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Robert C. Newman is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, Pennsylvania, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute.  His doctorate is in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University, and he has a M.Div. from Faith Theological Seminary, and an S.T.M. in Old Testament from Biblical Theological Seminary.  He has done additional graduate work in cosmic gas dynamics at the University of Wisconsin, in religious thought at the University of Pennsylvania, in hermeneutics and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary, and in biblical geography at the Institute for Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College).

He is a past President of the Evangelical Theological Society, a professional society of nearly 3000 theologians.  He has done scientific research for the U.S. Weather Bureau and the Franklin Institute.  He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a society of some 2500 Christians in the sciences, a member of the editorial board of its journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, and was formerly Chairman of its Commission on Creation.

He is coauthor of Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth (InterVarsity Press, 1977, 2007), editor of The Evidence of Prophecy (IBRI, 1988), and a contributor to Youngblood, The Genesis Debate (Nelson, 1986); Kantzer and Henry, Evangelical Affirmations (Zondervan, 1990); Montgomery, Evidence for Faith (Probe/Word, 1991); Bauman, Hall, and Newman, Evangelical Apologetics (Christian Publications, 1996); Habermas and Geivett, In Defense of Miracles (InterVarsity Press, 1997); van Gemeren, New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan, 1997); Dembski, Mere Creation:  Faith, Science and Intelligent Design (InterVarsity Press, 1998); Evans and Porter, Dictionary of New Testament Background (InterVarsity Press, 2000); Newman, Wiester, Moneymaker and Moneymaker, What’s Darwin Got to Do with It? (InterVarsity Press, 2000); and Brasher, Encyclopedia of Fundamentalism (Routledge, 2001).  He is also author of The BiblicalFirmament: Vault or Vapor? (IBRI, 2000) and of articles in The Astrophysical Journal, Planetary and Space Science, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, The Westminster Theological Journal, Grace Theological Journal, Concordia Journal, Presbyterion, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and Philosophia Christi.

He is a frequent speaker at churches and colleges on evidences for the truth of Christianity and on the interaction between science and the Bible.  He has been on TV on several occasions, including guest appear¬ances on the programs "700 Club," "100 Huntley Street" and the A&E network program "Mysteries of the Bible."

Dr. Newman is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and a resi¬dent of North Garden, Virginia.

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Genesis One and the Origin of the Earth, Second Edition (2007) by Robert C. Newman with Perry G. Phillips and Herman J. Eckelmann, Jr.


Research Reports by Robert C. Newman


The Biblical Narratives of Easter Week: Are They Trustworthy?

The positive side of a debate at Cornell University (the whole debate is here: part 1 part 2 ). Arguments against the miraculous examined; NT documents compared with other ancient histories; corroboration with pagan and Jewish authors. (1980)

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French Translation Les Récits Bibliques d e la Semaine de Pâques: Sont-ils Fiables?

German Translation Die Biblischen Erzählungen Der Osterwoche: Sind Sie Glaubwürdig?
Übersetzt von Birgit Meyr Carmichael   [ pdf format ]

Russian Translation Biblical Narratives of Easter Week


The Synoptic Problem: A Proposal for Handling Both Internal and External Evidence

The positive side of a debate at Cornell University (whole debate is on cassette #IRN-02). Arguments against the miraculous examined; NT documents compared with other ancient histories; corroboration with pagan and Jewish authors. (1990 rev.)

Demystifying the Controversy over the Textus Receptus and the King James Version of the Bible.
with Douglas S. Chinn.

The main arguments used by TR-KJV proponents are seen to be fallacious; the KJV and TR suffer from the same "problems'' as the Alexandrian text and its modern translations. Some factors lying behind the heated advocacy of the TR-KJV are suggested. (1990 rev.)


The New Testament Model of the Messiah.

Various attempts were made in the centuries following the completion of the Old Testament to understand its teachings regarding the coming Messiah. Models constructed by the rabbis, the sect at Qumran, the writers of the apocalyptic literature and the New Testament are here compared with the Old Testament data to show the striking superiority of the NT model in fitting certain paradoxical features. (1988 rev.)

