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Monday, 12 July 2010

An Evangelical giant? Martin Hengel and the 2010 Tyndale Fellowship New Testament Study Group

Words fail to express the significance of the papers, informal discussions and personal testimonies shared at this year's New Testament study group. Fortunately all the papers will be published in due course. One of the requiring issues that stood out for me was Martin Hengel's uncompromising Evangelical faith on the one hand, and his ruthless insistence on historical research on the other. One person commented that Hengel once said that he is an Evangelical because he is a Christian and a liberal because the truth will set you free.
Much much more needs to be said (and will be said!) but I go away from this conference with the lasting impression of an Evangelical giant whose life and work will continue to challenge both Evangelicals and Liberals alike to take both faith and history serious. Any thoughts from others who also attended the conference?
I had the privilege of meeting the great (and humble!) prof Howard Marshall who used to teach at Aberdeen in Scotland.

2 comments:

cryptotheology said...

Hey Frederik - was good to see you there, and yes, I agree - it was a great conference. I've attempted a few summaries of papers on my blog

Matthew

Frederik Mulder said...

Great Matthew,
I'll have a look. It seems that Nottingham's New Testament team is quite impressive.

Frederik