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Scribes & Scripture

A Conference on the History of the Bible

Discover the amazing history of history’s most amazing book.

How did a set of books written in multiple languages by dozens of authors across thousands of years become the Bible we know and trust today? How were the books chosen? How well was the text hand copied and how is it translated into English?

Explore the answers to these questions and more with Scribes & Scripture, a series of talks on the history of the Bible for churches, college ministries, and other groups from Dr. John Meade and Dr. Peter Gurry.

Upcoming Events

Dates Location Register
Feb. 19–20, 2021 Center Church in Gilbert, AZ Register
Apr. 17, 2021 Redemption Gateway in Mesa, AZ TBD
Apr. 23–24, 2021 Christ Community Church in Tucson, AZ TBD
Postponed Maranatha Baptist Church in Globe, AZ TBD
Postponed Clearview Church in Henderson, NC TBD
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Scribes & Scripture at Church on Mill in Tempe, AZ


John Meade

Dr. John Meade

Associate Professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary

John teaches Old Testament language and literature courses along with Greek electives and Biblical Theology at Phoenix Seminary. He studied the textual history of the Greek and Hebrew Old Testament at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed his MDiv and PhD. He is the Co-Director of Phoenix Seminary’s Text & Canon Institute, a contributor of the Hexapla Institute, and a member of Trinity Bible Church. Learn more

Peter Gurry

Dr. Peter Gurry

Assistant Professor of New Testament at Phoenix Seminary

Peter teaches courses in Greek Language and New Testament literature at Phoenix Seminary. He completed his ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and his PhD at the University of Cambridge where he studied the textual history of the New Testament. He is the Co-Director of Phoenix Seminary’s Text & Canon Institute and has worked with CSNTM and the Museum of the Bible. He is a member at Whitton Avenue Bible Church. Learn more


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How It Works

With expertise spanning both testaments, John and Peter bring a unique combination of knowledge that covers how the entire Bible was copied, canonized, and translated to become the book millions of people around the world read and trust. As teachers and scholars, they are eager to help Christians understand and appreciate how we got the Bible.

The format of Scribes & Scripture can vary from a one-day seminar to a full, two-day conference on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Fees vary accordingly. Here is an example schedule:

Friday Evening

1. Old Testament text Meade

2. New Testament text Gurry

Q&A Meade and Gurry

Saturday Morning

3. The canon of Scripture Meade

4. Modern translations Gurry

Q&A Meade and Gurry

More Information

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Past Events

Oct. 16, 2020 Whitton Avenue Bible Church in Phoenix, AZ

Sept. 27–28, 2019 First Southern Baptist Church of Glendale, AZ with Ratio Christi

Sept. 14–15, 2019 Clearview Church in Henderson, NC

April 6, 2019 Church on Mill in Tempe, AZ

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