Centre for the History of the Book

Professor Larry W. Hurtado

Professor Larry W. Hurtado is Emeritus Professor in the School of Divinity.

Professor Larry Hurtado

Emeritus Professor

  • School of Divinity

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Larry Weir Hurtado (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1973) was Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology in the University of Edinburgh (1996-2011) and is now Emeritus Professor. He was the founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins (University of Edinburgh), and was Head of the School of Divinity (New College), in the University of Edinburgh 2007-2010. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Prior to his current appointment, he was in the Department of Religion in the University of Manitoba (1978-96), where he was also founding Director of the Institute for the Humanities (1990-92), and prior to that on the faculty of Regent College (Vancouver, BC, 1975-78).

His publications include an influential study of the early textual history of the Gospel of Mark, Text-Critical Methodology and the Pre-Caesarean Text: Codex W in the Gospel of Mark and a popular-level commentary on the Gospel of Mark, Mark: New International Bible Commentary. His major study Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity focused on belief in Jesus in the first two centuries of Christianity. Another book, The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins, demonstrates how Christian manuscripts of the second and third centuries CE throw important light on a number of wider historical questions about early Christianity. In addition, he has published over 100 articles in scholarly journals, books and reference works on the New Testament and origins of Christianity. He has done editorial work on several major publications, including the Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature, for which he was the Associate Editor.

In 2001, he convened an international team of scholars under the auspices of the Society of Biblical Literature to undertake fresh studies of the Freer biblical manuscripts. The results of this project were published by the SBL in 2006 as The Freer Biblical Manuscripts: Fresh Studies of an American Treasure Trove. The spendid exhibition held by the Freer/Sackler Galleries in late 2006 in observance of the centenary of the acquisition of the Freer biblical manuscripts was prompted by his proposal to the Freer/Sackler administration in 2000.

He also served on the editorial board of Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses, and as an Associate Editor of Critical Review of Books in Religion, and is currently also a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus; TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism; and Expository Times.