WINONA LAKE – Dr. Dan Wallace, senior professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, will speak Sunday on the subject, “Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?”
The lecture will be held at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 1200 Kings Highway, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.
Sunday’s presentation is one of three talks planned by Wallace for Grace College.
All three discussions are open to the public, but D. Brent Sandy, manuscript curator and researcher at Grace College, said he thinks the general public will find Sunday’s talk more interesting.
Wallace is an expert in the earliest handwritten copies of the New Testament and will explain how ancient scribes made copies of God’s Word. Many people are skeptical about how reliable the manuscripts are, and Dr. Wallace will clarify what is known and what is unknown.
This is the third in a series of lectures. In the first, Dr. Wallace will speak on “The Protestant Faith and Biblical Languages: Can We Give Up One and Keep the Other?” That lecture will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in McClain Hall 100 on the Grace College campus.
The title of the second lecture is “‘The hand that wrote this is rotting in the grave.’ Fascinating Discoveries in Old Manuscripts of Scripture.” This will take place in Westminster Hall on the Grace College campus at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.
Wallace is the executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, an institute that has discovered over 90 formerly unknown manuscripts of the New Testament scattered in libraries and monasteries throughout the world. He has written, edited, or contributed to more than three dozen books, including Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus; also, Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest; and Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament. He has been a consultant for several Bible translations and has published numerous journal articles. He and his wife, Pati, have four sons, three daughters-in-law, three granddaughters, one grandson, and one Labrador.
At each of the lectures, there will be an exhibit from the collection of original documents from the Biblical and Ancient Manuscript Center at Grace College and Seminary. While the three lectures are part of Grace College’s homecoming, the public is invited; there is no charge to attend.