Kurt Noll

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Kurt Noll
Residence Brandon, Manitoba
Nationality American
Education BA (summa cum laude), MA (Honors), MTh, PhD
Alma mater Union Presbyterian Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Shippensburg University
Employer Brandon University
Known for Author, educator, biblical scholar
Website people.brandonu.ca/nollk

Kurt L. Noll, also known as K. L. Noll, is an American biblical scholar, historian, educator and author. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Religion Department at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada where he teaches Judaism, Christianity, biblical languages and Islam.

He holds a PhD and a Master of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now called Union Presbyterian Seminary), as well a Master of Arts (Honors) from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and a Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) from Shippensburg University.[1] Prior to entering academia, he was a professional illustrator and designer.

His books include The Faces of David (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997), Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction (London: Sheffield Academic Press/Continuum, 2001), and Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion (London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2012). He has also published a number of articles and reviews.

Noll is the author of a chapter in Is This Not the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus (edited by Thomas L. Thompson and Thomas S. Verenna. London: Equinox, 2012) entitled “Investigating Earliest Christianity without Jesus”. The article methodically explains how it is possible that a literal Jesus was invented as a "Darwinian strategy" by the early church to persuade people to become Christians. Although his article tends to support the Christ myth theory, he concludes, however, that the lack of historical accuracy in the gospels is not proof that Jesus did not exist, and ultimately, it is not important if he lived or not explaining it “is irrelevant to an understanding of the earliest social movements that evolved into the religion now called Christianity.” [2][3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Faces of David (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1997),
  • Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: An Introduction (London: Sheffield Academic Press/Continuum, 2001)
  • Canaan and Israel in Antiquity: A Textbook on History and Religion (London: T&T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brandon University web page for Professor Noll
  2. ^ Is This Not the Carpenter? The Question of the Historicity of the Figure of Jesus London: Equinox, 2012, p. 233
  3. ^ Review of by Richard Carrier

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