Monday, January 30, 2012

Scholar Interview: Peter J. Williams

Today's interview is with Peter J. Williams, Warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He talks about his work and background in biblical languages, the reliability of the Gospels, internal vs. external evidences, the genre of the Gospels, the authorship of the Gospels, the Gospels as eyewitness testimony (link to talk here), historical methods past vs. present, oral culture and literacy in the first century, the dating of the Gospels (years vs. generations), approaching apparent contradictions, correcting substandard approaches to defending the Gospels, looking at morally difficult subjects in the Old Testament, tips for answering moral objections, advice on doing apologetics, and more. For resources from Tyndale House, see:
Full Interview MP3 Audio here (50 min)

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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for having Peter J. Williams on, Brian! It's always a pleasure to hear what he and others at Tyndale House have to say. They, along with Daniel Wallace of CSNTM ( and others, are always solid and down-to-earth.

While most of the on-line Internet New Testament scholarship gathers around the far-out and typically baseless claims of Robert Price et al., it's good to have people like Peter and everybody at Tyndale House just an interview away...


dgfisch said...

I am a little confused about the comments Peter Williams makes concerning the Gospel of John, particularly as it being more chronologically truer than Matthew or Luke. In my studies of John's account of Jesus' ministry, I noted a trend to see Jesus' work and dissertations in Judea and Jerusalem, while the synoptics begin with a Galilean ministry of approximately two years followed by a ministry transferred to Judea where more hostility to Christ's Gospel message explains many of the conflicts that Jesus took up in His dealings with the Sanhedrin and Temple officials.

This really explains the so-called contradictions of John 7: 27 with 42. This was just Sanhedrin flip-flopping on the question whether Jesus is the Christ.

For the most part, Williams is informative, engaged in proper textual studeis, and worth the time listening to. Thank you for this Brian. Enjoyed.

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