Craig A. Evans quotes

  • Radical skepticism is no more critical than is credulity.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Skepticism #Radical #Critical

  • The Gospel of Judas turns Judas' act of betrayal into an act of obedience. The sacrifice of Jesus' body of flesh in fact becomes saving. And so for that reason, Judas emerges as the champion and he ends up being envied and even cursed and resented by the other disciples.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Jesus #Betrayal #Sacrifice

  • The Greek word pseudepigrapha is a Greek word meaning 'falsely superscribed,' or what we moderns might call writing under a pen name. The classification, 'OT Pseudepigrapha,' is a label that scholars have given to these writings.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Writing #Names #Greek

  • The materials in I Enoch range in date from 200 B.C.E. to 50 C.E. I Enoch contributes much to intertestamental views of angels, heaven, judgment, resurrection, and the Messiah. This book has left its stamp upon many of the NT writers, especially the author of Revelation.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Book #Angel #Views

  • As it now stands, I Enoch appears to consist of the following five major divisions: (1) The Book of the Watchers (chaps. 1-36); (2) The Book of the Similitudes (chaps. 37-7l)-, (3) The Book of Astronomical Writings (chaps. 72-82); (4) The Book of Dream Visions (chaps. 83-90); and (5) The Book of the Epistle of Enoch (chaps. 91-107).
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Dream #Book #Writing

  • All archaeologists in Israel and Palestine make use of the New Testament Gospels. They do this because the Gospels exhibit verisimilitude. In short, the Gospels help archaeologists know where to dig and they help archaeologists understand what they unearth. The 2nd-century Gospels and Gospel-like writings rarely exhibit verisimilitude, so archaeologists rarely appeal to them.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Writing #Helping #New Testament

  • The Gospel of Thomas, greatly favored in some circles, is ignored by archaeologists, primarily because it exhibits no verisimilitude. It tells us nothing about the historical Jesus and the world he and his disciples lived in. I've heard it said, that if all we had was the Gospel of Thomas, would we even know that Jesus was Jewish?
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Jesus #Historical #World

  • Archaeological evidence provides significant help in interpreting the Gospels. In a sense, archaeology is an exegetical tool. To ignore the evidence of archaeology would be almost as irresponsible as making no appeal to the original text. The archaeological evidence is a vital component in the context of Scripture.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Scripture #Helping #Significant

  • The principal problem is that textual data and material remains are often incomplete and sometimes lack adequate context, in order to know precisely how they correlate. Sometimes all we can say is that the textual data and the material remains are probably related but how exactly can't be said until additional discoveries are made.
    -- Craig A. Evans

    #Problem #Sometimes #Incomplete

  • Skepticism is history's bedfellow.

  • What is desperately needed... is the skepticism and the sense of history that a liberal arts education provides.

  • Let the greatest part of the news thou hearest be the least part of what thou believest, lest the greater part of what thou believest be the least part of what is true.

  • Great intellects are skeptical.

  • We all approached doing a sequel with great trepidation and skepticism.

  • Though a good cop, Luc Claudel has the patience of a firecracker, the sensitivity of Vlad the Impaler, and a persistent skepticism as to the value of forensic anthropology. Snappy dresser, though.

  • Skepticism is my only gospel, but I don't want to make a dogma out of it.

  • Do not let yourself be tainted with a barren skepticism.

  • A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.

  • I don't like to watch myself. For the most part, I find it weird. It depresses me; I'm very critical.