BURKITT MEDAL FOR BIBLICAL STUDIES
PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER TUCKETT
University of Oxford
For more than two decades Christopher Tuckett has been the leading British scholar on the Gospels, the Gospel traditions of the New Testament, the non-canonical Gospels and other early Christian writings. His regular publications in this area have given him an enviable international reputation.
Special mention should be made of his meticulous scholarly critique of the somewhat surprisingly popular view (The Da Vinci Code, and all that) that some, or many, of the apocryphal Gospels attest a Jesus tradition which is as old and as historically reliable as that of the New Testament Gospels. Equally effective has been his critique of the thesis that there is documentary evidence for the existence of radically different kinds of Christianity during the middle decades of the first century.
His publications include The revival of the Griesbach hypothesis (1983), Reading the New Testament (1987), Q and the history of early Christianity (1996) and Luke (1996).
In 2013-14 Professor Tuckett has been elected by his peers to serve as President of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the pre-eminent international association for New Testament studies.