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Nicholas Perrin

Nicholas Perrin is the Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. His work focuses on the New Testament and early Christianity. Perrin has published on the Gospel of Thomas and proposed the theory that Thomas is dependent on Tatian's Diatessaron.[1][2][3][4]

Nicholas Perrin
TitleFranklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies
Academic background
EducationThe Johns Hopkins University, Covenant Theological Seminary, Marquette University
Alma materMarquette University
Thesis (2001)
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament, Early Christianity
InstitutionsWheaton College,Illinois

In addition to his writings on Christian origins and the Gnostic Gospels, Perrin has authored a number of popular lay introductions to works such as the Gospel of Judas and Gospel of Thomas. In 2007 Lost in Transmission was published as a response to Bart Ehrman's popular Misquoting Jesus dealing with issues of textual criticism of the New Testament.

In 2008 Perrin delivered a public lecture on the historical Jesus at the University of Georgia.




  • Perrin, Nicholas (2002). Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron. Academia Biblica. 5. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature.
  • Perrin, Nicholas (2007). Lost in Transmission: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 9780849903670. OCLC 144598103.
  • Perrin, Nicholas (2007). Thomas: The Other Gospel. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 9780664232115. OCLC 137305724.
  • Perrin, Nicholas (2006). The Judas Gospel. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780877840398. OCLC 85356223.

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Articles & ChaptersEdit

  • ——— (2004). "Some Implications of Dispensing with Q". In Perrin, Nicholas; Goodacre, Mark. Questioning Q. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity. ISBN 9780830827695. OCLC 56614168.
  • ——— (2007). "Recent Trends in Gospel of Thomas Research (1991-2006): Part I, The Historical Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels". Currents in Biblical Research. 5: 183–206.
  • ——— (2007). "No Other Gospel". Christian History and Biography. 96: 27–30.
  • ——— (December 2008). "Where to Begin with the Gospel of Mark?". Currents in Theology and Mission. 35: 413–419.
  • ——— (2008). "The Aramaic Origins of the Gospel of Thomas – Revisited". In Frey, Jorg; Schröter, Jens; Popkes, Enno Edzard. Das Thomasevangelium: Entstehung -- Rezeption -- Theologie. Beihefte zur für Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. 157. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. pp. 50–59.
  • ——— (2008). "Eschatological Aspects of the Sinai Experience in Patristic Interpretation". In Kenneth E., Kenneth E. Israel in the Wilderness: Interpretations of the Biblical Narratives in Jewish and Christian Traditions. Themes in Biblical Narrative. 10. Leiden: Brill. pp. 173–182. ISBN 9789004164246.
  • ——— (2009). "The Diatessaron and the Second-Century Reception of the Gospel of John". In Rasimus, Tuomas. The Legacy of John: The Second Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel. Novum Testamentum, Supplements. 132. Leiden: Brill. pp. 301–318. ISBN 9789047429777.


  1. ^ April DeConick, Recovering the Original Gospel of Thomas: A History of the Gospel and Its Growth. p.48
  2. ^ Craig L. Blomberg,Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey. (2nd Edition)
  3. ^ Shedinger, Robert F. Review of Biblical Literature, 2003, Vol. 5, p509.
  4. ^ Nicholas Perrin, Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron(Academia Biblica 5; Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature; Leiden : Brill, 2002).

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