Larry is a scholar of the New Testament and Christian origins, with posts in higher education since 1975.  In August 2011, he retired from his post as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology (University of Edinburgh).  His research focuses mainly on the origins and development of “devotion to Jesus” in earliest Christianity, and also on textual criticism and the study of earliest Christian manuscripts as informative artifacts of ancient Christianity.

In his retirement, Larry lives in Edinburgh, and continues to pursue his research interests and supervise PhD students in the area of New Testament & Christian Origins.  He regularly updates his blog, which has received over 300,000 hits since it began two years ago and includes a page of pre-pubication essays for download.

He is the author of:

God in New Testament Theology. Nashville:  Abingdon Press, 2010.  ISBN 978-0-687-46545-3.

 How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God? Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2005.  xii + 234 pp.  ISBN 0-8028-2861-2.  Hebrew translation:   Beersheva:  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Press, 2006 (ISBN 965-342-911-6).  Hungarian translation:  Hogyan lett Jézus Istenné a földön?(Pannonhalma:  Bencés Kiadó, 2008). ISBN 978-963-9226-76-0.   Italian translation, Come Gesù divenne Dio? (Brescia:  Paideia Editrice, 2010).

Lord Jesus Christ:  Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity Grand Rapids:  Eerdmans, 2003. (xxii+746 pp.). ISBN 0-8028-6070-2.   Italian translation: Signore Gesù Cristo (Introduzione allo studio della Bibbia, 32-33; Brescia:  Paideia Editrice, 2006).  Spanish translation:  Señor Jesucristo (Salamanca: ediciones Sígueme, 2008). French translation, Le Seigneur Jésus Christ (Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 2009). Korean translation (Seoul:  Holy Wave Plus, 2010).

Selected journal articles and essays in multi-author works:

1. “Manuscripts and the Sociology of Early Christian Reading.”  In The Early Text of the New Testament, eds. Charles E. Hill, Michael J. Kruger. Oxford: OUP, 2012. Pp. 49–62.

2.  Jesus Among Friends and Enemies:  A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus and the Gospels. with Chris Keith, eds. Grand Rapids:  Baker Academic, 2011.  ISBN:  978-0801038952.

3.  Who is this Son of Man?  Latest Scholarship on a Puzzling Expression of the Historical Jesuswith Paul Owen, eds.  London:  T&T Clark, 2011.  ISBN 978-0567-52119-4.

4. “What do Earliest Christian Manuscripts Tell Us About Their Readers?”  In The World of Jesus and the Early Church:  Identity and Interpretation in Early Communities of Faith, ed. C. A.   Evans. Peabody, MA:  Hendrickson Publishers, 2011.  Pp. 179-92.

5. “Going for the Bigger Picture:  Eldon Epp as Textual Critic.”  TC:  A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 15 (2010).

6. “The Origins of Jesus-Devotion:  A Response to Crispin Fletcher-Louis.” Tyndale Bulletin 61 (2010):  1-20.

Visit Larry’s Edinburgh staff page