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Qualified to answer questions about the New Testament, including ones that require expert knowledge of Greek, New Testament History, and New Testament Theology. Particular area of expertise is New Testament eschatology (teachings on the end of the world), the Book of Revelation, and the Gospel and epistles of John. Questions about English translations--how they are arrived at, whether they are accurate, and whether there are alternative possibilities. Textual criticism.

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Have taught the Bible and New Testament to lay people for 20 years. Translator of the Spoken English New Testament (, author of After the Thousand Years: Resurrection and Judgment in Revelation 20 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1992). Senior Biblical Studies Editor, Sheffield Academic Press, 1990-1995.


Instructor, Seminary of the Street, Oakland, CA


See my online publication,, which gives an easy-to-understand but thorough introduction to the Christian Good News. See, home of the Spoken English New Testament, the most accurate available translation of the New Testament into natural contemporary English.


PhD, Biblical Studies, Sheffield, UK MA (Honors), Humanities, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY BA (Cum Laude), Religious Studies/New Testament, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

Awards and Honors

Research Paper, "Tracing the Rise of Modalism in Rome," named best graduate paper of the year, Western Kentucky University, 1981

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2016-10-07 Why in 1 Corinthians 7:15 Paul uses the perfect tense along the present tense?:

Dear Dikrane,    Thanks for the interesting question. My sort of off-the-cuff response would have been that in Greek the perfect tense-form assumes a condition that (1) came into being at a point in the

2016-03-29 Galatians 4:4:

Dear Fred,    I'm a little mystified by his rendering too. He seems to have the right qualifications to handle Greek, but the Greek verb ginomai simply doesn't mean "make," since it is a deponent

2016-02-03 Jesus in hades:

Dear Jennifer,    You asked, “Does it say anywhere that Jesus went to Hades to liberate trapped souls?”    I think it does. I’ll warn you that this is a contentious issue in certain circles, so my answer

2016-01-28 mark 13:1-2:

It appears from this entry in Wikipedia, that the "Wailing Wall" was not part of the above-ground, visible structure of Herod's Temple. It was a

2016-01-17 rapture:

Dear Jennifer,    This is an excellent question and not an easy one to answer. I've taken a good little while to think it through.     The concept of the rapture—that faithful believers in Jesus will be


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