Dr. Nicholas Perrin - Wheaton College. Wheaton, IL, US

Dr. Nicholas Perrin Dr. Nicholas Perrin

Professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the Graduate School | Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL, US
Dr. Perrin researches the Historical Jesus, early Christianity, Gnosticism, and the canonical authority of the Bible.





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Dr. Perrin's research specialties include the historical Jesus, early Christianity, Gnosticism and the Gnostic texts, and the reliability and canonical authority of the Bible. In addition to these interests, he is founding board member of Covenant Classical School in Naperville, Illinois.

Industry Expertise (2)

Education/Learning Religious Institutions

Areas of Expertise (8)

The Historical Jesus Gnosticism Reliability of the Bible History of the New Testament The Gospel of Matthew The Gospel of Mark The Gospel of Luke The Gospel of John

Education (3)

Marquette University: Ph.D., Biblical Literature 2001

Dissertation Title: "Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron"

Covenant Theological Seminary: M.Div., Theology 1994

The Johns Hopkins University: B.A., English Literature 1986

Affiliations (4)

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • North American Patristics Society
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Center for Theological Inquiry: Fellow

Media Appearances (2)

Poetic Justice at the Red Sea

Christianity Today  online


The Scriptures inform us that a pillar cloud had led the tribes the whole way [from Egypt]. Whatever its physical appearance, the column-like cloud would be all the more awe-inspiring by virtue of what it represented, for the Lord was in the cloud (Ex. 13:21). Moses, Aaron, and the tribal leaders instantly interpreted this as God’s leading presence, whether the average Israelite understood it as such—we don’t know. I believe so...

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Esteemed Reader: April 2014

Chronogram  online


According to scholar Nicholas Perrin "While the unifying discrete aphorisms through paronomasia may be described as a defining feature of Egyptian literature in general, it is clear as well that the Egyptians invoked puns for magical purposes. Power over reality presupposed not just the naming of that reality but insight into the matrix of sounds contiguous with that name."...

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Articles (6)

The Digitization of Sinaiticus and its Media Beepbop
Reformation 21


According to the online Urban Dictionary, the word 'beepbop' is not really a word at all: it is a nonsense word to be used only when you want to really annoy someone. In that case, the British Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the BBC, or more affectionately as 'the Beeb', has aired its own sort of 'beepbop' in its coverage of the digitization of the Codex Sinaiticus. Roger Bolton's October 6 story, 'The Oldest Bible', which premiered on Radio 4, might in fact be a textbook example of 'beepbop' nonsense, intended in this case to provoke Bible-believing Christians. Of course, I understand that journalists often have a goal of taking what are otherwise mundane news items and spicing them up, even sensationalizing them. But the Beeb has a problem here. You cannot position yourself as one of the most reputable and responsible news organizations in the world and at the same time go public with a piece like this one.

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On raising Osiris in 1 corinthians 15
Tyndale Bulletin


This article examines possible comparisons between Paul's teaching on
resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 and the Egyptian myth of resurrection. This involves not only
a consideration of the isolated parallels, but an investigation of the degree of coherence ...

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Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research (1991-2006): Part I, The Historical Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels
Currents in Biblical Research


This article, the first of a two-part series, reviews research between 1991 and 2006
dealing with the Gospel of Thomas. It focuses on two questions:(1) whether the Coptic
sayings collection preserves material going back to the historical Jesus, and (2) whether it ...

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Thomas: The Fifth Gospel?
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society


Whereas for years those in quest for the historical Jesus have been content to pursue their
investigations within the canonical Gospels, recent developments in source criticism along
with certain twentieth-century papyrological discoveries have widened the field. Little ...

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Some Reflections on Hermeneutics and Method: A Reply to Guy Waters
Westminster Theological Journal


I am grateful for the remarks made and questions posed in Guy Waters's piece, “Rejoinder to
Nicholas Perrin, 'A Reformed Perspective on the New Perspective.'” The issues raised in
Waters's book and in the ensuing interchange engendered by my review are important ...

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NHC II, 2 and the Oxyrhynchus Fragments (P. Oxy 1, 654, 655): Overlooked Evidence for a Syriac Gospel of Thomas
Vigiliae Christianae


Whereas it is generally assumed that the Gospel of Thomas was first composed in Greek,
here the author finds evidence, confirming his earlier published thesis, that the well-known
Nag Hammadi text was first set down in Syriac. On comparing divergences between the ...

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