Craig Evans is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins and Dean of the School of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University in Texas. A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, he received his M.Div. from Western Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Claremont Graduate University in southern California. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. A well-known evangelical scholar, Evans is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

After teaching one year at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Evans then taught for thirteen years at the Divinity College at Acadia University in Nova Scotia. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.

Author and editor of more than sixty books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale and other universities, colleges, seminaries and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible.

Along with countless interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US, Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History Television and others. He also has served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. (Click here for recent programs.)

Upcoming Events & Social Media:
  • 13 April 2016
    Kennesaw State University, Georgia: Debate with mythicist Richard Carrier
  • 23-23 April 2016
    Toronto and Barrie, ON: Apologetics Canada plenary speaker
  • 6-7 May 2016
    Lanier Theological Library, Houston: Panel discussion with Simon Gathercole
  • 5-9 Jun 2016
    Israel College of the Bible, Netanya, Israel: Teaching one week intensive "History of Second Temple Period"
  • 10-19 June 2016
    Hosting and teaching on the Houston Baptist University Israel Tour
  • 9/10 and 16/17 Jul 2016
    Preaching at Second Baptist Church, Houston
  • 2-5 Aug 2016
    Society of New Testament Studies, Montreal, Quebec
  • 10 Sept 2016
    Speaking at Chosen People Messianic Conference, Toronto, ON
  • 6 Oct 2016
    Giving Deere lecture at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, California
  • 25-27 Nov 2016
    Johann Gutenberg Biblical Archaeology Conference lecturer, Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
    • Lecture 1: “The Archaeology of Manuscript Finds: Problems and Prospects"
    • Lecture 2: “How Long were Late Antique Literary Manuscripts in Use?"
    • Lecture 3: “New Discoveries Relating to Nails Used in Crucifixion."
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Jesus and the Jihadis offers hard-hitting criticism of Islamic extremism, especially as seen in the Islamic State (ISIS), but authors Craig Evans and Jeremiah Johnston want it to be understood clearly they are not "anti-Muslim." They target the practitioners of hate and the ideology that lies behind it, not the Muslim people themselves. Evans and Johnston have great concern for Muslims. Purchase on Amazon.

Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture

New Release! Craig A Evans's book Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture is now available for 33% off! To get this discount, and for a full description and more information, visit this website.

Archaeological evidence is essential for enhancing our understanding of Jesus' life and the society in which he lived. Illuminating the material culture of the first century, Evans offers 13 essays exploring topics such as the importance of artifacts; hanging and crucifixion in Second Temple Israel; postmortem beliefs in Jewish and pagan epitaphs; and more.

“. . . a splendid collection of state-of-the-art-question essays . . .” Dale Allison, Princeton Theological Seminary

400 pages, Hendrickson Publishers (2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1619707054
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God Speaks: What He Says. What He Means.

No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the Bible, God Speaks will bring its timeless truth alive as you view it with fresh eyes and apply its restorative power to your life.

Far from a dusty old book of do’s and don’ts, the Bible is a relevant and eternal message of love and reconciliation that holds the power to shape society and transform lives. Dr. Craig Evans, a consultant on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s blockbuster miniseries The Bible, unfolds Scripture with compelling clarity. God Speaks will equip you to provide answers to skeptics’ questions about the Bible’s true message.

By taking readers on a journey through each part of the Bible, God Speaks…
  • Examines the Bible as a force for progress in economics, justice, charity, and human rights
  • Explores the Bible’s power to shape culture and transform individual lives
  • Extols God’s deeply resonant message of forgiveness and hope for all
  • Equips readers with tools to understand Scripture to apply its ever-enduring precepts to daily living
272 pages, published by Worthy Publishing (July 7, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617954818
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Getting Jesus Right: How Muslims get Jesus and Islam Wrong

by Craig A. Evans and James A. Beverley, edited by Marina Hofman-Willard

Is it possible that muslims are wrong about Jesus and various tenets of Islam? Is the famous Muslim writer Reza Aslan mistaken in his portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth and apologetic for Islam? Professor James Beverley and Professor Craig Evans take an in-depth look at subjects at the core of the Muslim-Christian divide: the reliability of the New Testament Gospels and the Qur'an, and what we can really know about Jesus and the prophet Muhammad. Importantly, they also examine the implications of traditional Islamic faith on the status of women, jihad and terrorism.

"The authors deal with every topic, from ancient manuscripts to terrorism, from Jesus to Muhammad, from the Crusades to colonialism, with accuracy, originality and courage. Getting Jesus Right is a provocative and powerful work." - David Cook Associate professor of Religion, Rice University, and author of Understanding Jihad

"This book is a scholarly and devastating critique of Reza Aslan's views on Jesus and Islam." - Robert Spencer New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad

"A learned and wide-ranging book" - Tom Holland Author of In the Shadow of the Sword

352 pages, published by Castle Quay Books (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1927355459
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From Jesus to the Church

Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families—the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other—eventually lead to the formation of Christianity?

In this study, best-selling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE—beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple—led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church; 2) the ways in which Jesus's proclamation of the "Kingdom of God" relate to the Christian Church; 3) the role of James, brother of Jesus, in the new movement in Jerusalem; 4) the tension between James and Paul in the matter of law and works; 5) the conflict between the families and followers of Jesus and those of the high priest Annas before the destruction of the temple; and 6) the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion, whereby the Church moved away from its Jewish roots. An appendix further explores the reasons behind the rift between the Jesus movement and the synagogue. This fascinating volume is suitable for historical Jesus and early church studies, along with anyone else interested in learning about the very first followers of Jesus.

(Westminster John Knox, Feb 2014)
ISBN: 9780664239053

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Jesus and His World by Craig A EvansJesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.

Questions are included at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for group or individual study

(Westminster John Knox, Mar 2012)
ISBN: 9780664234133

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Matthew: New Cambridge Bible Commentary

This book is a verse-by-verse analysis of the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the gospel, which describes the world of Jesus and his first followers. This commentary explores the historical, social, and religious contexts of Matthew and examines the customs, beliefs, and ideas that inform the text. Unfamiliar to many readers of the New Testament, this background will help readers fully understand the text of Matthew, which focuses on what Jesus taught and why the religious authorities in Jerusalem rejected his message and gave him up to the Roman governor for execution. This book will be an important tool for clergy, scholars, and other interested readers of Matthew.

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Jesus the Final Days by Craig A EvansJesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened

What do history and archaeology have to say about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection? How were criminal trials and executions conducted during the time of Jesus? Was Jesus really raised from the dead? Together, Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright address these important topics (in the UK: SPCK; in North America: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

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Fabricating Jesus
How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

By Craig A. Evans
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Fact: The Gospel of Thomas is late, not early; secondary, not authentic. Contrary to what a few scholars maintain, the Gospel of Thomas originated in Syria and probably no earlier than the end of the second century.

Gospel of Peter, which describes a talking cross, is late and incredible. In fact, the fragmentary document that we have may not be the Gospel of Peter at all. The document that we have may date to the fourth or fifth century.

The "secret" version of the Gospel of Mark, allegedly found in the Mar Saba Monastery, is a modern hoax. Analysis of the hand-writing betrays the tell-tale signs of forgery.

The distinctive conclusions of the Jesus Seminar are rejected by most scholars in North America and Europe.

There is absolutely no credible evidence that Jesus had a wife or a child.

The evidence is compelling that the New Testament Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John--are our best sources for understanding the historical Jesus. The New Testament Gospels are based on eyewitness testimony and truthfully and accurately describe the teaching, life, and death of Jesus.

Jesus was not a Cynic; in all probability he never encountered a Cynic. No killer monks (albino or otherwise) number among the membership of Opus Dei.

All descriptions of documents, literature, and archaeology in this book are accurate.

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