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Stump the Professor

posted by xscot mcknight

(Say the Jesus Creed morning and evening during Lent.)
Here’s the offer. I will send a copy of Donald McKim, Dictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters, to the first person who can stump the professor. At what? Here’s the deal:
When I taught at Trinity, I used to play a game with my students. It concerned the initials of reputable, known New Testament scholars. If they could give me the initials of a NT scholar that I didn’t know the names for [which they knew], then I would buy them an ice cream at the famous White Horse Inn.
Example:
Student: “F.F. Bruce.”
McKnight: “You owe me an ice cream. Frederick Fyvie Bruce.”
So here’s my deal: If you can come up with initials that I don’t know, I will send you a copy of McKim’s big honkin’ Dictionary. Here are the rules:
1. The initials must be for a reputable NT scholar. (I make the decision; I’m known to be fair.)
2. The scholar must be dead. No brand spankin’ new PhD in NT studies.
3. I will not look up the names in any of my books before I answer your challenges.
4. Only one guess per person.
5. I will give you until 4:00 p.m. central standard time; if I’m not stumped by then, I will give the book to my colleague, Joel Willitts.
Go ahead, stump the professor!



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Mike Beidler

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:24 am

Gabe

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:35 am


What about J.A. Bengal?



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art

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:47 am


You’ll never get this one Scot: E.P. Sanders!! :)
Man, this is hard. I have two: B. W. Bacon and H. J. Schoeps.



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art

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:49 am


Oops. In my zeal to attempt to stump you, I forgot to read the rules thoroughly.
I’ll stick with B.W. Bacon.
Final answer.



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Nadine

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:50 am


I’ll take a crack. K.B.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:57 am


Mike,
“JSR” isn’t detectable; I have to have the family name.
Art,
One go at it: Ed Parish. (And I’m pretty sure BW is Benjamin Wisner.)
Just got back from San Diego; time for bed. Hans Joachim, but he’s not a NT scholar … a Jewish historian (and a good one).
JA Bengel is Johann Albrecht.



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Mike Beidler

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:59 am


Okay, Scott, I’ll “rephrase”:
J. S. Russell



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:06 am


Mike,
I wouldn’t consider him to fit the category; he was a pastor — but he was James Stuart Russell.



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Mike Beidler

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:08 am


So, do I get another chance?



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Ray Fowler

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:13 am


How about A. R. C. Leaney?



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brad

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:16 am


How about A.J. Gossip?
Okay, it’s past 4 PM your time. Guess the book goes to J.W. …
But since this is the only kind of good Gossip that might be allowable, may I pass along this favorite quote from him: ???A basic trouble is that most Churches limit themselves unnecessarily by addressing their message almost exclusively to those who are open to religious impression through the intellect, whereas ??? there are at least four other gateways – the emotions, the imagination, the aesthetic feeling, and the will – through which they can be reached.???
In anticipation of losing the S.T.P. game, may I offer that as a virtual ice cream?



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Friend of Pascal

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:23 am


A. E. Brooke



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Matt Wilcoxen

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:29 am


How about:
Craig L. Blomberg (I know you know his first name, so I won’t even try!)



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:29 am


Ray,
Do you know? Alfred Robert Clare …
Remember, you need to know the answers before you ask.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:35 am


Alan England Brooke … time for bed.



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Ray Fowler

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:50 am


#13 – Scot, you’re good! And, no I didn’t know until you told me (and then I looked it up!).



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Luke

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:14 am


I got you on this Scot. Go ahead and chalk the victory up to me…I’ve got that book on my wishlist anyways!
E.F. Harrison



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jon

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:59 am


scot,
how about H.B Swete…



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Nijay Gupta

posted February 28, 2008 at 5:24 am


Does it have to be a Brit/American? What about H.L. Strack (of Strack and Billerbeck)? If that does not qualify, can you do J.R.W. Stott – if you question whether he is a NT scholar, consider that you have him under your selected bibliography for your Galatians commentary!



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Jacob Wiebe

posted February 28, 2008 at 5:25 am


Who was O. Kuss?



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Hanery

posted February 28, 2008 at 5:36 am


S. J. Gathercole



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Rowan Ford

posted February 28, 2008 at 5:48 am


Dear Scot,
How about R.H. Charles?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 6:52 am


OK … this is fun.
Please don’t ask if you don’t know. So, please don’t sort through your library and find initials you don’t know and then ask me.
Everett Falconer Harrison
Henry Barclay Swete
Strack wasn’t a NT scholar
John Robert Walmsley Stott
Robert Henry Charles
Otto Kuss
Both Blomberg and Gathercole are still with us!



