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Darrell L. Bock

Darrell L. Bock
Born (1953-12-12) December 12, 1953
Nationality American
Occupation research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary
Religion Christian
Denomination Evangelical
Academic background
Alma mater University of Aberdeen (Ph.D.)
Academic work
Discipline New Testament studies
Sub discipline Lukan scholar
Institutions Dallas Theological Seminary
Main interests Lukan studies
Notable works Luke & Acts in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series
Influenced F. David Farnell

Darrell L. Bock (born 12 December 1953) is an evangelical Christian New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, United States. Bock received his PhD from Scotland's University of Aberdeen.

Dr. Bock is also known for having mentored New Testament scholars F. David Farnell[1] and Daniel B. Wallace.[2]

His works include the monograph "Blasphemy and Exaltation" in the collection Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus, and volumes on Luke in both the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament and the IVP New Testament Commentary Series. Bock is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He serves as a corresponding editor for Christianity Today, and he has published articles in the Los Angeles Times and The Dallas Morning News.

Bock is known for his work concerning The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. In a response to the theological implications of the novel, Bock wrote Breaking the Da Vinci Code, his best-selling work to date. The book challenges the historicity of various extra-biblical ideas expressed in The Da Vinci Code, most notably the supposed marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene. He also has written many pieces for and Bock also wrote The Missing Gospels, which argues for the existence and legitimate primacy of early Christian proto-orthodoxy over non-canonical gospels and beliefs.

On May 17, 2006, immediately before the film The Da Vinci Code opened, Bock appeared on the TV show Nightline, talking about his book and about the movie.[3] Bock has debated agnostic bible scholar Bart Ehrman on whether the gospels have been forged.


  • Merrill, Eugene H; Darrell L Bock (1991). A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press. p. 446.  
  • Campbell, Donald K.; Jeffrey L. Townsend; Darrell L Bock (1992). A Case for Premillennialism: A New Consensus. Chicago: Moody.  
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Darrell L. Bock (1992). Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church: The Search for Definition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Pub. House.  
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Darrell L. Bock (1993). Progressive Dispensationalism. Wheaton, Illinois: BridgePoint.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (1994). A Biblical Theology of the New Testament. Chicago: Moody Press. p. 487.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (1994). Luke. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. p. 412.  
  • Bock, Darrell L. (1994). Luke, Volume 1 (1:1–9:50). BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.  
  • Bock, Darrell L. (1996). Luke, Volume 2 (9:51–24:53). BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (1996). Luke. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. p. 640.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (1998). Blasphemy and exaltation in Judaism and the final examination of Jesus : a philological-historical study of the key Jewish themes impacting Mark 14:61-64. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. p. 302.  
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Kenneth L. Gentry; Robert B. Strimple; Darrell L. Bock (1999). Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2001). Can I trust the Bible? : defending the Bible's reliability. Norcross: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. p. 64.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2002). Jesus according to Scripture : restoring the portrait from the Gospels. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. p. 704.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2002). Purpose-directed theology : getting our priorities right in evangelical controversies. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. p. 114.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2002). The Bible knowledge key word study : the Gospels. Colorado Springs: Cook Communications Ministries. p. 302.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2002). Studying the historical Jesus : a guide to sources and methods. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. p. 230.  
  • McDowell, Josh; Lee Strobel; Gary R Habermas; Darrell L Bock; Ravi K Zacharias; Paul L Maier; William A. Dembski; Brian Deacon; John Heyman; Barnet Bain; Peter Sykes; John Kirsh (2003). Jesus [videorecording]: Fact or Fiction ; the Jesus Film Project. San Clemente, California: Distributed by Inspirational Films. 
  • Bock, Darrell L (2004). Breaking The Da Vinci code : answers to the questions everyone's asking. Nashville: Nelson Books. p. 208.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2005). Jesus in context : background readings for Gospel study. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic. p. 286.  
  • Bock, Darrell L (2006).  
  • Bock, Darrell L. (2007). Acts. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic.  


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External links

  • Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus: A Philological-Historical Study of the Key Jewish Themes Impacting Mark 14:61-64.Review by Thomas R. Schreiner of
  • Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism: The Charge against Jesus in Mark 14:53-65Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Jun 2002. Review by Joel F. Williams of
  • Interview with Darrell Bock on reliability of New Testament Documents from the Centre for Public Christianity
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