Thursday, August 29, 2019

Announcing the Sacred Words Conference


On February 21–22, 2020, plan to attend the Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute’s inaugural history of the Bible conference: Sacred Words: History of the Bible Conference.


Brief description from the conference website:
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time and its influence on Western culture beyond compare. But how did this group of ancient books written and then copied over millennia become the Bible we now know?

Join us for the Text & Canon Institute’s inaugural conference and learn from internationally known speakers about how the Bible has been copied, collected, and confessed as God’s sacred words.
The Text & Canon Institute seeks to foster academic study of the Bible and to serve the church and impact the culture by providing expertise and instruction on the history of the Bible. The Sacred Words conference brings this expertise directly to the church and wider culture.

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We are delighted to announce that Daniel Wallace, Peter Gentry, and Stephen Dempster will be the plenary speakers for the event. We’re also very excited to have some top-notch breakout presenters from the region: Jeff Cate, Anthony Ferguson, Darian Lockett, and Timothy Mitchell. Each of these speakers and presenters will be speaking on the topics in their own wheelhouse and each has a desire to see the church and honest seekers learn more about the history of the Bible.


Friday, Feb. 21

Arrive/Registration (6:00 pm) Welcome (6:30 pm)
Plenary: Dr. Peter Gentry – Chaos Theory and the Text of the Old Testament
  • Dr. Jeff Cate – The Stories They Tell: A Look at Interesting Variants in the Transmission of the New Testament
  • Dr. Darian Lockett – The Catholic Epistles: What Do James, Peter, John, and Jude have in Common?
  • Dr. Anthony Ferguson – Listening to the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Timothy N. Mitchell – Where Inspiration is Found: Putting the New Testament Autographs in Context
Dismiss (9:00 pm)

Saturday, Feb. 22

Coffee and pastries (8:30 am)
Opening remarks (9:00 am)
Plenary: Dr. Stephen Dempster – How the Bible Became the Bible
Plenary: Dr. Daniel B. Wallace – Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?
Panel discussion
Dismiss (12:00 pm)

If you are in or around the Phoenix area next February, we hope you will join us for what will undoubtedly be some of the best teaching on the history of the Bible in the USA in 2020 and maybe for a long time to come.


  1. Please, I beg you, can all of these sessions be recorded?? :)

  2. I am looking forward to this conference! Thank you for posting.

  3. Will there be any lectures on campus before the meeting begins? There were some before the Linguistics and NT Greek at SEBTS last April. They certainly made the trip that much more worthwhile.