American Bible Society and United Bible Societies. He was a scholar of Greek, New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism, and wrote prolifically on these subjects. Metzger is widely considered one of the most influential New Testament scholars of the 20th century. Much of his written work is used for the post.
Constantelos, Demetrios J. — is a researcher in Byzantology and a professor emeritus of history and religious studies at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ. He was born in Spilia, Messenia, Greece. He was ordained a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1955 and earned a PhD in Byzantine Civilization at Rutgers University in 1965.
Connolly, James M. — was a former professor of liturgy at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, Yonkers, New York, and the Redemptorist Seminary in Esopus, NY. He is the author of Human History and the Word of God. – no photo
Dasserville, Armand, O.F.M., Cap. — devoted his career to teaching and writing about Francis of Assisi and related topics. He worked extensively with Secular (Third Order) Franciscans. – no photo
Dubansky, Mindell — is the head of Preservation/Conservation Unit of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She has written and YouTubed about and taught bookbinding and papermaking.
Ehrman, Bart D. — is an American New Testament scholar, currently the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is one of North America’s leading scholars in his field, having written and edited 30 books, including three college textbooks. He has also achieved acclaim at the popular level, authoring five New York Times bestsellers. Ehrman’s work focuses on textual criticism of the New Testament, the historical Jesus, and the development of early Christianity.
Eisenman, Robert — is an American biblical scholar, theoretical writer, historian, archaeologist, and “road” poet. A graduate of Cornell University (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), Columbia University (Ph.D.), he is currently Professor of Middle East Religions, Archaeology, and Islamic Law and director of the Institute for the Study of Judaeo-Christian Origins at California State University in Long Beach. He has published James the Brother of Jesus, also Maccabees, Zadokites, Christians, and Qumran: A New Hypothesis Of Qumran Origins, and Dead Sea Scrolls & The First Christians, and The New Testament Code: The Cup of the Lord, the Damascus Covenant, and the Blood of Christ, among others.
Fletcher, H.G. — is the Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. He is an accomplished lecturer and has written extensively on early printing, including Gutenberg and the Genesis of Printing (the catelog for one of the many exhibitions he has mounted) and New Aldine Studies: Documentary essays on the life and work of Aldus Pius Manutius. – no photo
Freedman, David N. — son of the writer David Freedman, was a biblical scholar, author, editor, archaeologist, and, after his conversion from Judaism, a Presbyterian minister. He was a lecturer and professor of Hebrew and the Old Testament at museums, seminaries, and universities since 1946. He was a professor holding an endowed chair in Hebrew biblical studies at the University of California in San Diego, and was Editor-in-chief of the Anchor Bible Project. His numerous books include Archaeology of the Bible: Book by Book. He was one of the first Americans to work on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Graf, David F. — received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. A historian who specializes in the Roman Near East, is a professor of history at the University of Miami. He is an ancient historian and archeologist specializing in the Greco-Roman world in the Levant and Arabia, Co-editor of the multi-volume Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992), and is the author of Rome and Its Arabian Frontier from the Nabataeans to the Saracens (1997) and more than 100 scholarly articles.
Hall, David D. — a graduate of Harvard and Yale Universities he is an American historian, and was Bartlett Professor of New England Church History, at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of Worlds of Wonder, Days of Judgement: Popular Religious Belief in Early New England. – no photo
Jensen, Robin M. — earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University and is Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Trained in both the history of art and the history of Christian doctrine and liturgy, Jensen’s teaching and research explores the intersections among Christian theology, liturgical practice, and material/visual culture. Her recent publications and books include The Art of Empire: Christian Art in its Imperial Context, Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Beliefs, and Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity, among others.
Marcus, David — is a lecturer and professor of Bible and Masorahat at The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC, teaching courses in Bible and ancient languages, including Babylonian Aramaic and biblical Hebrew. His area of expertise is the Bible and the ancient Near East. He chaired the Hebrew Bible seminar of Columbia University and has written From Balaam to Jonah: Anti-Prophetic Satire in the Hebrew Bible, Jephthah and His Vow, and most recently Scribal Wit: The Aramaic Mnemonics of the Leningrad Codex.
Nida, Eugene A. — was a linguist who developed the dynamic-equivalence Bible-translation theory and one of the founders of the modern discipline of Translation Studies. He was the executive secretary of translations of the American Bible Society from 1943 to 1980 and the coordinator of research in translations of the United Bible Societies from 1970 to 1980. Among his many books are God’s Word in Man’s Language and Translator’s Handbooks of various Books of the Bible. He was also the co-editor of the Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament. – no photo
Robinson, Thomas L. — a former professor of biblical studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Harvard Divinity School. He wrote The Bible Timeline, co-authored A Guide to Greek Syntax, and was script consultant to A.D., a television miniseries. – no photo
Sarna, Jonathan D. — is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts and director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. He wrote American Judaism: A History, is co-author of “Jewish Bible Scholarship and Translations in the United States” in The Bible and Bibles in America, and author of When Jews Were Bible Experts, in Moment magazine October 1995.
