This morning I presented as part of the New Testament Canon, Textual Criticism, and Apocryphal Literature Section of this years meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. The section is chaired by Dr. Michael Kruger (RTS-Charlotte) and Dr. Stan Porter (McMaster). It was a privilege to be a part of the session along with my other NT colleague, Dr. Charles Hill.
The graphic shown above hints at the theme of the presentation. The panel to the right is a painting of “Jannes and Jambres,” the famed magicians of Egypt who are mentioned in 2 Timothy 3:8 … but who are not mentioned by name in Exodus or anywhere else in the Bible. The panel to the left is an early NT papyrus. Aligning them side-by-side hits at the theme of the paper: what do we make of these peculiar phenomena in the writing of the canonical NT writings?
This is a topic of recent interest of mine, and the presentation is essentially an annotated taxonomy (categorization) of the variety of oral and textual influences on the formation of the NT, including representative examples of over 200 passages of relevance (certainly more than I ever imagined when I started the project).