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Amy Anderson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D. University of Birmingham, England; New Testament Textual Criticism

M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA; New Testament

B.S. University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Professional Experience

Credentialed – 1988, Ordained – 1990
Professional memberships:
  • 2005-Present: International Greek New Testament Project Steering Committee (This is a team producing a major critical edition of the New Testament.)
  • 2010-Present: Editio Critica Major Steering Committee (This committee steers the IGNTP unit at SBL.)
  • 2000-Present: American Society of Papyrology
  • 1999-Present: Friends of Mount Athos

Professional Accomplishments

Publications:
  • “New Testament Textual Criticism in Teaching and Practice” for The Oxford Handbook of the Textual Criticism of the Bible, Tommy Wasserman and Sidnie White Crawford, editors. Publication planned for 2024.
  • Invited – Craig Keener and Holly Beers are editing a new series of academic commentaries (with BakerAcademic), aimed at pentecostal and charismatic pastors and lay leaders. I have been invited to co-author the commentary on Timothy/Titus with Gordon Fee (expanding and updating his previous publications). Publication forthcoming.
  • 2022 – "Four Benefits of Reading Greek Manuscripts" online article for Text & Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary. 
  • 2021 – “In Defense of the Urtext” for Ancient Texts, Papyri and Manuscripts: Studies in Honor of James R. Royse. Alan Taylor Farnes, Scott D. Mackie, and David Runia, eds., Brill.
  • 2018 – Textual Criticism of the Bible, Revised edition, co-authored with Wendy Widder. Lexham Methods Series, Douglas Mangum, ed.
  • 2015 – “Codex 2193 and Family 1 in Mark” Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity (New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents 50), Gurtner, Hernandez, & Foster, eds., Brill.
  • 2014 – “Family 1 in Mark: Preliminary Results”Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament: Papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament (Texts and Studies 11), H.A.G. Houghton, ed., Gorgias Press.
  • 2011 – Devotional for a Cross-Cultural Year, Designed for first time missionaries and missionary-associates in Students for Christ, Europe. Currently being edited after field testing. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Students for Christ-Europe.
  • 2010 – When You Come Together: Challenging the Church to an Interactive Relationship with God
    *This book is a reflection on what it means to be pentecostal and charismatic, and is written for lay people. Being Church Publishers.
  • 2004 – The Textual Tradition of the Gospels: Family 1 in Matthew, Based on my dissertation, but significantly rewritten, Brill Academic Publishers, “Texts and Studies” Series.
  • 2000 – To Love the Ancient Text, Self-published manual of beginning Greek using the inductive method, now in its 8th revised edition.
Presentations:
  • 2023 – “Using the Inductive Method to Teach Textual Criticism,” Northwestern Scholarship Symposium

Personal

Church Involvement and Community Service
  • 2010 – Founded The Center for Ancient Texts and Languages. CATL is a 501c3 that supports research in textual criticism and mentors students into postgraduate education. Its outreach arm, The Biblical Literacy Project, supports the teaching of college-level Bible and Bible backgrounds in churches and groups. Websites for CATL and the BLP are as follows: The Center for Ancient Texts and Languages and Biblical Literacy Project.
  • Member and Bible teacher at Sojourn Campus Church
Hobbies
  • Gardening 
  • Cross-stitching
  • Detective novels and shows
  • Animals of all sorts
  • Camping and hiking
Why do you love your discipline?

I am convinced that biblical scholarship is one of the most important missing pieces in the health of the church today. Many Christians know next to nothing about their Bible, and even those who read it regularly treat it as 'What's my verse of the day?' Pastors are sadly often no exception.

Scripture becomes both more interesting and more powerful as the believer learns historical/cultural backgrounds, critical issues, and the skills for good exegesis.

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