Dennis Ingolfsland

Director of Library Services / Professor of Bible

Department: Bible


What are the main classes you teach at Crown?

  • New Testament History
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Jesus and Apologetics (graduate class)

Degrees & Institutions you received them from:

  • B. A. (Bible/Theology; Biblical Languages ). Calvary Bible College
  • M.A.L.S. (Library Science). University of Missouri—Columbia
  • M.A. (Theological Studies). Fuller Theological Seminary
  • D.Phil. (Religion and Society). Oxford Graduate School (TN)

Published works or other accolades?

Nearly 40 articles, one book, three "Amazon Kindle books," a dozen professional conference papers, over 70 published book reviews and more than 4,000 blog posts.

Blogs:

http://www.reclinercommentaries.com/

http://dennis-ingolfsland.blogspot.com/

http://muhammadbiography.blogspot.com/

https://sites.google.com/site/muhammadorjesus/home

Before Crown, what did you do?

I served in the United States Air Force as a "crew chief" and air crew debriefer on the C-5 Galaxy (one of the world’s largest planes). Before that, I was a farm hand and milked cows for a large dairy farm.

Your Testimony?

I came to Christ as my lord and savior when I was ten years old while attending a Bible camp in Avon Montana. I was later baptized in a C&MA church in Burlington, Washington.

Favorite Bible verse and why?

First Chronicles 28:10b-13 is one of my favorite passages because it expresses the praise of my heart: Blessed are you, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name."

Hobbies, Interests, Affiliations?

I am the pastor of ValleyView Baptist Church in Shakopee. I love going places and doing things with my wife. I love spending time with my kids and playing with my grandchildren. I am a voracious reader and enjoy writing.

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Crown?

The opportunity to affect the next generation of students with a passion for Jesus.

What differentiates your program from similar offerings at other colleges?

I would be among the Bible teachers who are not just trying to instruct the head, but attempting to move the heart.

How do you define "Academic Excellence?"

Academic excellence involves teaching a lot of information and helping students sort through, analyze, synthesize, critically evaluate and deeply mediate on some of that information. Academic excellence gives students a sense of how much they really don’t know, and a thirst to know more. It motives students to apply what they’ve learned to their lives. It changes them.

From a career standpoint, what will students be prepared to do with a degree from your program?

  • A knowledge of God’s Word and a passion for Christ should help to prepare dedicated Christian men and women for any profession they enter.
  • What would you say to parents of prospective students about having their son/daughter at Crown?
  • Crown is not just a "Christian-in-name-only" college. Crown professors are not just experts in their field who also happen to be Christians. They are dedicated followers of Christ who are also experts in their field.
  • Two Success Stories that showcase what your current (or recent) students are doing in your program
  • I have former students who are now pastors, or missionaries, or have gone on to Ph.D. programs, or who are teaching in other Christian Colleges.


Publications


Books

  • Clement of Rome; Salvation by Faith or Works? Amazon Kindle Book, 2010.
  • Jesus, Muhammad and Fundamentalism. Amazon Kindle Book, 2010.
  • The Least of the Apostles; the ministry and letters of Paul in chronological order. GlobalEdAdvance Press, 2009.
  • The Third Quest for the Historical Jesus; A Bibliographic Guide Amazon Kindle Book (Feb 3, 2011).
  • Dissertation: The Historical Jesus as a Test Case for Censorship in American Academic Libraries.

