The following has been written a visiting research/PhD student who has been signed on loan until the end of the season. The views below do not necessarily reflect the views of biblical scholars based in Sheffield.
A casual perusal over the names on the Society of Biblical Literature member directory reveals the most interesting results. Did you know that at least 26 biblical scholars are named “Craig”? The name has Scottish origins and draws from the Gaelic word creag, meaning “rock.” It is popular in both Scotland and much of the English speaking world. Granted, of the 26 members of the SBL, four are merely “student members” (I’m surprised the SBL even decided to include them in the directory without asking them to submit their details six months in advance). Nevertheless, what sticks out for me, as someone interested in New Testament studies, are the New Testament scholars who hold an academic post of some sort at a University or seminary and are named “Craig.” Given these criteria, the following names appear:
Craig L. Blomberg of Denver Seminary
Craig A. Blaising of Southwestern Theological Seminary
Craig A. Evans of Acadia University
Craig R. Koester of Luther Seminary
Craig, William Lane of Talbot School of Theology
Craig S. Keener of Palmer Seminary
Craig C. Hill of Duke
No doubt many of these scholars will be familiar to you. But what links the seven Craig’s of New Testament studies together except for their shared name? Well, as far as I can determine, they all hail from fairly hardline conservative Evangelical perspectives (and in most cases, institutions). Now I admit that while the religious affiliations of Craig C. Hill are less known, if we apply the above rule, then mustn’t he also be a….
Don’t misunderstand me here, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with this; I’m merely observing the facts: If one is named “Craig” and one is a New Testament scholar, then one is a conservative Evangelical and in some cases a borderline fundamentalist apologist. So here is the challenge: Give me one well-known (and preferably reputable, or there abouts) New Testament scholar named “Craig” who isn’t a conservative Evangelical Christian. An impossible task? Surely not…
Anonymous Visiting Research Student