Pattengale said most of the speakers are excited to be a part of “Passages.”
“For many of these scholars, this is a joy for them to be involved with the Green Collection,” he said.
Pattengale said the theme that will run throughout the series is “what's new, what's most recent” in terms of research on manuscripts related to the Green Collection.
Meanwhile, Pattengale, who is distinguished senior fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion, also will be one of the series speakers.
His presentation, “Answers to New Theories Regarding How We Got the Bible,” will be Oct. 4.
Pattengale said his presentation as well as the presentations of the other scholars will help the public understand some of the challenges that have arisen regarding the Bible's authenticity.
He said each year the Bible's veracity is questioned by assorted news magazines and others. Pattengale said part of the goal of the speakers series is to explain what these challenges are, why people are so interested in them and how the Bible has stood the test of time from a historical context.
“Usually they are given too much substantive value,” he said of the challenges. “We will help to separate sensation from substance.”
“Passages” Speaker Series