About the Translators

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Dr. Douglas Moo, Chair

Douglas J. Moo is Blanchard Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, where he teaches and mentors students in the masters and doctoral programs. He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.) and the University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.). He was previously a faculty member at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1977-2000). He has written commentaries on several New Testament books (Romans, James, Colossians, and 2 Peter-Jude) and co-written a New Testament Introduction (with D. A. Carson). Dr. Moo has been a member of CBT since 1996.

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Dr. Kenneth Barker

Dr. Kenneth Barker is an author and speaker living in Lewisville, Texas. He holds a PhD from the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning and a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Until his retirement from the International Bible Society (IBS) in 1996, he was Executive Director of the IBS NIV Translation Center. He is one of the original translators of the NIV and a regular spokesperson for the CBT. He has served as Academic Dean of Capital Bible Seminary, Professor of Old Testament at three theological seminaries, and Visiting Professor at two others. He also is an author of commentaries on the books of Micah and Zechariah, general editor of the NIV Study Bible, and was also involved in the creation of the New International Reader’s Version. He was appointed to CBT in 1974 and for many years served as secretary of the Committee.

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Dr. Craig Blomberg

Dr. Craig Blomberg is Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He holds his PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and his MA from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of twelve books and has co-authored or co-edited seven more, along with dozens of journal articles and chapters in multi-author works. His books include three on the historical reliability and interpretation of the gospels (one on John), two on interpreting and preaching the parables, and three commentaries (on Matthew, 1 Corinthians and James). Dr. Blomberg has been a member of CBT since 2008.

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Dr. Jeannine Brown

Dr. Jeannine Brown is Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota where she also completed her M.Div in 1991. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament from Luther Seminary. Dr. Brown has consulted to two major Bible translation projects (Common English Bible and New Century Version) and has published a large number of scholarly articles. In 2007 she published a major introduction to Biblical hermeneutics. She has also made contributions to three other published books including a section on Matthew’s gospel in The Evangelical One-Volume Commentary on the Bible (rev.). Dr. Brown joined CBT in 2009.

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Dr. Gordon Fee

Dr. Gordon Fee is a leading expert in pneumatology and also in the textual criticism of the New Testament. He received a PhD in New Testament studies from the University of Southern California and MA degrees from Seattle Pacific University. He is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has taught at Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has written books on Biblical exegesis, including the popular introductory works, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, How to Read the Bible, Book by Book (co-authored with Douglas Stuart), How to Choose a Translation for all its Worth (co-authored with Mark L. Strauss) and a major commentary on 1 Corinthians as well as numerous other commentaries on various books in the New Testament. He joined CBT in 1991.

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Dr. Richard T. France

Dr. Richard T. France is a New Testament scholar and a minister in the Anglican church. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford (MA). He earned his BD at the University of London and his PhD at the University of Bristol. He worked in the 1970s as a lecturer in religious studies at the University of Ife in Nigeria. From 1981 to 1988 he taught at London Bible College in New Testament studies, and from 1989 to 1995 he was Principal of Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University. He was a parish minister in England and Wales from 1995 until his retirement in 1999. He has served for two periods on the CBT, from 1990 to 1995 and from 1999 to the present. Currently, he leads the UK delegation and is involved in Anglicizing the text for readers in the UK and the British Commonwealth.

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Rev. Dr. David Instone-Brewer

Rev. Dr. David Instone-Brewer, a British Baptist minister, was educated in Cambridge (PhD) and Cardiff (BD). After a decade as a pastor in Wales, he now holds an academic post at Tyndale House, Cambridge. His two research specialties are the Jewish background of the New Testament and software for Biblical studies. He has written books on divorce and other New Testament teachings which are illuminated by ancient Jewish documents. Dr. Instone-Brewer has been on the CBT since 2005.