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French Translation  Les Modèle du Messie Présenté dans le Nouveau Testament 

German Translation  Das Neutestamentliche Modell Des Messias 

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The Time of the Messiah

Various attempts were made in the centuries following the completion of the Old Testament to understand its teachings regarding the coming Messiah. Models constructed by the rabbis, the sect at Qumran, the writers of the apocalyptic literature and the New Testament are here compared with the Old Testament data to show the striking superiority of the NT model in fitting certain paradoxical features. (1988 rev.)

French Translation  Le Temps du Messie   [.pdf format]
  Traduit de l'americain par Sophie Thiery.

Les sources historiques des deux premiers siècles de notre ère indiquent qu'à cette
époque, l'attente du retour du Messie s'appuyait sur une prophétie de l'Ancien Testament,
probablement Daniel 9:24-27. Le calcul classique de Sir Robert Anderson, qui s'appuie
sur ce passage, soulève de sérieux problèmes. Mais il existe une alternative si les
<<semaines>> sont interprétées comme étant en fait des cycles d'années sabbatiques.

German Translation  Die Zeit des Messias  
Russian Translation  The time of the Messiah   
Spanish Translation  La Era Del Mesías  
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as fuentes historicas de los dos primeros siglos de la era cristiana indican que este fué un período  en el que se anticipaba el cumplimiento de algunas profecías del Antiguo Testamento, en particular la de  Daniel 9:24-27.  Los cálculos clásicos de Sir Robert Anderson presentan dificultades serias, pero estas pueden resolverse interpretando las “semanas” de esta profecía  como los siete años del ciclo sabático del Antiguo Testamento.  El resultado  señala a Jesús como el cumplimiento de esta profecía.

The Council of Jamnia and the Canon of the Old Testament

Liberal critics theorize that a council held about AD 90 completed the canonization of the Old Testament. Talmudic evidence is surveyed, and no evidence is found for such a council or for binding canonical decisions then. Rather a consensus on the content of the OT existed in the first century AD which was already ancient. (1983)


A Critical Examination of Modern Cosmological Theories

Basic scientific data on the nature of the universe are presented: the structure and energy sources of stars, stellar distances, Olber's paradox, galaxies and their redshifts, cosmic distance scales, quasars, and the three-degree blackbody radiation. Various cosmologies, both secular and Christian, are tested by this data. (1982)

A Critique of Carl Sagan's TV Series and Book "Cosmos"  Related Lecture.

Sagan's 'Cosmos' is evangelism for secular humanism. His treatment of Christianity is critiqued, as are his oscillating big-bang cosmology and naturalistic view of the origin of life. There is evidence for making a rational choice between worldviews. (1984)


Some Perspectives on the Image of God in Man from Biblical Theology

Using Vern Poythress' perspectival hermeneutics (Symphonic Theology, 1987), we see that man as created in God's image is taught in hundreds of Biblical passages rather than just the few which use the words "image" or "likeness." An exciting approach for presenting doctrinal theology to laymen. (1984)


Evolution-Religion and the Genesis Account  Related Lecture

In McLean vs Arkansas leaders of several mainline denominations opposed teaching creation in public schools. We suggest this opposition was theological since these leaders advocate an evolu tion-religion known as theological liberalism. Liberalism's treatment of the Genesis account is sketched, as are evidences this approach is mistaken.


The Return of Christ: Interpreting Revelation by its Allusions

Revelation is the most difficult book in the NT, yet it is filled with OT allusions which are especially helpful in understanding it. The use of such allusions for interpretation is illustrated in Rev. 19:11-21. These allusions, plus other contextual considerations, support a premillennial eschatology.


Synoptic Harmonization: Some Principles from History and the Book of Acts

Problems in harmonizing parallel passages are often raised against inerrancy in Scripture. Here, principles from history and history writing, and parallel passages in a single author suggest why and how we should harmonize. (1987)

Self-Reproducing Automata and the Origin of Life  Related lecture.

The minimal complexity for life is considered, assuming that living things are merely self-reproducing automata. Mathematical models for such automata are briefly reviewed, and Langton's very simple model is described in detail. The complexity of his automaton suggests that life is designed rather than accidental. (1987)

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Unter der Annahme, daß das einfachste Lebewesen ein sich selbst reproduzierendes Automaton darstellt, wird die kleinste Komplexi tät untersucht, die für Leben notwendig ist. Es werden in kurzer Form die Arbeiten von von Neumann, Codd und Langton vorgestellt, wobei Langtons äußerst einfaches sich selbst-reproduzierendes Automaton im einzelnen beschrieben wird. Die Komplexität von Langtons Automaton weist stark darauf hin, daß Leben nicht zufäl lig entstanden ist, sondern vielmehr einem Plan entspringt.


