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Craig Alan Evans (born January 21, 1952) is an evangelical New Testament scholar and author. He is a prolific writer with 70 books and over 600 journal articles and reviews to his name.[1]

Craig A. Evans
Born (1952-01-21) January 21, 1952 (age 67)
OccupationPayzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville
Houston Baptist University
Known forAmerican biblical scholar
AwardsD.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspard Reformed University in Budapest
Academic background
EducationClaremont McKenna College, Western Baptist Seminary
Alma materClaremont Graduate University
ThesisIsaiah 6:9-10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (1983)
Doctoral advisorWilliam H. Brownlee
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament studies
InstitutionsMcMaster University
Trinity Western University
Acadia Divinity College
Houston Baptist University


He earned his B.A in history and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, a Master of Divinity from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California.

He is John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University.[2] Prior to Houston Baptist, he was Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia,[3] a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at McMaster University and a professor of biblical studies at Trinity Western University.[4] Evans' research has led to conferences on subjects including the Dead Sea Scrolls,[5] and archaeology of the Bible.[6]

Evans served as editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research from 1994 to 2005.[7]



Evans is the author or editor of over 50 books, some of which are listed below:[4]

  • Evans, Craig A. (1992). Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-943575-95-7.
  • ———; Hagner, Donald A., eds. (1993). Anti-Semitism and Early Christianity: issues of polemic and faith. Fortress Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-8006-2748-5.
  • ———; Flint, Peter (1997). Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young. p. 167. ISBN 0-8028-4230-5.
  • ———; Sanders, James A. (1998). The Function of Scripture in Early Jewish and Christian Tradition. Continuum International. p. 504. ISBN 1-85075-830-1.
  • ———; Porter, Stanley E., eds. (2000). Dictionary of New Testament Background. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. p. 1328. ISBN 978-0-8308-1780-1.
  • ——— (2000). The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism. Continuum International. ISBN 1-84127-076-8.
  • ———; Copan, Paul, eds. (2001). Who Was Jesus?: A Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 272. ISBN 0-664-22462-8.
  • ——— (2003). Jesus and the Ossuaries. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. p. 168. ISBN 0-918954-88-6.
  • ——— (2005). Ancient Texts For New Testament Studies: A Guide To The Background Literature. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 539. ISBN 978-1-56563-409-1.
  • ———; Collins, John J., eds. (2006). Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-8010-2837-3.
  • ——— (2006). Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. p. 290. ISBN 0-8308-3318-8.
  • ———; Wright, N. T. (2009). Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 116. ISBN 0664233597.
  • ——— (2012). Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 192. ISBN 0664234135.
  • ——— (2014). From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 188. ISBN 0664239056.
  • ———; Beverley, James A. (2015). Getting Jesus Right: How Muslims get Jesus and Islam Wrong. Pickering, ON, Canada: Castle Quay Books. p. 352. ISBN 978-1927355459.
  • ——— (2015). God Speaks: What He Says, What He Means. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. p. 272. ISBN 978-1617954818.
  • ———; Johnston, Jeremiah (2015). Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of Isis: the Theology Driving the Ideology. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 160. ISBN 0768408997.
  • ——— (2015). Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 400. ISBN 978-1619707054.



  1. ^ "Dr. Craig Evans". Retrieved 2017-05-28.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2008-02-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b Profile of Craig A. Evans, The Lost Gospel of Judas Project, National Geographic Society website, accessed March 10, 2008
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  6. ^ Arlandson, James (2007-09-27). "Archaeology and the Synoptic Gospels: Which way do the rocks roll?". American Thinker. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  7. ^ "A Brief History of IBR". Institute for Biblical Research. Retrieved 7 December 2015.

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