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Mike

posted February 28, 2008 at 7:49 am


A warning to the impertinent: Dr. McKnight ate a lot of ice cream at Trinity, people.



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Will Fitzgerald

posted February 28, 2008 at 7:51 am


D. E. Roterodamus ?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:09 am


Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus.



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Bill Cork

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:12 am


G. A. Krodel



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James McGrath

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:42 am


L. W. Hurtado
(I know we all know the L…it’s the W I’m interested in)



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:44 am


James,
Since our friend Larry is still alive he isn’t in the pool of potential names.



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T

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:46 am


Wow. It was much easier to guess what Scot bought himself for Christmas.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:46 am


Whew, Bill Cork admits to me he doesn’t know “A.” in Gerhard A. Krodel, so I’m off the hook and that name is off the table.
Again, please read the rules above.



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Thom

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:52 am


For someone who has an awful time with names this gift of recall is exasperating. I am always that guy who says hello then realizes I don’t recall the person’s name.



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Bill Cork

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:54 am


The rule in 23 was added after you started!
What if I can get the answer before the end of the day?



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jon

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:57 am


M.C. Tenney?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:58 am


Bill,
If I have to guess it would be Augustus… so let me know if you find out.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:00 am


Merrill Chapin Tenney



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jon

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:04 am


haha. Man you are good! Goodbye to my luck…Hey is anyone gonna win? Haha.



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Tom Hein

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:12 am


I’ve got one for you, but I don’t know the middle name.
P. Schwartzerd



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Nadine

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:14 am


I see I broke the rules. K. Barth.



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Eric Nygren

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:24 am


C.F.D. Moule



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John Scott

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:26 am


What about J.N.D. Kelly?



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paul

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:27 am


How about F.W. Beare?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:29 am


Tom,
I do get to discern if the person is reputable; I’ve never heard of him.
Karl Barth
John Norman Davidson Kelly
I believe it is Francis Wright Beare.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:31 am


Charles Francis Digby Moule



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Ken Bieber

posted February 28, 2008 at 9:35 am


I’m offering G.S.Allegra.



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David M. Miller

posted February 28, 2008 at 10:03 am


F. Zündel



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 10:21 am


GS Allegra’s got to be a joke.
And I would judge Zundel not to fit #1 (I’ve never heard of him).



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Tom Hein

posted February 28, 2008 at 10:21 am


Scot….
P. Schwartzerd is a well known theologian. You just don’t know him by that name. I gave you this more for fun than anything else, so I don’t care whether I win the book, and my tactic might have been stretching your rules. His better known name you will know and will guess: P. Melanchthon.



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Ken Bieber

posted February 28, 2008 at 10:31 am


G.S. Allegra is no joke, but a candidate for sainthood. Here’s from Wikipedia’s article on him:
Gabriele Allegra (Dec 26, 1907 – ?? Jan 26, 1976) was a Franciscan Friar and scripture scholar. He is best known for performing the first complete translation of the Catholic Bible into the Chinese language. He awaits canonization.
So while he may not be widely known here, his work has benefited millions of Chinese-speaking Catholics. In this era of globalization, I thought he should be given a chance.



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Bob Smallman

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:00 am


R.V.G. Tasker



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:03 am


Bob,
Good one. I believe it is
Randolph Vincent Greenwood Tasker.



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kent

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:05 am


I don’t have a name to offer, just an observation, These guys had great names and it is too bad they settled for initials.



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Daniel

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:15 am


A. W. Argyle



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Daniel

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:25 am


heres a few more:
A.M. Stibbs
A.E. Walls
E. J. Tinsley
E. M. Blaiklock
J. W. Packer
T. F. Glasson



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Ryan Boyls

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:27 am


D.S. Warner



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Scott Grandi

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:32 am


D Burdick



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Cole

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:42 am


Scot -
I may be too late, but this will allow you tell people about A.T. Robertson.
A note: I have been saying the Jesus Creed along with The Divine Hours.
May you have a blessed Lenten season.



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Zach Tanksley

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm


A.B. Simpson?



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Mike Bird

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm


Scot,
I’ll have a crack at it. What about A.J.B. Higgins?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm


Daniel,
At #53, stumped me. Even though Aubrey William Argyle wrote on Matthew I had never, to my memory, found his initials. I’ll be dealing with Daniel on the side …
But, keep ‘em coming.
Don’t know DS Warner; Don Burdick is homiletics isn’t he?
AB Simpson… NT scholar?
AT Robertson, Archibald Thomas.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:33 pm


Mike Bird,
Isn’t it Angus John Brockhurst?



