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The Robert C. Cooley Center's Annual Lecture Series

God's Worshiping People: Then and Now

Daniel I. Block

Gunther H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Wheaton College

January 18-19, 2018

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary - Charlotte


Thursday, January 18

6:00 PM - Patrons' Reception - Room 122A

7:00 PM - Lecture - Room 219

Friday, January 19

7:00 pm - Lecture - Room 219

Lecture Topics

Lecture 1 (January 18) - Corporate Worship: A Weekly Audience with God

By his Holy Spirit, God is present wherever his people are found, and he regularly meets with his people individually.  However, to prevent the radical individualization of faith, the LORD has invited us to assemble regularly in his holy presence for an audience with him.  A primary function of corporate worship is to unite us in our identity as his covenant people and to shape our views of him, ourselves, and the world through hearing his voice together.  But how does the gathered community hear the voice of God?  After arguing that worshipers hear God's voice most clearly through the oral reading of Scripture, Dr. Block will examine the role of the Scriptures in worship in ancient Israel and in the early Church, and conclude with reflections on the significance of our fndings for corporate worship today.

Lecture 2 (January 19) - Daily Life as Worship: The Ethical Mission of the People of God

Through corporate worship, God's people are to celebrate their status as his chosen and commisioned agents of grace.  Having been reminded that they "bear the LORD's name," with humility and thanksgiving they enter the workaday world as "a holy people belonging to the LORD."  The phrase suggests that as a group they belong to God, and that they represent him corporately before a watching world.  Accordingly, God calls his people to a common ethic and a common mission.  Through their public and private lives, they give hands and feet to the transformation that their encounters with the living God produce, and proclaim "the excellencies of him who has called them out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Pet 2:9).

Both lectures are open to the public and are free of charge.  Come and join us for this exciting event!  For any questions, please contact Mark Poe at or 704-435-6408.

Tyndale House Greek New Testament

Check out this video that introduces and explains the new Tyndale House edition of the Greek New Testament.

New Resources!

Check out these exciting new virtual resources and apps:

Virtual New Testament

Archaeologists Find 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave!

Check out the following links for news on an exciting find:

Trinity Western University

Biblical Archaeology Society

The Jerusalem Post

Update on the Gospel of Jesus' Wife

See the following links for recent news on the so-called Gospel of Jesus' Wife:

Michael J. Kruger at Canon Fodder

New Books by Cooley Center Scholars



Did the Early Christians Get the Jesus Story Wrong?


Click here for a review of Bart Ehrman's lastest work, Jesus Before the Gospels, by Michael J. Kruger, President and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte.  Kruger blogs at Canon Fodder.


Check Out Two New Video Links!

Dr. Donald Fairbairn, Director of the Cooley Center, has released two brief videos. 

Click here for a postscript to our recent annual Cooley lecture series, which featured Dr. Daniel B. Wallace. 

Click here for a brief discussion concerning Dr. Fairbairn's recent blog article, "What Does It Mean to 'Worship the Same God'?" 

Cooley Lecture Series Now Available! 

Check out the following links to view the recent Cooley Lecture series with Dr. Daniel B. Wallace:

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

We often hear that the New Testament text has been corrupted during its transmission, and some well-known scholars even argue that the scribes intentionally altered the text. The implication—spoken or unspoken—is that we cannot trust the text of the New Testament and thus have no certain knowledge about Jesus.

In light of widespread questions that these scholarly assertions raise, we, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte, invite you to view our winter Cooley Lectures, featuring Dr. Daniel B. Wallace, one of the world’s foremost experts on the manuscripts of the New Testament and thus one of the people best equipped to address these questions. Dr. Wallace is Senior Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. His lectures are ideal for anyone confused by scholarly claims or questions related to the reliability of the text of Scripture.

During the Cooley Lecture series, held January 28 and 29, 2016, Dr. Wallace delivered two lectures on our campus. The first lecture is entitled, “Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then? The Reliability of the New Testament Text,” and assesses the differences between the New Testament manuscripts and the crucial question of whether we can trust the accuracy of the text we have. The second lecture is called “Tracking Down New Testament Manuscripts: An Update from Athens,” and presents the exciting work of digitizing New Testament manuscripts to place them in a single repository at the National Library of Greece in Athens. This visually-stunning presentation includes newly-discovered New Testament manuscripts.

