This collection of essays, published posthumously, reflects Moulton's broad interests from apologetics, Synoptic Gospel studies, the historical Jesus, linguistics, textual criticism, and missiology. Fundamentally, Moulton was deeply involved in the major questions and issues of his day, issues that continue to be discussed and debated. How do we relate the claims of Scripture to the challenges of science? What is the relationship among the first three Gospels with their similarities and differences? How can linguistic and grammatical study of language generally impact the study of the New Testament text? How should missionaries deal with the intersection of Christ and culture? Moulton touches on all these questions and more, bringing his insightful thinking to bear on each one of them with his witty and accessible writing style.
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James Hope Moulton was born in 1863. The son of Dr. William F. Moulton, he followed in his father's footsteps as a scholar of Ancient Greek. Moulton attended King's College at Cambridge before becoming a tutor at the Wesleyan College in Didsbury, Manchester in 1902. As his renown grew as a linguist and scholar, he was appointed as the Greenwood Professor of Hellenistic Greek and Indo-European Philology at Manchester University in 1908. During the academic lull caused by World War I, Moulton traveled to India as a missionary in October, 1915. It was on his return home that the ship they were traveling on was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Gulf of Lion south of France. James Hope Moulton died at sea after three days in a lifeboat on April 9th, 1917. On hearing of the tragedy, Adolf Deissmann wrote to Moulton's brother William, "I received the sad news of the sudden tragic death of your brother, my most intimate friend in England and my deserving colleague."