Eileen Cooley, Wife of Former Gordon-Conwell President, Robert E. Cooley Passes Away

Click here for the press release regarding Mrs. Cooley's passing.

Upcoming Events

2018 Fall Lecture

On November 8, at 7:00 PM, Dr. SeJin Koh will be welcomed as the new Director of the Cooley Center.  Dr. Koh is a native of South Korea and holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern archaeology from the University of Chicago.  He has lived in Israel for fourteen years and has extensive experience in biblical (especially Old Testament) archaeology.  For the evening lecture, Dr. Koh's topic will be: Axum: Quest for the Land and Queen of Sheba.

In addition to the lecture, a Patrons' reception will be held at 6:00 PM.  Patrons can RSVP for the reception by contacting Michelle Littlejohn at dlittlejohn@gordonconwell.edu or at 704-940-5814.

The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.  Please RSVP here.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an exciting evening!


2019 Annual Lecture Series

Our Annual Cooley Lecture Series is scheduled for January 24-25, 2019.  We are delighted to have as our speaker Dr. Peter Williams, director of the Tyndale House study center in Cambridge, England.  Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He will speak on on the public ministry of Jesus, arguing that Jesus gave his public speeches in Greek rather than Aramaic, and thus that we have his actual words in the Gospels.  Click here for more information.


Earliest-ever Inscription Bearing the Full Name of Jerusalem

Click here for an interesting article on a 1st century B.C.E. limestone inscription that bears the full name of Jersualem as it is spelled today.  According to the article, the inscription is written in Aramaic but with Hebrew letters, and it appears on a stone column from an earlier building that was re-used in a Roman structure.

More details about the discovery can be found in the IAA press release.

The "House of David" - Could It Be True?

Check out this article that recalls the accidental discovery of the Tel Dan Stele.  This stele is an artifact that, along with the Mesha Stele and a 10th-centuryEgyptian palace inscription, references King David and thus "brings this biblical story, once believed to be a myth, into the light of scientific reality."

NASA Technology and the Dead Sea Scrolls

Check out this link for an exciting article on how advanced imaging technology originally developed by NASA has revealed previously unnoticed writing on fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Exciting New Resource!


Check out the new ESV Archaeology Study Bible.  Dr. Catherine McDowell, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Curator of the Cooley Center, authored the introductory essays and study notes for 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, and 1-2 Chronicles.  Click here to read more.



Isaiah Seal Impression

Check out this 12-minute video that describes the background and significance of the discovery of the Isaiah seal impression.  Included are interviews with Eilat Mazar and Shmuel Ahituv.

Dr. Daniel Block Book Sale


For the Glory of God


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22% Off!


The Triumph of Grace


$60.00 $37.30

38% Off!

Please email the Charlotte campus Bookstore to purchase. Copies can be shipped or held for pickup. 


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Researchers Decipher Dead Sea Scroll

Check out this article for information concerning a unique 364-day calendar once used by the enigmatic Qumran sect in the Judean Desert. 

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 Video Links!

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

Click here for a postscript to our 2016 annual Cooley lecture series, which featured Dr. Daniel B. Wallace. 

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

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 abc.net.au, 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 4Gospels.com.

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 (bmayer@gordonconwell.edu), and the Cooley Center fellow, Rev. Mark Poe (mpoe@gordonconwell.edu) 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 rgrams@gordonconwell.edu.