Articles

  • "Jesus Christ: Did he really rise from the dead." Shakopee Valley News (March 29, 2012), 5.
  • "Is there a Library in our Future?: iPad and the future of small college libraries. The Christian Librarian; Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians (55:2, 2011), 66-69.
  • "Books on the Historical Jesus as a test case for selection bias in American Academic Libraries." Journal of Religious & Theological Information. 8:1-12, 2009.
  • "Jesus according to Muhammad." Bridge (Spring, 2008), 24-25.
  • "Jesus Remembered; James Dunn and the Synoptic Problem." Trinity Journal (27NS) Fall 2006, 187-197.
  • "The Gospel of Judas and other lost gospels." Bridge. (Summer 2006).
  • "A Summary Critique: The Gospel according to Borg" Christian Research Journal. 28 (6) 2005, 44-46
  • With Nathan Fritz and Anne Reynolds. "TREN Dissertations at Crown College." The Christian Librarian; Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians. 48 (3) 2005. 97-98.
  • "Resources for the Historical Study of Jesus." The Christian Librarian; Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians. 48 (2) 2005. 35-40.
  • "Attention Deficit Disorder; It’s not just about kids." Psychology for Living. 46 (2) 2004). 6-7.
  • "The Quest for the Historical Jesus." Choice; Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. (May 2004) 1587-1595.
  • "Fighting Censorship in America: Who are the Real Censors?" The Christian Librarian; Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians. (46:3, 2003), 86ff.
  • "Kloppenborg’s Stratification of Q and its Significance for Historical Jesus Studies." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, (46/2 June, 2003), 217-232.
  • "Jesus and the ‘Earliest’ Sources." Christian Research Journal. (25:3, 2003), 25-31.
  • "The Historical Jesus According to John Dominic Crossan’s First Strata Sources: A Critical Comment. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. (September 2002), 405-414.
  • "A Review of Contemporary Research on Jesus." Alliance Academic Review (2002) 71-84.
  • "Affirming the Critics" Facts for Faith. (Quarter 3, 2002), 49-55.
  • "The Lost Gospel of Q." Facts for Faith. (Quarter 3, 2002), 52.
  • "An Evaluation of Bart Ehrman’s Historical Jesus." Bibliotheca Sacra (April-June, 2001): 181-197.
  • "Who do the Critics Say that I Am?" Facts For Faith. (Quarter 3, 2000), 43-48.
  • "The Grace of God and Human Failure." In From the Heart of a Lion." Dayton, TN : Bryan College Press, 2000, p. 16.
  • "The Third Quest for the Historical Jesus." Christian Library Journal. (Winter 2000): 13-14.
  • "The Historical Jesus According to John Meier and N.T. Wright." Bibliotheca Sacra. (October-December 1998): 460-473.
  • "Who was Jesus Really?" Power for Living. (June 21, 1998) 2-6.
  • "The Best Jesus Books of 1988-1997." The Jesus Archive. www.jesusarchive.combooks_best.html
  • "Archaeology and John 11:48". Companions. 25:4 (December 21, 1997).
  • "Q, M, L and Other Sources for the Historical Jesus". The Princeton Theological Review. 4:5 (October, 1997) 17-22.
  • "The Modern Quest for Jesus" Companions. 24:12 (August 24, 1997)
  • "A Review of Who Wrote the New Testament? Bibliotheca Sacra. (April-June, 1997) 205-221.
  • "The Christian and Armed Militias" Companions 24:8 (April, 1997) 1-2
  • "The Modern Quest for Jesus" Alliance Life. (Sept 25, 1996) 6ff.
  • "The Electronic Library: A Reality at Bryan College." The Christian Librarian(April, 1995) 50-52.
  • "Library keeps expanding computer research resources" BryanLife, (Spring, 1994) 7.
  • "Featured Collection: Bryan College." Tennessee Librarian. (Fall, 1994) 5-6.
  • "Discipleship Bibliography." The Christian Librarian. (May, 1993) 73-77, 83.
  • "Computers linking library to the world." Bryan Life. (Spring, 1993) 16.
  • "The 'Teacher of Righteousness' and the Book of Daniel". Archaeology and Biblical Research. (Summer, 1989) 69-76.

Conference Papers

  • "A Review of Jesus Research" by James Charlesworth (Professor and director of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls project at Princeton University) presented at the annual convention of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, 2011. My paper was followed by a paper by Craig Blomberg. Dr. Charlesworth was on hand to critique our papers personally. This was followed by a panel discussion between Dr. Charlesworth, Dr. Blomberg and myself.
  • "The Personal Ethics of Clemens Romanus; Did Clement of Rome teach salvation by faith plus works?" Paper presented at the annual convention of the Evangelical Theological Society, New Orleans, LA, 2009.
  • "The Gospel of Thomas and the Synoptic Gospels." Paper presented at the annual convention of the Evangelical Theological Society, Valley Forge, PA, November, 2005.
  • "Jesus Remembered: An assessment of James Dunn’s New Proposal for Historical Jesus Research" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, November 2004.
  • "An Analysis of Kloppenborg’s Stratification of Q and its Significance for Historical Jesus Studies." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Toronto, Canada, November 2002.
  • "The Historical Jesus According to John Dominic Crossan’s First Strata Sources." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Colorado Springs, CO, November, 2001.
  • "The Third Quest for the Historical Jesus." Lecture to DPhil students of Oxford Graduate School presented at Kellogg College, Oxford University in January 2001.
  • "The Historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith." Paper presented to the Oxford (TN) Society of Scholars at St. Michael’s Church, Oxford, England, January 2001.
  • "The Historical Jesus: The Methodology and Conclusions of Bart Ehrman." Paper presented at the Southeastern regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Jackson, Tennessee, March 2000.
  • "The Historical Jesus According to John Meier and N.T. Wright: A Comparison of Historical Methodology and Conclusions." Paper presented at the Southeastern regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Columbia South Carolina, March, 1998.
  • "Q, L, M, and Other Early Sources for the Historical Jesus." Paper presented to the Southeastern regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Dayton, Tennessee, March 7, 1997.
  • "Burton Mack’s Revision of Christian History" Paper presented to the Southeastern regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Mobile, Alabama, March, 16, 1996.

