Feedback of Scholars

What do Bible Scholars say about my articles?

"Thanks for sharing this, Duane.  
You have done  good work in summarizing and presenting the interplay of oral and written scribal traditions in the Old Testament."
Dennis Olson
Charles Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies
Princeton Theological Seminary

Were the Early New Testament scribes mostly zealous amateurs, or were they well trained and careful Professionals? - Apri 15, 2020

"Thanks for the link to your post. I think it raises some very important issues and gives your audience some valuable information so that they can consider things for themselves. Most of what you say sounds generally right and helps point people to the relevant publications."
Dr. Zachary J. Cole
Author, Numerals in Early Greek New Testament Manuscripts: Text-Critical, Scribal, and Theological Studies

Which is the More Accurate Translation of John 1:1 - "the Word was God" or "the Logos was divine" or "the Word was a god"? - April 14, 2020
"Very nicely done, Duane!"

Craig Blomberg
Author, A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis 

"It a very good and accurate article.

Daniel Ferrer Isern 
Biblical Greek Teacher 
Israel Institute of Biblical Studies

Was Jesus Really Crucified? - April 8, 2020
"This is great and indeed is very useful.  Thank you and wishing you joy on Easter. Christ is risen!"

Gabriel Said Reynolds
Author, The Qur'an and the Bible: Text and Commentary
Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology
University of Notre Dame

4 non-Catholic Bible Scholars who Agree with Us on Exodus 20:4 - April 3, 2020
"Nicely done Duane. I know this is the biggest issue in the Philippines and it is the reason that most people leave the church. The whole issue of statues and images is huge where you live. So, it is great that you wrote this excellent article. Spread it widely! Keep up the good work!" 
Steve Ray
Author of the best- selling books Crossing the Tiber, and St. John's Gospel

Is COVID-19 the Fulfillment Written in Revelation 6:8? - March 23, 2020

"Well done, Duane!  This is very well argued and well written.  The point you make is a key one about how to interpret Biblical texts:  we can't simply  read our own prejudices and grudges, from this age we live in, back into the prophetic word of God.  These are more general warnings about human  sinfulness, which apply to all of us in every age."
Brian Daley, SJ 
Catherine F. Huisking 
Professor of Theology
University of Notre Dame

"I like your blog. Well done!"
David Bosworth, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Old Testament
and Biblical Studies Area Director
The Catholic University of America 

Dear Brother Duane:
"I read your article and I think you did a fine job of explaining the text and answering the wrong interpretation, citing many good sources. In Revelation, Babylon represents the powerful consumerist pagan culture, originally of Rome but really of every age, not the Catholic Church or any church.   We are exhorted to spiritual separation from that consumerist culture of Babylon (Rev 18), so as not to share in its judgment.   This is an  important message if properly understood.Keep up the good work!
Dr. Peter S. Williamson 
Author, Revelation (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) 
Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Sacred Scripture 
Sacred Heart Major Seminary Detroit, MI 

"It conveys the correct approach and gives the proper way to understand apocalyptic, and it is very well written and handsomely illustrated."
Eugene Ulrich, M.Div., Ph.D.
Author, The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Origins of the Bible (Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature)
Professor of Hebrew Scriptures emeritus
University of Notre Dame

"I agree with your take on Revelation.  The key thing to understand about Revelation is it is referring primarily to things that were happening in the first century using OT language describing things that happened much earlier.  For instance the language of the plagues is based on language used originally to Pharaoh in Egypt.  This is how Biblical prophecy works.  It is less about telling the future than it is using language from the past to explain God's will in the present.That said, maybe we can apply the language of Revelation to things happening in our own world.  The Bible is relevant for us too!   But the way to understand that relevance responsibly is first to do the work to understand the words according to what they meant to the original author.  As you say, that is tricky to do." 
Peter D. Brown, PhD
Academic Dean
Catholic Distance University 

Is the Bible Corrupted due to Numerous Textual Variants in Greek Manuscripts? - September 19, 2018

"Your video is well done, accurate, and easy to understand. In the final frame at the conclusion of yours, it seems a shame that the other videos on textual criticism are attacking "errors" in the Bible—that variant readings mean it's "corrupt." Yours is a good response."
Eugene Ulrich, M.Div., Ph.D.
Professor of Hebrew Scriptures emeritus
University of Notre Dame

"Duane, I looked at the video. Overall, it is very good and accurate. But it’s missing several details. The most important is that there are variants that do affect the meaning and have a decent possibility of reflecting the original wording. These, too, need to be addressed."
Daniel B. Wallace
Senior Research Professor of NT Studies 
Dallas Theological Seminary

"Duane, Just watched it. Very good job, thank you!"
Andreas Kostenberger
Director of the Center for Biblical Studies
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dear Bro Cartujano,
Thank you for the link to your Youtube video on textual variants. The three examples you give are generally correct. Although I would point out that variant spellings of names may be due to geographical variation rather than scribal fatigue. And there are, of course, many other types of variant readings than the three you discuss. But I agree with the overall point of your video that the NT is not corrupt simply because of the many textual variants.
Karen H. Jobes, Ph.D.
Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor Emerita 
of New Testament Greek & Exegesis
Wheaton College and Graduate School

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