Shriver, Frederick H. — is professor of Church History at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He has lectured and written numerous articles and reviews on the Reformation, church councils and decisions, and in particular the English Reformation. – no photo
Tabor, James D. — earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is the author of Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity, The Jesus Dynasty: A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity, and A Noble Death: Suicide and Martyrdom Among Christians and Jews in Antiquity, among other books.
Voelkle, William M. — is Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City. He has written Masterpieces of Medieval Painting: The Art of Illumination, Italian Manuscript Painting 1300-1500, and numerous articles related to medieval manuscripts and illumination. His insights offer how medieval and renaissance imagery influence today’s various bible readers. – no photo
Zuckerman, Bruce E. — earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his Ph.D. at Yale University. He is a Professor in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California, where he teaches courses in the Hebrew Bible, the Bible in Western Literature, the Ancient Near East, and Archaeology. He directs the USC Archaeological Research Center and both the West Semitic Research and InscriptiFact Projects. He was also senior editor and publisher of Maarav, A Journal for the Study of the Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures. His writings include Job the Silent: A Study in Historical Counterpoint, and Double Takes: Thinking & Rethinking Issues of Modern Judaism in Ancient Contexts.
Stephenson, Paul — he is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Durham and a specialist in the early and middle Byzantine periods. His publications include The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-slayer (2003) and Byzantium’s Balkan Frontier: A Political Study of the Northern Balkans, 900-1204 (2000), both for Cambridge University Press. Stephenson has researched and taught in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA. Stephenson authored the acclaimed, Constantine: Unconquered Emperor, Christian Victor…
Constantine is a masterly survey of the life and enduring legacy of the greatest and most unjustly ignored of the later Roman emperors – from a richly gifted young British historian. In 312, Constantine – one of four Roman emperors ruling a divided empire – marched on Rome to establish his sole control of its western half. Having claimed the imperial capital for himself, he then converted to Christianity and led its emergence from the shadows, its adherents no longer persecuted. Constantine founded Constantinople on the site of the ancient trading colony of Byzantium, a new Christian capital set apart from Rome’s pagan past. Thereafter the Christian Roman Empire endured in the East as Byzantium, while Rome itself fell to the barbarian hordes in AD 476. Paul Stephenson offers a nuanced and deeply satisfying account of a man whose cultural and spiritual renewal of the Roman Empire gave birth to the historically crucial idea of a unified Christian Europe. In Constantine, a seminal figure in the political and cultural history of the West has at last found the biographer he deserves.
Beard, Mary — She is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Newnham College, and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of ancient literature. She is also the classics editor of The Times Literary Supplement, and author of the blog, “A Don’s Life”, which appears in The Times as a regular column. Her frequent media appearances and sometimes controversial public statements have led to her being described as “Britain’s best-known classicist”. On her work SPQR:
In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome “with passion and without technical jargon” and demonstrates how “a slightly shabby Iron Age village” rose to become the “undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean” (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating “the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life” (Economist) in a way that makes “your hair stand on end” (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this “highly informative, highly readable” (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come. — Amazon.com
Wroe, Ann — a doctoral graduate of Oxford University (1975), England, she is the author of six books and co-author, with the late Keith Colquhoun, of The Economist Book of Obituaries, published by Profile in 2008 and authored the prize-winning Pontius Pilate: The Biography of an Invented Man. Publishers Weekly writes:
Wroe takes current trends in the genre of biography one step further in this eloquent yet frustrating book, offering a reconstructed life of the Roman official who, by ordering the execution of Jesus of Nazareth but otherwise serving with little distinction, managed to become simultaneously famous and obscure.
Wroe is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association.
Pliny the Younger — Providing a series of fascinating views of Imperial Rome, The Letters of the Younger Pliny also offer one of the fullest self-portraits to survive from classical times. Pliny’s lively and very personal letters address an astonishing range of topics, from a deeply moving account of his uncle’s death in the eruption that engulfed Pompeii, to observations on the early Christians—”a desperate sort of cult carried to extravagant lengths“—from descriptions of everyday life in Rome, with its scandals and court cases, to Pliny’s life in the country.
Pelikan, Jaroslav J. — was a scholar of the history of Christianity, Christian theology and medieval intellectual history at Yale University. On Jesus Through the Centuries…
One of the most highly regarded works of intellectual history of the past decade, Jesus Through the Centuries is an original and compelling study of the impact of Jesus on cultural, political, social, and economic history. Noted historian and theologian Jaroslav Pelikan reveals how the image of Jesus created by each successive epoch—from rabbi in the first century to liberator in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries—is a key to understanding the temper and values of that age. — Amazon.com
From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians — by PBS Frontline Viewer’s Guide:
“From Jesus to Christ” reveals that Christianity did not arise as a single, uniform, and coherent movement, but as one marked by diversity of opinion, practice, and belief. From the beginning, the movement was forged by conflict as the early Christians wrestled with their Jewish heritage, collided with paganism, challenged the authority of the Roman Empire, and clashed with each other. The series conveys the early Christians’ struggle to understand Jesus and the meaning of his message and suggests that their ancient world of 2,000 years ago may not be so very different from our own.
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