To meet all the Center’s 2016-2017 interns, see here. –Ed.
East coast bred, paleo-evangelist, recovering sneakerhead connoisseur, and a lover of all things Willy Wonka. I was shocked when I first heard the news that Dr. Wallace invited someone like me to work as an intern at CSNTM. “Me? Dr. Wallace, this has to be some kind of joke.” After calming my fears, I realized that the invitation to join a star-studded group of interns was nothing short of a miracle (in laymen terms, I was nothing like my brilliant peers). As a recent graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, I knew that my academic journey would be sweeter if I embarked on a movement much bigger than my current sneaker collection.
My time at CSNTM has been eye opening, to say the least. In less than a year, I’ve been able to index Greek New Testament manuscripts, write academically, eat pizza, eat more pizza, and take on various unique projects. The most fascinating assignment involves comparing the work of the great British paleographer Frederic G. Kenyon with CSNTM’s and identifying differences between his transcriptions and images in light of our digital photographs. That involves comparing not one, not two, but three different significant papyrus manuscripts! Let’s just say that I have my work cut out for me.
Now that I’m an Associate Pastor in Redwood Valley California, I’ve been able to hone in on skills that have opened doors not only into my teaching, but also in my ability to trust the historical reliability of the New Testament text. The freedom and guided direction by CSNTM is something that I’ve come to appreciate not only in my time as an intern—it’s something I’m going to truly appreciate for a lifetime.
Howdy, my name is David Lopez, and I have been blessed beyond belief to have the opportunity to be an intern at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) this past year. I took Dr. Wallace’s Greek classes during my first year at Dallas Theological Seminary, and learned a tremendous amount from him. I am a native Texan from Corpus Christi and San Antonio. I am a graduate of Texas A&M University at College Station, and I can say with complete confidence that my Aggie pride still is strong.
I remember seeing a glimpse of some of the material the CSNTM has on its website while in Dr. Wallace’s class, and how complete my inability was to comprehend the structure and the handwriting necessary to transcribe and translate the text. The first thing I learned in this internship was how to begin reading these manuscripts. What grew out of this newfound confidence in my ability to read was a stronger confidence in what the manuscripts say. While exploring different aspects of textual criticism, and investigating a few textual questions of my own, I believe that I am able to confidently move forward in my own faith, and help others move forward as well.
My goal in ministry is to serve in the church. I hope, by God’s grace, to be a pastor and I currently have an ardent desire to be involved with youth ministry. This internship has been amazingly helpful in building a new kind of foundation that I can share with my church’s youth as well as the future congregations that I pray I will play a small part in.