We hope you enjoy the lectures!

Unearthing the World of Jesus

Click here for an interesting and informative Smithsonian article that discusses a number of surprising archaeological finds that break new ground in our understanding of Jesus' time.

First Century Mark?

Check out the following links for articles that contain information and discussion concerning the recent claim that there is a first century manuscript of part of Mark's Gospel.

Mummy Mask May Reveal Oldest Known Gospel at Live Science

Possible First-Century Copy of Mark’s Gospel Discovered by Denny Burk

Earliest Fragment of Mark’s Gospel Apparently Found by Ben Witherington, III

Questions About "First Century Mark" at Evangelical Textual Criticism

Responses to Newsweek's latest take on the Bible, an article called THE BIBLE SO MISUNDERSTOOD IT'S A SIN, by Kurt Eichenwald

Ben Witherington, III - News Weak—- The Problems with Mr. Eichenwald’s Article

Michael Brown - A Response to Newsweek on the Bible

Michael J. Kruger - A Christmas Present from the Mainstream Media: Newsweek Takes a Desperate Swipe at the Integrity of the Bible - Part 1 and Part 2

Daniel B. Wallace - Predictable Christmas Fare: Newsweek’s Tirade against the Bible

Darrell Bock - Responding To Newsweek's Take on the Bible, Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4, or read all four parts in one article at the The Gospel Coalition.

Jesus' Wife, Again?

Click here for Dr. Robert R. Cargill's excellent review of Simcha Jacobovici and Dr. Barrie Wilson's new book, The Lost Gospel.  For a shorter review by Dr. Micheal J. Kruger, click here. Finally, click here for John Dickson's brief remarks.

A multi-part review by Richard Bauckham can be found at Mark Goodacre's NT Blog


Does the Bible Really Tell Me So? 


Click here for Michael J. Kruger's excellent review of Peter Enns' new book The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It.



MNAMON: Portal for Ancient Writing Systems in the Mediterranean

Mnamon provides information on the best and most useful material available on the web for the research and study of ancient writing systems in the Mediterranean: archives, research centers, bibliographies and teaching materials.

All information is selected and critically reviewed by specialists. A brief presentation of the characteristics, the places and times when documented and the languages that used each writing system are included.

Students, specialists and researchers will all find material of interest on the Portal.  Click here to check it out!

New SBL site: Bible Odyssey

Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of the Bible. Click here to check it out!

Textual Resource from the German Bible Society

The decades-long commitment of the German Bible Society has produced the staples that have nourished generations of biblical scholars and translators. The booklet Textual Research on the Bible highlights this work.  Check it out!

Check it Out!

Click here to see Prof. Emanuel Tov's master list of electronic tools for Old Testament textual criticism. 

Bible Secrets Revealed or History Distorted?

Check out the following links for a series of responses to the History Channel's new documentary Bible Secrets Revealed.

Michael J. Kruger - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6

Killing Jesus

See the following links for a review of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Jesus: A History.

Anthony Le Donne

Internet Guide to Religion

Check out this helpful teacher's electronic resource site from the Wabash Center.

Princeton Theological Seminary Puts Books Online!

Check out this link for the Theological Commons, which is a digital library of 76,717 books and journals on theology and religion, including 26,783 volumes from the Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Reviews of Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of  Nazareth

Click here for Dr. Craig A. Evans' review of this controversial new book.  Also, see Dr. Darrell L. Bock's review at The Gospel Coalition, John Dickson's review at Religion and Ethics blog at, James McGahey's review at McGahey's McMusings, and Dr. Craig Blomberg's review at his blog New Testament Musings.  

Take a STEP in Bible Study!

