In the first half of this popular little volume, Moulton seeks to present in an accessible style and manner the revolutionary research in the Greek papyri and its relevance to the study of the New Testament. More often than not, discussions of the papyri discoveries are limited to more technical volumes such as Adolf Deissmann's Light from the Ancient East. This is what makes Moulton's publish lectures so handy: they quite helpfully condense the value of the papyri from more technical works and his own research into far more accessible format.
The rest of the lectures published in this volume focus on other questions, including the origin and transmission of the gospels, the perfect timing of Christ's incarnation, and a short sermon on Revelation 14:3. The variety in these essays, from a lecture on the complex topic of textual criticism and transmission to an expository sermon on Revelation, reflects Moulton's academic interest and evangelical conviction, which he never lost sight of throughout his life.
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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."