Book Reviews

  • Allison, Dale. Constructing Jesus; Memory, Imagination and History, published in CHOICE, April 2011.
  • Barker, Gregory. Jesus beyond Christianity published in CHOICE, October 2010.
  • Barnett, Paul. After Jesus. Vol. 3: Finding the Historical Christ. Reviewed in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, (53/2) June 2010.
  • Bauckham, Richard. Jesus and the eyewitnesses: the Gospels as eyewitness testimony. In CHOICE, June, 2007.
  • Borg, Marcus. Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary. Reviewed in The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 50:4 (December 2007), 837-839
  • Ben-Chorin, Schalom. Brother Jesus: The Nazarene through Jewish Eyes. In Choice (December, 2001) 252.
  • Bock, Darrell and Robert Webb. Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus. In Choice, August 2011.
  • Bock, Darrell L. Studying the Historical Jesus: a guide to sources and methods. In Choice (December, 2002), 230.
  • Boyd, Gregory A. Cynic Sage, or Son of God; Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 73.
  • --. The Jesus Legend published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, September 2008 (638-640)
  • Bunson, Matthew. Encyclopedia of the Roman Empire. Rev. Ed. In Christian Library Journal (February 2003), 51.
  • Burridge, Richard. "Four Gospels; One Jesus; A Symbolic Reading." Reviewed in The Christian Librarian; Journal of the Association of Christian Librarians. 51 (1) 2008, 55.
  • Burridge, Richard A. What are the Gospels?; A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 71.
  • Cahill, Thomas. Desire of the Everlasting Hills; the World before and After Jesus in Choice (April, 2000) 1484.
  • Carey, Greg. Sinners: Jesus and his earliest followers. In Choice, August 2009.
  • Catchpole, David. Jesus people: the historical Jesus and the beginnings of community. In CHOICE, January 2007.
  • Denton, Donald. "Historiography and Hermeneutics in Jesus Studies: An Examination of the Work of John Dominic Crossan and Ben Meyer. In the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September 2005, 642-543).
  • Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period. In The Christian Librarian (44:1) 2000, 33.
  • Dillard, Raymond B. and Tremper Longman III. An Introduction to the Old Testament. in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 71. 
  • Dungan, David L.Constantine's Bible: politics and the making of the New Testament. In CHOICE, April 2007.
  • Dunn, James. Jesus’ Remembered; Christianity in the Making In Choice. (March, 2004).
  • Dunn, James. Jesus Remembered; Christianity in the Making. Vol. 1. In the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (December 2004; 47:4) 714-716. 
  • Dunn, James and Scott McKnight. The Historical Jesus in Recent Research. In The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. December 2006, 842-844.
  • Ehrman, Bart. Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium, in Choice (January, 2000).
  • Erickson, Millard, J. "The Concise Dictionary of Evangelical Theology" in Christian Library Journal (7 : 2/3, 2002), 78-79
  • Evans, Craig, ed. Review of Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus in CHOICE, November 2008.
  • Harrington, Daniel J. Historical Dictionary of Jesus published in CHOICE, February, 2011.
  • Harris, Murray. Jesus as God : The New Testament Use of "Theos" in Reference to Jesus in the Christian Library Journal. (Winter/Spring, 1999) 80.
  • Henry, Carl. The Identity of Jesus of Nazareth. In Christian Librarian. (May, 1994) 81-82.
  • Heyward, Carter. Saving Jesus From Those Who are Right; Rethinking what it means to be Christian in Choice (May, 2000).
  • Hemer, Colin J. The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 72.
  • Hengel, Martin. The Hellenization of Judaea in the First Century after Christ in the Christian Library Journal. (Winter/Spring, 1999) 96.
  • Jenkins, Philip. Hidden Gospels; How the Search for Jesus Lost its Way in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (September, 2003) 550-552.
  • Johnson, Phillip E. Reason in the Balance; The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law and Education in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 70.
  • Johnson, Phillip E. Reason in the Balance; The Case Against Naturalism in Science, Law and Education in the Journal of Christian Apologetics. (Winter, 1997), 117.
  • Knohl, Israel. The Messiah Before Jesus; The Suffering Servant in the Dead Sea Scroll in Choice (April, 2001). 
  • The Knowing Jesus Study Bible in the Christian Library Journal (Winter, 2000), 58.