The Status of Evolution as a Scientific Theory  

with John Bloom, Perry Phillips and John Studenroth.

Evolution is frequently called a fact by its proponents. Here various common definitions of "evolution'' are considered, and the evidential status of each is evaluated. (1990)


Jesus: The Testimony of Prophecy and History

Several Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah are examined. It is suggested that: (1) if the Messiah has come he is Jesus; (2) the Messiah has come.  (1990)


Rumors of Angels: Using ID to Detect Malevolent Spiritual Agents

Most discussions of God's action in nature since about 1900 have ignored angelic activity, perhaps in reaction to White's
History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. Here we take another look at the biblical data on angels, and then consider what scientific data might be relevant in the light of recent interest in intelligent design (2005).

Audio Lectures by Robert C. Newman


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Lectures on Mark, Chapter by Chapter: 01 02 03 04 05 06

Lectures on The Epistles of Peter: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07

Lectures on Revelation, Chapter by Chapter: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07

Lectures on The Gospel as History: 01 02 03 04 05

Interdisciplinary Model-Making: 01 02 03

Powerpoint Lectures by Robert C. Newman

These Lectures have been updated to include audio lectures.
There are over 170 lectures in full.
Additional lectures can be found in the Da Vinci Code Series.

Papers by Robert C. Newman

The Ancient Exegesis of Genesis 6:2, 4

Anthological Exegesis in the New Testament  (2001)

Evangelicals and Crackpot Science (1994)

Evangelicals and Modern Science (1990)

Evidence for the Christian Faith (2006)

How Human Sexuality Reveals God (1996)

The Gospel of Judas  (2006)

The Star of Bethlehem: A Natural-Supernatural Hybrid?  (2001) 
La Estrella de Belén: ¿Un Híbrido Natural-Sobrenatural?

Public Theology and Scientific Method: Formulating Reasons that Count Across Worldviews (2002)
    With Hugh G. Gauch and John A. Bloom. Published in Philosophia Christi (2002) 4:45-88.  PDF Format.

Public Theology and Prophecy Data Factual Evidence that Counts for the Biblical Worldview (2002)
    With Hugh G. Gauch and John A. Bloom.

Value of a Seminary Education (1974). This is a transcript of a 1974 lecture by Dr. Newman.

Tracts by Robert C. Newman

Are the Biblical Narratives of Easter Week Reliable?

Audio: 01  02

You Bet Your Life!

A Designed Universe

Russian  Version (pdf): Russian title

Geocentrism: Was Galileo Wrong?

Joshua's Long Day and the NASA Computers

Light-Travel Time: Evidence for an Old Universe

Nostradamus and the Bible

The Tomb of Jesus (2007)

Class Notes and Syllabi

Russia Seminar Talks: Seeker's Track (1991) 
Presentation versions: Powerpoint (ppt) Acrobat(pdf)  Web(htm)  audio(mp3)
Included as an appendix to Course Notes for Apologetics by Robert J. Dunzweiler and Robert C. Newman.

Dice or Deity Seminar (1988-1992)

Lectures on Creation and Origins by Robert C. Newman with John A. Bloom, David C. Bossard, Wayne Frair, D. Gary Harlow, Perry G. Phillips, and John C. Studenroth.

Notes on The Gospel of Matthew (1994)

Acts & Pauline Epistles (1997)
    Course Syllabus:
       • Mediterranean Geography
       • Chronology and Introductions to the New Testament Books

Course Notes on Hebrews (1999)

Lecture Notes on Inerrancy and the Synoptic Problem (1977).  Audio.
Summer Theological Institute Lecture.

New Testament Backgrounds  (1991)
Course Syllabus:
       • History of Intertestament period
       • NT geography and chronology
       • NT Culture and archaeology.

The Synoptic Gospels (2005)
Course Syllabus:
       • The Historical Jesus
       • The Jewish Background
       • Authorship and Date of the Synoptics
       • Parables
       • The Gospels as Literary Works

Alfred Edersheim, Messianic Passages in the Old Testament as Cited in Rabbinic Literature. Edited by Robert C. Newman
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