by Rachel Gould
One of the best parts about attending a Christian university is not only the faith-based approaches to academic material but also the intellectual approach to faith. Wishing to provide a place where theology and service meet, the School of Biblical Studies hosted its first Graduate Symposium, featuring guest speaker Dr. Daniel Wallace, a world-renowned New Testament textual critic. Over 200 people gathered for the Symposium, including both undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni and guests from other universities.
Dr. Wallace specializes in the study of manuscripts of the Bible and comparing the differences between them. Though this task might sound tedious, Dr. Wallace sees it as crucial to the existence of Christianity. He discussed the history of manuscripts like the Sinaiticus, the oldest complete copy of the Greek New Testament, and he emphasized the inspiration of the Word. Noting that the Reformation partly began out of Martin Luther’s discovery that the Latin translation of the Bible, the Vulgate, contained several textual and theological differences from the Greek New Testament, Dr. Wallace encouraged his listeners to study Greek and Hebrew so that they too could read the texts for themselves. Focusing on the re-birth that studying the languages gave to the faith of people during the Reformation, Dr. Wallace commented:
If there is to be another Reformation – and I think one is sorely needed – knowledge of and hunger for the biblical languages will again form a vital component…the next Reformation will be a reaction, in part, to the anti-intellectualism that has infested and corrupted evangelical theology, evangelical ministry, and evangelical life.
For both students and faculty alike, Dr. Wallace’s statement was a challenge to deepen their studies of the Bible in their personal walks and their ministries. If any of you are interested in learning Greek or Hebrew as well, schedule a campus tour to take a moment to examine FHU’s own exact reproduction of the Sinaiticus and to meet with a Bible professor to discuss biblical languages.