  • King, Karen L. "The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the first woman apostle." Choice; Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (June 2004)
  • Licona, Mike. The Resurrection of Jesus; A New Historiographical Approach published in CHOICE, June, 2011.
  • Larsen, Dale and Sandy. 7 Myths about Christianity in the Christian Library Journal. (Winter/Spring, 1999) 82.
  • Maier, Paul. In the Fullness of Time in the Christian Library Journal (January, 1997) 65.
  • Meier, John. A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Vol. 4: Law and Love. Review published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53/3 (September, 2010), 646.
  • McClymond, Michael J. "Familiar Stranger: an introduction to Jesus of Nazareth." Choice; Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (December 2004)
  • McNicol, Allan, ed, with David Dungan and David Peabody. Beyond the Impasse; Luke's Use of Matthew in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 71-72.
  • Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, in Christian Librarian. (August, 1992) 116.
  • Meier, John. A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Vol. 4: Law and Love. Review published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53/3 (September, 2010), 646.
  • Moreland, J.P and Michael J. Wilkins. Jesus Under Fire. in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997), 74
  • Most, Glenn W. "Doubting Thomas" Reviewed in Choice, February, 2006.
  • Neusner, Jacob and William Scott Green, eds. Dictionary of Judaism in the Biblical Period. In The Christian Librarian (44:1), 2001, 33.
  • New Living Translation in Christian Library Journal. (Winter/Spring, 1999) 78.
  • Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology in Choice. (July/August, 2000) 1995.
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in the Christian Library Journal. (September, 1997) 74.
  • Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in the Journal of Christian Apologetics. (Winter, 1997) 118.
  • Patterson, Stephen J. Beyond the Passion: rethinking the death and life of Jesus. In Choice; Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.. (February 2005)
  • Price, Robert M. Deconstructing Jesus. In Choice (November, 2000).
  • Rousseau, Philip. The Early Christian Centuries, In Choice. (November 2002) 333.
  • Schussler Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Jesus and the politics of interpretation. In Choice (May 2001).
  • Stein, Robert H. Jesus the Messiah: A Survey of the Life of Christ. in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 74.
  • Stewart, Robert B and Gary Habermas. Memories of Jesus: A Critical Appraisal of James D.G. Dunn’s Jesus Remembered. Published in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, September, 2011.
  • Stott, John. The Message of Acts in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 72-73.
  • Thomas, Gordon. The Jesus Conspiracy; An Investigative Reporter’s Look at an Extraordinary Life and Death. Scheduled for publication by The Christian Library Journal.
  • Thompson, Marianne Meye. The Promise of the Father; Jesus and God in the New Testament. Scheduled for publication in The Christian Librarian.
  • Wenham, David. "Paul and Jesus" In The Christian Librarian. 8:1 (2005): 20.
  • Wenham, John. Redating Matthew, Mark and Luke. in Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 72.
  • Witherington, Ben. The Acts of the Apostles : A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary in Christian Library Journal. (Winter/Spring, 1999) 79.
  • ---. The Indelible image: the theological and ethical thought world of the New Testament: v. 1 The individual witnesses. Reviewed in Choice, April 2010.
  • ---. The problem with evangelical theology: testing the exegetical foundations of Calvinism, Dispensationalism, and Wesleyanism. Reviewed in Choice, May 2006.
  • ---. The Jesus Quest; The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth. in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997). 75.
  • Wright, Chris. The Uniqueness of Jesus. In http://www.lifeway.com
  • Wright, Tom. Jesus and the Victory of God in Christian Library Journal (Winter/Spring, 1999) 79.
  • ---. The New Testament and the People of God. in the Christian Library Journal. (Fall, 1998) 75.
  • ---. The Original Jesus; the Life and Vision of a Revolutionary. in the Christian Library Journal (March, 1997) 75.
  • Yancey, Philip. The Jesus I Never Knew in the Christian Library Journal (January, 1997) 66.