Talking Points 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 9:00am - 3:00pm| Matthews Auditorium, GRTS

The Bible is...

  • an ancient text written to an ancient culture.
  • a relevant word from God himself for today.

In these two realities lay the challenge of pastors and students of the Bible.

  • How do we understand the meaning of the biblical text in its original context?
  • How do we translate the text into the vocabulary of today's reader?
  • How do we speak the relevance of the Bible to our contemporary culture?


Session One:

Biblical Text in Ancient Culture 

Daniel Watson, Ph.D.

Session Two:

Biblical Text in Contemporary Culture         

Douglas Moo, Ph.D.

Session Three:             

Biblical Text & Cultural Relevance

Scot McKnight, Ph.D.





Daniel R. Watson, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Old Testament

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Watson is an experienced Bible teacher in both church and academy, coming from a family background of pastoral ministry at churches in Indiana.

Watson is a graduate of Liberty University, holds a Master of Theology from Grace Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Philosophy from Hebrew Union College. He is also a former Erskine Peters Dissertation Fellow at the University of Notre Dame.



Douglas Moo, Ph.D. | Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies

Wheaton College

Chair, Committee on Bible Translation (NIV)

Moo has published several theological works and commentaries; most notable among them are An Introduction to the New Testament, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans (NICNT), and Colossians and Philemon (PNTC). He is also active in his local church, serving as an elder, in teaching and preaching to the church, and in conducting home Bible studies.

Moo previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for over 20 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


Scot McKnight, Ph.D.

Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies
North Park University

McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the author of more than thirty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others

McKnight was elected in to the Hall of Honor at Cornerstone University in recognition of his basketball accomplishments during his college career. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham.