Nicholas Perrin, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Franklin S. Dyrness Professor of Biblical Studies, Dean of the Graduate School
On Faculty since 2005

Office: BGC 565
Phone: (630)752-5933


Ph.D., Marquette University, 2001

Dissertation Title: “Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron”

M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary, 1994

B.A., The Johns Hopkins University , 1986

About Nicholas Perrin

In addition to working on several commentaries, I am currently focusing in on Irenaeus and his battle with the second-century Gnostics. Long term, I plan – God willing – to write two further books on the historical Jesus, one dealing with his kingdom teachings and the other treating his death. When not spending free time with my family, it usually means I am either battling the weeds in my garden or taking care of business as a founding board member of Covenant Classical School (Naperville).

“And, therefore, I shall presume to tell you, by the way, that it is a grand error, and of dangerous consequence in Christian academies … that they study the creature before the Redeemer…. If you see not yourselves, and all things, as living, and moving, and having being God, you see nothing, whatever you think you see. If you perceive not, in your study of the creatures, that God is all, and in all, and that ‘of him, and through him, and to him, are all things,’ you may think, perhaps, that you ‘know something; but you nothing as you ought to know.’…. It is a most high and noble part of holiness, to search after, behold admire, and love the great Creator in all his works.” – Richard Baxter

Courses Taught

  • New Testament Criticism (BITH 452/543)
  • Biblical Theology (BITH 469/552)
  • New Testament Exegesis (BITH 646)
  • New Testament Theology (BITH 648)
  • Jewish Backgrounds (BITH 552)
  • New Testament Literature and Interpretation (BITH 213)

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • North American Patristic Society
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Center of Theological Inquiry


  • Second century
  • Historical Jesus
  • New Testament Theology
  • Gospels
  • Publications and Papers Presented


Books Published

The Exodus Revealed: Israel's Journey from Slavery to the Promised Land (New York: Faith Words, 2014).

Finding Jesus in The Exodus: Israel's Journey from Slavery to the Promised Land (New York: Faith Words, 2014).

Jesus the Temple (London: SPCK; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic: 2010).

Lost in Transmission: What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus (Nashville: Thomas Nelson: 2007).

Thomas: The Other Gospel (London, SPCK; Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox: 2007).

The Judas Gospel (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006).

Questioning Q (Mark Goodacre and Nicholas Perrin, eds.; Downers Grove , Ill. : InterVarsity; London : SPCK, 2004).

Thomas and Tatian: The Relationship between the Gospel of Thomas and the Diatessaron (Academia Biblica 5; Atlanta : Society of Biblical Literature; Leiden : Brill, 2002).

Representative Articles

“The Diatessaron and the Second-Century Reception of the Gospel of John ,” in T. Rasimus ed., The Legacy of John: The Second Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel (NovTestSup 132; Leiden: Brill, 2009), 301-18.

“Where to Begin with the Gospel of Mark?” in Currents in Theology and Mission 35 (2008 ), 413-19.

“The Aramaic Origins of the Gospel of Thomas – Revisited,” in Das Thomasevangelium: Entstehung -- Rezeption -- Theologie (J. Frey, J. Schröter, E.E. Popkes eds.; BZNW 157; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2008), 50-59.

“Eschatological Aspects of the Sinai Experience in Patristic Interpretation,” in Israel in the Wilderness: Interpretations of the Biblical Narratives in Jewish and Christian Traditions ( K. E. Pomykala, ed.; Themes in Biblical Narrative 10; Leiden: Brill, 2008), 173-82.

Representative Reviews

“Review of Klyne R. Snodgrass, Stories with Intent,” HBT 32 (2010) 123-27.

“Review of Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Wendy E. S. North, eds. Early Jewish and Christian Monotheism,” BBR 19.4 (2009) 622-23.

“Review of Outi Lehtipuu, The Afterlife Imagery in Luke’s Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus,” BBR 19.4 (2009) 611-12.

“Review of April D. DeConick, The Original Gospel of Thomas,” BBR 19.2 (2009) 307-08.

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