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.
Areas of Expertise (8)
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
- 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...
Esteemed Reader: April 2014
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."...
Academics and Research (2)
- New Testament Criticism (BITH 452/543)
- Biblical Theology (BITH 469/552)
- New Testament Exegesis (BITH 646)
- New Testament Theology (BITH 648)
- Jewish Backgrounds (BITH 552)
- New Testament Literature and Interpretation (BITH 213)
- Second century
- Historical Jesus
- New Testament Theology
- Publications and Papers Presented
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...