Ancient Historiography and the New Testament

This group examines the connections between Greco-Roman historiographical literature, Jewish historiography (including the LXX), and early Christian literature (primarily the NT). Given the importance of history for Christianity (and Judaism), we look forward to exploring questions about the form, function, interpretation, and development of historiographical literature in the ancient world, as well as larger methodological questions. Contact Sean Adams ( and Daniel Smith ( Papers are now posted here.

*Papers posted here are now restricted to IBR Members only. Members must login first to access these papers.

Daniel Smith, Saint Louis University, Presiding

Edward T. Wright, Asbury Theological Seminary
Pervasive Fictionalization in Ancient Biographies: Fact or Fiction? (10 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Michael Licona, Houston Baptist University
Compositional Devices in Ancient Biography: A Comparison of Plutarch's Lives with the Synoptic Gospels (10 min)

Discussion (30 min)

Jeremiah Coogan, University of Notre Dame
Eusebius of Caesarea, Historiography, and the Gospels (10 min)

Discussion (30 min)