New Testament scholar, Craig Evans, is the Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at
Acadia Divinity College of
Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he received his M.Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspard Reformed University in Budapest. A well-known evangelical scholar throughout the world, he is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.
After teaching one year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.
Author and editor of more than sixty books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale and other universities, colleges, seminaries and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the
historical Jesus, Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible.
Along with countless interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US,
Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many
documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History
Television and others. He also has served as a consultant for the National
Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark
Burnett and Roma Downey.
(Click here for recent programs.)
Upcoming Events & Social Media:
October 3-5, 2013
– Chosen People
Conference, New York City
Oct 24-26, 2013 – The Gospels, Historical and
Christological Research Conference, at the
Vatican, Rome (regarding the Pope's book)
Nov 4-5, 2013 – Grand Canyon University,
Nov 11-13, 2013 – Passages Conference,
Jan 25, 2014
Feb 17-18, 2014 –
Bridges for Peace, Study Tour to Israel
(scroll down to brochure)
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- Is there archaeological evidence of the Bible’s
- Who really was Jesus? Was He actually raised from
the dead? Does He live today?
- Does life have meaning? Is there a reason to have
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Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence
In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.
Questions are included at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for group or individual study
(Westminster John Knox, Mar 2012)
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Matthew: New Cambridge Bible Commentary
This book is a verse-by-verse analysis of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew. It provides a comprehensive introduction
to the gospel, which describes the world of Jesus and his
first followers. This commentary explores the historical,
social, and religious contexts of Matthew and examines the
customs, beliefs, and ideas that inform the text. Unfamiliar
to many readers of the New Testament, this background will
help readers fully understand the text of Matthew, which
focuses on what Jesus taught and why the religious
authorities in Jerusalem rejected his message and gave him
up to the Roman governor for execution. This book will be an
important tool for clergy, scholars, and other interested
readers of Matthew.
View Frontmatter as PDF (188KB)
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World of Jesus and the Early Church
Edited by Craig A. Evans
Coming Fall 2011
Prominent scholars in the fields of Archaeology, New
Testament Studies, and the Dead Sea Scrolls have come
together in The World of Jesus and the Early Church to focus
on early Jewish and Christian communities of faith and their
impact on the collections of texts that were their
scriptures (and would become, in due time, part of their
Professors, students, and pastors who are interested in how
these communities lived—how they developed, what they
believed, and how they regarded and preserved the written
documents that were their scripture—will be interested in
this comprehensive volume drawn from presentations made to
key conferences on the subject. This book’s emphasis on a
variety of communities of faith (not just Christian) and
their early (and critical) influence on the development of
religious canonical materials sets it apart from others on
New Testament-period culture.
the Final Days: What Really Happened
What do history and archaeology have to say about Jesus’
death, burial, and resurrection? How were criminal trials
and executions conducted during the time of Jesus? Was Jesus
really raised from the dead? Together, Craig A. Evans and N.
T. Wright address these important topics (in the UK: SPCK;
in North America: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).
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How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels
By Craig A. Evans
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Gospel of Thomas is late, not early; secondary, not authentic. Contrary to what a few scholars maintain, the
Gospel of Thomas originated in Syria and probably no earlier than the end of the second century.
The Gospel of Peter, which describes a talking cross, is late and incredible. In fact, the fragmentary document that we have may not be the
Gospel of Peter at all. The document that we have may date to the fourth or fifth century.
The "secret" version of the Gospel of Mark, allegedly found in the Mar Saba Monastery, is a modern hoax. Analysis of the hand-writing betrays the tell-tale signs of forgery.
The distinctive conclusions of the Jesus Seminar are rejected by most scholars in North America and Europe.
There is absolutely no credible evidence that Jesus had a wife or a child.
The evidence is compelling that the New Testament Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--are our best sources for understanding the historical Jesus. The New Testament Gospels are based on eyewitness testimony and truthfully and accurately describe the teaching, life, and death of Jesus.
Jesus was not a Cynic; in all probability he never encountered a Cynic.
No killer monks (albino or otherwise) number among the membership of Opus Dei.
All descriptions of documents, literature, and archaeology in this book are accurate.
Read more at InterVarsity
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