STEP, Scripture Tools for Every Person, is Tyndale House’s ongoing project to make the best resources for biblical studies freely available to everyone who needs them.  The goal is to make the tools capable of working on phones and low-spec computers (even with intermittent or no internet access). The STEP Project aims to grant all believers access to a wealth of resources previously only available to specialist scholars. STEP represents a major development in Bible study.  Check it out here.

A Review of The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom

Click here for a recent review of Candida Moss' controversial book on early Christian martyrdom.  Also, see Dr. Ben Witherington's review at his blog.

New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room

Click here to check out a new site devoted to the study of Greek New Testament manuscripts. From the NTVMR homepage, this is a site where scholars can find the most exhaustive list of NT manuscript resources, contribute to marking attributes about these manuscripts, and find state of the art tools for researching this rich database.

A "New" New Testament?

Check out the following links to read scholarly responses to the recently released A New New Testament.  This collection of texts, touted as the "Bible for the 21st century," is a collection of writings that includes ten "newly discovered" texts in addition to the twenty-seven canonical texts of the NT.  The collection was chosen and assembled by Hal Taussig and a team of eighteen scholars and religious leaders, including Jesus Seminar member John Dominic Crossan. 

Paul Barnett - A New New Testament

Michael J. Kruger - Review of a "New New Testament": Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Tag Team with Michael Horton.

Michael Horton - A New New Testament? and Inventing My Religion

Daniel Wallace - A New New Testament: Are you serious?

For information on the formation of the New Testament canon, check out Ten Basic Facts About the NT Canon that Every Christian Should Memorize by Michael J. Kruger.  Another helpful site is

Scholarly Response to "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife"

In response to the recent, sensationalistic claims regarding a newly translated papyrus fragment that refers to Jesus' wife, please visit the following links:

Scholarly Response to: The Jesus Discovery: The Resurrection Tomb that Reveals the Birth of Christianity

In response to the recent claims of Dr. James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici in their new book The Jesus Discovery, please check out the following links:












Cooley Center iMac Computer 

The Cooley Collection is now pleased to offer a full complement of sophisticated exegetical research programs accessible on a new iMac in the Cooley room. A significant investment has been made in the purchase of Accordance 8, one of the premier Bible software programs. A host of high quality Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic resources have been made available. These fully-searchable texts are invaluable resources to anyone studying the cultural and linguistic background of the biblical texts.

For scholars of the Old Testament, the Cooley Collection now offers the complete biblical manuscripts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, multiple versions of the Septuagint (including the Cambridge Septuagint apparatus), Aramaic and Hebrew Inscriptions, the Targums, the Samaritan Pentateuch, and the Ugaritic Databank. For scholars of the New Testament and early Judaism, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishnah, the works of Josephus, Philo and the Old Testament Apocrypha/Pseudepigrapha are available, in addition to grammatically tagged versions of both Vaticanus and Sinaiticus. Specialists in early church history will find Greek and English versions of the Apostolic Fathers, a collection of apocryphal Gospel texts, and Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History. In addition to Accordance 8, other notable programs are installed on the iMac, including BibleWorks 7 and Logos 4. The Soncino Judaic Classics Library has also been installed, giving access to rabbinic literature including the Soncino Babylonian Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash Rabbah and the Zohar. PDF versions of Jacob Neusner’s translation of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds have also been installed.

Advanced students and researchers wishing to use the new computer resources may do so by appointment, which can be made by contacting the library director, Dr. Robert Mayer (, and the Cooley Center fellow, Rev. Mark Poe ( by email. Requests should include a description of the research project and the estimated length of time needed for research. Dr. Mayer and Rev. Poe will schedule your appointment and arrange for brief training in use of the computer and its resources.

Interested in Becoming a Patron?

The Robert C. Cooley Center is dedicated to exploring the historical foundations of the Christian faith. Achieving this end involves historical, literary, and archaeological research into the origins of both biblical and Christian faith and practice. Patron support is crucial to the continuing work of the Center. Your support is used to fund the bi-annual newsletter, the yearly lecture series, as well other projects and areas of research conducted by the staff at the Center. If you are interested in supporting this important work, please contact Dr. Rollin Grams at 704.527.5842 or at