Craig A. Evans

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Craig A. Evans
Born (1952-01-21) January 21, 1952 (age 72)
Occupation(s)Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville
Houston Baptist University
Known forAmerican biblical scholar
AwardsD.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspard Reformed University in Budapest
Academic background
EducationClaremont McKenna College, Western Baptist Seminary
Alma materClaremont Graduate University
ThesisIsaiah 6:9–10 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (1983)
Doctoral advisorWilliam H. Brownlee
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament studies
InstitutionsMcMaster University
Trinity Western University
Acadia Divinity College
Houston Christian University

Craig Alan Evans (born January 21, 1952) is an American biblical scholar. He is a prolific writer with 70 books and over 600 journal articles and reviews to his name.[1]


He earned his B.A in history and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, a Master of Divinity from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California.

He is John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University.[2] Prior to Houston Baptist, he was Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia,[3] a visiting assistant professor of religious studies at McMaster University and a professor of biblical studies at Trinity Western University.[4]

Evans served as editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research from 1994 to 2005.[5]

Fabricating Jesus[edit]

Evans published the book Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels in 2008. In it, he criticizes current scholarship on the historical Jesus, accusing it of distorting the historical figure of Jesus, creating completely unhistorical images of Jesus of Nazareth. The book is critical of scholars such as Bart D. Ehrman, the Jesus Seminar, Robert Eisenman, Morton Smith, James Tabor, Michael Baigent and Elaine Pagels, while also arguing against the use of New Testament apocrypha, which Evans considers late works with no historical value (Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Peter, Egerton Gospel, Gospel of Judas and Gospel of Mary) or even modern forgeries (Secret Gospel of Mark). Another chapter of the book dismisses The Da Vinci Code of American novelist Dan Brown, which Evans (and all biblical scholars, in fact) sees as nothing more than a sensationalist stunt.[6][7]

The book's "Advance Praise" section includes endorsements from several prominent scholars of the New Testament, such as James H. Charlesworth, Gerd Theissen, John P. Meier, Darrel L. Bock, Ben Witherington III and James D.G. Dunn.[8]



Evans is the author or editor of over 50 books, some of which are listed below:[4]

  • Evans, Craig A. (1992). Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-943575-95-7.
  • ———; Hagner, Donald A., eds. (1993). Anti-Semitism and Early Christianity: issues of polemic and faith. Fortress Press. p. 304. ISBN 978-0-8006-2748-5.
  • ———; Flint, Peter (1997). Eschatology, Messianism, and the Dead Sea. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young. p. 167. ISBN 0-8028-4230-5.
  • ———; Sanders, James A. (1998). The Function of Scripture in Early Jewish and Christian Tradition. Continuum International. p. 504. ISBN 1-85075-830-1.
  • ———; Porter, Stanley E., eds. (2000). Dictionary of New Testament Background. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. pp. 1328. ISBN 978-0-8308-1780-1.
  • ——— (2000). The Interpretation of Scripture in Early Judaism. Continuum International. ISBN 1-84127-076-8.
  • ———; Copan, Paul, eds. (2001). Who Was Jesus?: A Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 272. ISBN 0-664-22462-8.
  • ——— (2003). Jesus and the Ossuaries. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. pp. 168. ISBN 0-918954-88-6.
  • ——— (2005). Ancient Texts For New Testament Studies: A Guide To The Background Literature. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 539. ISBN 978-1-56563-409-1.
  • ———; Collins, John J., eds. (2006). Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. pp. 144. ISBN 978-0-8010-2837-3.
  • ——— (2006). Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. p. 290. ISBN 0-8308-3318-8.
  • ———; Wright, N. T. (2009). Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. pp. 116. ISBN 978-0664233594.
  • ——— (2012). Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0664234133.
  • ——— (2014). From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. p. 188. ISBN 978-0664239053.
  • ———; Beverley, James A. (2015). Getting Jesus Right: How Muslims get Jesus and Islam Wrong. Pickering, ON, Canada: Castle Quay Books. p. 352. ISBN 978-1927355459.
  • ——— (2015). God Speaks: What He Says, What He Means. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. p. 272. ISBN 978-1617954818.
  • ———; Johnston, Jeremiah (2015). Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of Isis: the Theology Driving the Ideology. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 160. ISBN 978-0768408997.
  • ——— (2015). Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture. Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image Publishers. p. 400. ISBN 978-1619707054.
  • ——— (2020). Jesus and the Manuscripts: What We Can Learn from the Oldest Texts. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. p. 575. ISBN 978-1-68307-360-4



  1. ^ "Dr. Craig Evans". Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Professor Craig A. Evans". Archived from the original on August 31, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "Baptist Press - Workshop on Christianity & Dead Sea Scrolls draws crowd - News with a Christian Perspective". Archived from the original on May 18, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Profile of Craig A. Evans, The Lost Gospel of Judas Project, National Geographic Society website. Retrieved March 10, 2008
  5. ^ "A Brief History of IBR". Institute for Biblical Research. Archived from the original on November 21, 2015. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels | Denver Seminary". December 2006. Retrieved June 20, 2021.
  7. ^ Evans, Craig A. (September 26, 2008). Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-3355-9.
  8. ^ Evans, Craig A. (September 26, 2008). Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0830833559.

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