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Glenn

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm


J G M Daniélou
H J Schoeps



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Glenn

posted February 28, 2008 at 12:49 pm


sorry Scot, didn’t see h j schoeps already listed



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mrcneff

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm


E.P. Sanders



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Peggy

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:09 pm


Scot,
I didn’t see your response to Brad #11′s A.J. Gossip…



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Matt Dabbs

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:14 pm


W.W. Sanday



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Brian Niece

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm


R.A. Culpepper



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T

posted February 28, 2008 at 1:25 pm


Congrats Daniel!



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Jules Martinez

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:07 pm


Hi Scott,
Ok, I’ve been a quiet reader of this forum. But here is my first try. May be is too late. Here it is: L. A. Schokel



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Scott Grandi

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm


Re # 56 and 60:
Donald W Burdick (I don’t know what the W stands for, so couldn’t put it in) was a NT scholar (and my professor at Denver Seminary back when it was Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary). He is best known for being on the NIV translation team, and his commentary on the Letters of John.



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Ryan Boyls

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:22 pm


I think it is just William Sanday.
Don’t know RA Culpepper’s middle name.
Luis Schokel?
I confused Don Burdick — yes I remember him — with Donald Buttrick.



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watchman

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm


B.S. Childs
I’m pretty sure you know the first name, but the middle name…



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:40 pm


Watchman,
I think it is something like Smythe, but he’s an OT scholar.



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Aaron Perry

posted February 28, 2008 at 2:46 pm


I don’t know if he is alive or dead, so I might be out of bounds with this one, but: W. H. Brownlee



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Brian Niece

posted February 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm


Culpepper’s middle name = Alan. First name?



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Robert E. Mason

posted February 28, 2008 at 3:42 pm


F.D. MAURICE



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David M. Miller

posted February 28, 2008 at 4:09 pm


Re: #46 Friedrich Zündel is the author of (München: Chr. Kaiser Verlag, 1926). I picked up a copy for cheap at a book sale recently, but haven’t read it, so can’t say whether or not he was reputable in his day. Karl Barth apparently liked him: http://www.bautz.de/bbkl/z/zuendel.shtml



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watchman

posted February 28, 2008 at 5:49 pm


Whoops, Scot. Yep Childs is OT. Sorry about that. “Springs” is his middle name.



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Brian

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm


The contest recalled to mind the following that I heard many years ago.
There once was a man named Dodd,
whose name was exceedingly odd.
I don’t know why he needed three D’s,
when one is enough for God.
Surely Scot would not have found C. H. to be a challenge.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 28, 2008 at 8:50 pm


Charles Harold Dodd, the man who needed 3 Ds.



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kurt usar

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:17 pm


l oberlinner



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Christine

posted February 28, 2008 at 11:51 pm


Okay, Scot, I’m befuddled here . . . if you don’t know someone,
wouldn’t that mean the person submitting the name won, that
they stumped you? I’m impressed with all those names
floating about. Me? I’ve never heard of most of them,
so I’m quite impressed!



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Sean

posted February 29, 2008 at 1:43 am


E. D. W. Burton, is the easy one, since you’ve written on this topic. But how about B. Lucas.



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Mike Bird

posted February 29, 2008 at 5:11 am


Scot,
Doh. You are good! I owe you a coke!!



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Brian

posted February 29, 2008 at 8:39 am


And why does J. R. W. Stott need three T’s when one is enough for Scot?
So when will you start going by your initials?



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Bill Crawford

posted February 29, 2008 at 9:11 am


Hope it’s not too late for a couple from the Reformed camp:
N B Stonehouse
E P Clowney (not sure if he counts as an NT scholar – he wrote a commentary on 1 Peter for IVP)



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Doug Jones

posted February 29, 2008 at 9:36 am


Love this game back at TEDS – in Synoptics and NT Pneumatology…
I bought the good professor (he sported Air Jordans back then) a chocolate milkshake at the old White Horse – they made a mean THICK shake…
good times!



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Mark Vander Pol

posted February 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm


How about S.M. Baugh?



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Doug Wilson

posted March 1, 2008 at 1:14 pm


He’s not dead (!) . . . and he’s not primarily known as a NT scholar, although that was his training and focus early on . . . but E.M.B. Green might pose a challenge, Scot?
D.E.H. Whiteley.
Paul S. Minear.
T.W. Manson.
C.J. Cadoux.



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Steve Cuss

posted March 3, 2008 at 5:51 pm


Scot,
I think this means you’ve crossed into uber geek territory!
How about J Meggett? Not dead, as best as I can tell, but wrote a rather interesting commentary on Corinthians
Steve
P.S Thanks for all your work in making this a fantastic blog.



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