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I am a biblical scholar with research interests in the areas of narrative hermeneutics, the canonical gospels, the Gospel of Thomas, and the historical Jesus.  I completed my Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the Catholic University of America in 2007 under the direction of Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B.

Teaching at St. Mary'sFrom 2005 to 2010 I taught courses in Hebrew Bible and New Testament at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. In the fall of 2010 I was appointed Assistant Professor of Religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. On this blog I am committed to providing a forum that will help others think critically about early Christianity, early Christian texts, and the development of the Jesus tradition. My home on the web can be found here.

I have been married to Tara since 1997.

Chris and Tara

Together we are the proud parents of three beautiful and very active children.

You can reach me at christopherwskinner[at]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Frank McCoy permalink
    November 13, 2009 11:35 pm

    Dear Dr. Skinner:
    I have enjoyed reading your interview with Professor Davies. Thank you!
    I am in the category of an informed layperson, and have had an interest since the late 60s in Thomas.
    I see that you have studied under Francis J. Moloney sdb. I own one book by him–The Johannine Son of Man. I am very impressed with the intellectual and scholarly skills he demonstrates in this book, so I suspect that you are fortunate for having had him as your mentor.
    I’m going to order a copy of your book, John and Thomas: Gospels in Conflict? At the current time, I think the Thomasine and Johannine groups were closer in thought than most think. For example, I see Th 22 as expressing the idea that one must be reborn as spirit to enter the Kingdom–an idea also found in John. But I do think that the two groups disagreed over the bodily resurrection of Jesus and that one of the purposes of the “doubting Thomas” incident in John 20 was to try to convince people in the Thomas group to accept the idea that Jesus was bodily resurrected. Chances are that some of my ideas on the relationship (if any) between these two groups will change after reading your book, and I look forward to reading it and learning more on the subject.

    Frank McCoy
    BA History, University of Minnesota

  2. August 15, 2010 4:43 pm


    I am a french writer. I am writing a book on the GOSPEL of Thomas.
    I am looking for a translation in Hebrew or Aramean.
    Do you know one.

    I thank you

    Frank Lalou

    • Peje Iesous permalink*
      August 16, 2010 11:19 am

      I am not aware of any resource on the Gospel of Thomas in Hebrew or Aramaic (I assume that is what you mean). Sorry I cannot be of more help.

  3. James permalink
    September 13, 2011 12:47 am

    Dr. Skinner,

    Could you kindly point me in the direction, or answer, as why The Didache, the Letter of Clement or the Gospel of Thomas was not add to the bible. It has always been an interest as to why so many different story’s were left out of the bible.

    Thank You, James

  4. drdenis permalink
    September 11, 2013 12:42 am

    I went to Catholic University of America back in the 60’s. What a great time I had, but I was only a teenager at the time. Of all my education, I appreciate the Catholic training the most. They challenged you to think on your own and the discipline was beneficial as well, for this Irish lad!

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