Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tyndale House and Bible and Church Conference

This week I was contacted by the librarian at Tyndale House. The Tyndale House Library wanted to purchase my commentary on Hebrews in Swedish! I have understood that the aim of this amazing library is to acquire all academic books about the Bible in all languages! This is no modest goal, but in order to achieve it, the Tyndale House ministry needs all support it can get.

Several of our blogmembers are affiliated to Tyndale House but they very seldom tell us about all the wonderful things that are going on all the time at Tyndale House, probably out of modesty. I for one would like to know more. Okay, not everything is immediately related to textual criticism, but I think practically all our readers have a general interest in Biblical Studies.

In any case, in the recent Tyndale House Newsletter we get to know about the plans for the next steps: the future expansion of the library and the increase to the ministry of Tyndale House. Central to these steps is to make the work more widely known, and therefore the Newsletter needs to be more widely distributed. So go here to subscribe. There you can also subscribe to the monthly e-News updates (latest eNews from March here). On the same page you can also read the latest issue (and earlier) of the Newsletter. There are nice pictures of our two Peters, Head and Williams. We are also reminded of the thirty minute documentary on "The Jesus Accounts" featuring Peter Head.

Another approaching major event organized by Tyndale House is the Bible and Church conference. This year, on Saturday June 12th, the three speakers (and ETC bloggers) Peter Williams, Dirk Jongkind and Simon Gathercole meet up again at St Helen's Bishopsgate in the heart of London to give three lectures: "Evidence of Eyewitnesses," "Evidence of Manuscripts," and "Evidence of History." It would be nice to have a comment or two about last year's conference. How did it go? Was it well attended? I have noted that one can order a DVD of the talks here.


  1. Thanks, Tommy. Of course we have to rely also on recommendations for languages like Chinese and Korean and these provide a challenge for our librarians to catalogue. Nevertheless, we do want to have every academic book on the Bible. After all, there is much to be learned from those who sometimes write in Swedish!

  2. Last year's conference was attended by 370. Dirk's talk was the most TC orientated: did a nice analysis of Ehrman's alleged 'orthodox corruption' in Luke 2, focusing on genuine scribal habits.

  3. PJW: "recommendations for languages like Chinese and Korean..."

    I guess it is a great resource then to have people from all over the world coming to you, like the PhD student in Old Testament Simon Chi-chung Cheung which I read about in the March E-News.