Review: Leon Morris and Constantine Tischendorf

During the course of a busy academic year, I often find it difficult to read certain books that I am not required to read for my scholarly writing or teaching. So I put those aside for the following July or August when things typically slow down and mark them as summer reading. This includes scholarly biographies and other books of interest to the New Testament or biblical scholar. This year, books such as these included the following three: Stanley Porter’s Constantine Tischendorf: The Life and Work of a 19th Century Bible Hunter (London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2015); Neil Bach’s Leon Morris: One Man’s Fight for Love and Truth (Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2015); and David A. deSilva’s Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean Revolt (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2015). Perusing deSilva’s volume was helpful in stirring my historically informed imagination in preparing to teach a Ph.D. seminar on Ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman Literature. But my primary engagement was with the two scholarly biographies on Leon Morris and Constantine Tischendorf


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