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Dr. Karen H. Jobes, Secretary

Dr. Karen H. Jobes is the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College and Graduate School. She holds a PhD in Biblical Hermeneutics from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). She has written commentaries on 1 Peter and Esther and an introduction to the Septuagint (with Moisés Silva). Dr. Jobes participates in various academic organizations to stay current in her field, but finds the most refreshment from her work through regular worship at Church. She has been a member of the CBT since 1996.

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Dr. Bill Mounce

Bill Mounce specializes in the Greek language and has written a number of Greek language textbooks, including the bestselling, Basics of Biblical Greek, and many other resources. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen (PhD) and Fuller Theological Seminary (MA). He is the Vice President of Content and Learning at Olive Tree Bible Software and the president of BiblicalTraining.org, a non-profit organization offering world-class educational resources for discipleship in the local church. Formerly he was a full-time Preaching Pastor, a professor of New Testament and Director of the Greek Language Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a professor of New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. He served as the New Testament chair of the translation team for the English Standard Version of the Bible. Dr. Mounce joined the CBT in 2009.

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Dr. Mark L. Strauss, Vice Chair

Mark L. Strauss has a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary San Diego, where he has served for 15 years. Dr. Strauss is a frequent preacher at San Diego area churches and has served in three interim pastorates. He is the author of many books and articles and is a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. Dr. Strauss has served on the Committee for Bible Translation since 2005.

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Rev. Dr. Paul Swarup

The Rev. Dr. Paul Swarup is a minister with the Church of North India in the Diocese of Delhi, presently pastoring at Christ Church, Noida. He holds a PhD in OT Theology/Dead Sea Scrolls from the University of Cambridge, UK. He is a visiting faculty at the Jesuit Seminary, Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi and the Marthoma Seminary, Dharamjyoti Vidya Peet, Faridabad., Haryana. He was appointed to CBT in 2008.

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Dr. Larry L. Walker

Dr. Larry L. Walker holds a PhD from Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning. He is Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis. He has taught Hebrew and other ancient languages (such as Aramaic, Akkadian, and Ugaritic) at the seminary level for 30 years. Dr. Walker also served on the International Council of Biblical Inerrancy that drafted the “Chicago Statement on Inerrancy.” He joined the CBT in 1968.

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Dr. Bruce Waltke

Dr. Bruce Waltke is Emeritus Professor of Old Testament Studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and also taught for many years at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He received a PhD from Harvard University and a ThD and ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Waltke has travelled widely as a Bible expositor, as an Area Supervisor for excavations at Gezer, Israel, and as Director of field study trips to the Middle East and the Classical World. He is the author of many books and commentaries. He has served as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, was on the translation committee of the New American Standard Bible and the New International Version, joining the CBT in 1980.

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Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams is Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he teaches classes in Hebrew, Old Testament, and ancient Near-Eastern history and culture. He holds his PhD in Biblical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1999) and his MA in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was ordained in 2000 in the Christian Reformed Church. Dr. Williams has taught courses at Westminster Theological Seminary, the University of Pennsylvania, and in Kenya, Ukraine, and Poland. Michael is gifted in his capacity for languages. He is proficient in seven Ancient and Medieval Languages (Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, Akkadian, Ugaritic, Sumerian, Arabic and Greek), and reads French, German and Modern Hebrew. He is the author of several books and articles and joined the CBT in 2005.

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Dr. Ronald Youngblood

Dr. Ronald Youngblood became an NIV translator in 1970 and a member of the CBT 10 years later. He received his PhD from Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning and is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (BD). He has served as professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Wheaton Graduate School, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Bethel Seminary in San Diego. His translation experience during the past 30 years has included extensive work on all parts of the NIV as well as more limited tasks related to the recently launched Spanish and Portuguese NVI translations. He is also the executive editor of the NIrV, which is designed especially for younger readers and those for whom English is a second language. As an associate editor of the NIV Study Bible, he has been contacted by countless readers who have been helped and blessed by its text and notes. After teaching full-time for 40 years, he is now retired from his position as professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Bethel Theological Seminary in San Diego, California.

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