Graham Stanton

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Graham Stanton
Born 9 July 1940
Christchurch, New Zealand
Died 18 July 2009 (aged 69)
Cambridge, UK[1]
Alma mater Knox College, Otago
Westminster College, Cambridge
Scientific career
Thesis The primitive preaching and Jesus of Nazareth: the origin and nature of interest in the character of Jesus (1970)
Doctoral advisor C. F. D. Moule[2]

Graham Norman Stanton (9 July 1940 – 18 July 2009) was a New Zealander who became a prominent and widely respected New Testament scholar in a teaching career at King's College London and as Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. Stanton's special interests were in the Gospels, with a particular focus on Matthew's Gospel; Paul's letters, with a particular focus on Galatians; and second century Christian writings, with a particular interest in Justin Martyr.

Biography[edit]

Stanton came to Cambridge in 1966 to study under Professor C.F.D. Moule (at Westminster College and as a member of Fitzwilliam College), his dissertation was completed in 1969 and published in 1974. From 1970-1998 he served as lecturer and (from 1977) as Professor of New Testament at King's College, London. In 1998 he returned to Cambridge as Lady Margaret Professor (and as a Fellow at Fitzwilliam College).

For the year 1996-97, Stanton was the President of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (Society for New Testament Studies - SNTS), a society of New Testament scholars. For nine years (1982-1990) he was editor of the journal New Testament Studies and of the associated monograph series (1982-1991), and was a General Editor of the International Critical Commentaries (from 1984 until 2009).

Among other honours Stanton was awarded an honorary DD from the University of Otago in 2000;[3] in 2005 he was honored with a Festschrift to mark his sixty-fifth birthday in 2005: The Written Gospel eds. M. Bockmuehl and D. Hagner, Cambridge University Press - this includes a bibliography of Stanton's books and articles up to 2005 (9 authored books, 6 edited books, 60 authored articles or chapters). In 2006 he was awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy for his contribution to biblical studies in the UK.[4] In 2011 a collection of essays discussing various aspects of Stanton's work was published in his memory.[5]

Criticism of the Christ myth theory[edit]

Stanton had criticized the arguments of Christ myth theorists. In his book The Gospels and Jesus, he wrote:

"Today, nearly all historians, whether Christians or not, accept that Jesus existed and that the gospels contain plenty of valuable evidence which has to be weighed and assessed critically. There is general agreement that, with the possible exception of Paul, we know far more about Jesus of Nazareth than about any first or second century Jewish or pagan religious teacher."[6]

Books[edit]

  • Graham N. Stanton. Studies in Matthew and Early Christianity. Edited by Markus Bockmuehl and David Lincicum. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 309. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013.
  • Graham N. Stanton. Jesus and Gospel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • Graham N. Stanton. The Gospels and Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Graham N. Stanton. Gospel Truth. HarperCollins Canada / Marshall Picke, 1995.
  • Graham N. Stanton. A Gospel For A New People: Studies In Matthew. Westminster John Knox Press, 1993.
  • Graham N. Stanton, Jesus of Nazareth in New Testament Preaching SNTS MS 27; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974.

Edited works[edit]

  • W. R. F. Browning, Graham Stanton, and Richard Coggins, Oxford Dictionary of the Bible, Oxford University Press
  • J. D. G. Dunn, Graham N. Stanton, Bruce W. Longenecker, and Stephen C. Barton, The Holy Spirit And Christian Origins: Essays In Honor Of James, 2004
  • David F. Ford and Graham Stanton, Reading Texts, Seeking Wisdom, 2004
  • Patrick Collinson, Richard Rex, and Graham Stanton, Lady Margaret Beaufort and her Professors of Divinity at Cambridge: 1502 to 1649, 2003
  • Graham N. Stanton and Guy G. Stroumsa, eds. Tolerance and Intolerance in Early Judaism and Christianity, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  • Graham Stanton, The Interpretation of Matthew, SPCK/Fortress Press, 1983

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