Interview With Daniel B. Wallace
Justin Taylor just completed a 4-part interview with Daniel B. Wallace, Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Justin provides a short bio: “Dr. Wallace influences students across the country through his textbook on intermediate Greek grammar. It is used in more than two-thirds of the nation’s schools that teach that subject. He is the senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible and coeditor of the NET-Nestle Greek-English Diglot. Recently his scholarship has shifted from syntactical and text-critical issues to more specific work in John, Mark, and nascent Christology. However he still works extensively in textual criticism, and has founded The Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, an institute with an initial purpose to preserve Scripture by taking digital photographs of all known Greek New Testament manuscripts. His postdoctoral work includes work on Greek grammar at Tyndale House in Cambridge and textual criticism studies at the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung in Münster. When he is not involved in scholarly pursuits, Dr. Wallace and wife, Pati, enjoy spending time with their boys and beagles.”
Justin interviews Dr. Wallace mainly on textual criticism, and Dr. Wallace gives some fascinating answers about the background and composition of the Bible. Not only does he tell us what exactly “textual criticism” is, he gives clear examples of how it works and how it illumines our understanding of Scripture and the translation process.
Justin leads off in part one with this fascinating question: “Let me start, if I can, on a more personal note. The other day I was reading Lee Strobel’s The Case for the Real Jesus, and he makes the provocative comment that you taught yourself Greek by reading one of your own Greek textbooks-obviously a line begging for an explanation! Can you tell us a bit about that season of your life?”
I hope you will read this interview and be fascinated and awed at the wonders of the history of Scripture Dr. Wallace reveals. You can read the interview by following the links below: