Larry Hurtado

Larry Weir Hurtado FRSE (December 29, 1943 – November 25, 2019) was an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, and Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (Professor 1996–2011). He was the Head of the School of Divinity 2007–2010, and was until August 2011[4] Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins[5] at the University of Edinburgh.

Larry Hurtado

Larry Weir Hurtado

(1943-12-29)December 29, 1943
DiedNovember 25, 2019(2019-11-25) (aged 75)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisCodex Washingtonianus in the Gospel of Mark (1973)
Doctoral advisorEldon Jay Epp
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineNew Testament studies
Doctoral studentsMichael J. Kruger[1]
Notable worksLord Jesus Christ (2003)[2][3] Edit this at Wikidata


Born in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 29, 1943, Hurtado was educated at Central Bible College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.[6] He completed his PhD in 1973 at Case Western Reserve University under the supervision of Eldon Jay Epp with the dissertation Codex Washingtonianus in the Gospel of Mark: Its Textual Relationships and Scribal Characteristics.[6]

His first academic appointment was at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he taught from 1975 to 1978. Prior to moving to Canada in 1975 he pastored a church in Chicago's most Jewish suburb, Skokie, Illinois. Thereafter he moved to the Department of Religion at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he was promoted to full Professor in 1988 and taught until 1996. During his time there, he established the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities and served as initial Director from 1990 to 1992. Shortly after his appointment at the University of Edinburgh, he established the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, which focuses on Christianity in the first three centuries.

He made significant advances in understanding Jewish Monotheism and early Christian devotion to Jesus. He was an authority on the Gospels (esp. Gospel of Mark), the Apostle Paul, early Christology, the Jewish background of the New Testament, and New Testament textual criticism. He was perhaps most well known for his studies on the early emergence of a devotion to Jesus expressed in beliefs about Jesus sharing God's glory, and in a "devotional pattern" in which Jesus features prominently. Hurtado argued that this Jesus-devotion comprises a novel "mutation" in ancient Jewish monotheistic practice. In his later publications, he also urged greater awareness of the historical value of earliest Christian manuscripts as key physical artefacts of early Christianity, drawing attention to such phenomena as the nomina sacra (distinctive abbreviated forms of certain Greek words, e.g., Theos, Iesous, Kyrios, Christos), the Christian preference for the codex book form, and a number of other features.[7]

He was elected a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas in 1984, and received the Rh Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Humanities in 1986. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2008, and President of the British New Testament Society from 2009 to 2012. He won research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the British Academy, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK). He gave invited lectures in many universities in the UK and other countries, and was a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University in Australia in 2005.

The School of Divinity announced that Hurtado had died of cancer in his sleep on November 25, 2019.[8]



  • Hurtado, Larry W. (1981). Text-Critical Methodology and the Pre-Caesarean Text: Codex W in the Gospel of Mark. Studies and Documents. 43. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802818720. OCLC 7206722.
  • ——— (1988). One God, One Lord: Early Christian Devotion and Ancient Jewish Monotheism. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press. ISBN 9780800620769. OCLC 17234318.
  • ——— (1990). Mark. New International Biblical Commentary. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 9780943575162. OCLC 20693882.
  • ——— (1999). At the Origins of Christian Worship: The Context and Character of Earliest Christian Devotion, the 1999 Didsbury Lectures. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press. ISBN 9780802847492. OCLC 44133065.
  • ——— (2003). Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802860705. OCLC 51623141.
  • ——— (2005). How on Earth did Jesus Become a God? Historical Questions about Earliest Devotion to Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802828613. OCLC 61461917.
  • ——— (2006). The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802828958. OCLC 70668672.
  • ——— (2010). God in New Testament Theology. Library of Biblical Theology. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press. ISBN 9781426719547. OCLC 891464651.
  • ——— (2016). Destroyer of the Gods: early Christian distinctiveness in the Roman World. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781481304733. OCLC 950202343.
  • ——— (2018). Honoring the Son: Jesus in Earliest Christian Devotional Practice. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. ISBN 9781683590965.

As EditorEdit

  • ———, ed. (2006). The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: fresh studies of an American treasure trove. Text-Critical Studies. 6. ISBN 9781589832084. OCLC 69423242.
  • ———; Owen, Paul L., eds. (2011). 'Who is this son of man?' the latest scholarship on a puzzling expression of the historical Jesus. Library of New Testament studies. 390. London & New York: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567521194. OCLC 670507593.

Articles and chaptersEdit

  • ——— (1997). "Greco-Roman Textuality and the Gospel of Mark: A Critical Assessment of Werner Kelber's The Oral and the Written Gospel". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 7: 91–106.
  • ——— (1999). "New Testament Studies at the Turn of the Millennium: Questions for the Discipline". Scottish Journal of Theology. 52 (2): 158–178. doi:10.1017/S0036930600053606.
  • ——— (2003). "Homage to the Historical Jesus and Early Christian Devotion". Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus. 1 (2): 131–46. doi:10.1177/147686900300100201.
  • ——— (2018). "Observations on the "Monotheism" Affirmed in the New Testament". In Beeley, Christopher A.; Weedman, Mark E. (eds.). The Bible and Early Trinitarian Theology. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press. pp. 50–70. ISBN 978-0813229959.


  1. ^ "About Me". Canon Fodder. Charlotte, North Carolina: Michael J. Kruger. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  2. ^ Capes, David B.; DeConick, April D.; Bond, Helen K.; Miller, Troy, eds. (2007). Israel's God and Rebecca's Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity; Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado and Alan F. Segal. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press. pp. xv–xvi. ISBN 978-1-60258-175-3.
  3. ^ "Professor Larry Hurtado (1943–2019)". Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh. December 22, 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "New Director", CSCO Announcement
  5. ^ "Centre for the Study of Christian Origins". Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Capes, David B.; DeConick, April D.; Bond, Helen K.; Miller, Troy, eds. (2007). Israel's God and Rebecca's Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity; Essays in Honor of Larry W. Hurtado and Alan F. Segal. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press. p. xv. ISBN 978-1-60258-175-3.
  7. ^ Staff Page Archived May 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Remembering Larry Hurtado, Leading Researcher of Early Christian Worship". Christianity Today. November 27, 2019. Retrieved November 27, 2019.

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