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Daniel Baird Wallace (June 5, 1952-) is a professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has been tenured since 1995.

Wallace was born in California and graduated from Biola University in 1975 and later attended Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduated in 1979 with a Master of Theology in New Testament Studies. He taught at Dallas Seminary from 1979-81 and afterward at Grace Theological Seminary from 1981-83. In 1995, he earned his Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary where he continues to teach full time.

Wallace is considered an authority on Koine Greek grammar and New Testament textual criticism[1] among New Testament scholars. He has published largely in these fields and has presented many papers at The Society of Biblical Literature as well as The Evangelical Theological Society conferences.

Wallace published his first edition of Greek Grammar Beyond The Basics in 1996. It has since become a standard work in the field. Two-thirds of schools that teach the subject use the textbook.[1] He also served as senior New Testament editor for the NET Bible and has founded the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts. The purpose of the institution is to preserve the Greek text of the New Testament by taking digital photographs of all extant Greek New Testament Manuscripts.[2]

Wallace, along with DTS colleague Darrell L. Bock, has been an outspoken critic of the alleged "popular culture" quest to discredit orthodox, evangelical views of Jesus—including the writings of Elaine Pagels and Bart Ehrman[2]. Wallace critiqued Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who Changed the Bible and Why for misrepresenting commonly held views of textual criticism, especially in Ehrman's view of the "orthodox corruption of Scripture."[3] Wallace and Ehrman dialogued at the Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in April, 2008.


Hatred for the Textus Receptus

Wallace's hatred for the Textus Receptus can be seen in a 1994 article:

For the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, NT textual critics could speak with one accord: The textus receptus (TR) had finally been laid

to rest. In 1899 Marvin Vincent referred to it as an "historical monument" that "has been summarily rejected as a basis for a correct text." A. T. Robertson in 1926 declared: "The Textus Receptus is as dead as Queen Anne." Eight years later Leo Vaganay similarly pronounced last rites over the corpse. And just three decades ago Bruce Metzger could justifiably dismiss the contemporary defense of the Byzantine text in a mere footnote.

The situation today is disturbingly different. Gone is the era when KJV/TR advocates could be found only in the backwaters of anti-intellectual American fundamentalism. A small but growing number of students of the NT in North America and, to a lesser degree, in Europe (in particular the Netherlands and Great Britain) are embracing a view that was left for dead more than a century ago—namely, that the original text is to be found in a majority of MSS. ([ http://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/37/37-2/JETS_37-2_185-215_Wallace.pdf The Majority-Text Theory: History, Methods, and Critique]. Daniel B. Wallace.)

Published works


  • “Laying a Foundation: New Testament Textual Criticism,” in Interpreting the New Testament Text: Introduction to the Art and Science of Exegesis (a Festschrift for Harold W. Hoehner), ed. Darrell L. Bock and Buist M. Fanning (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006) 33-56.
  • Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ with Darrell L. Bock. Thomas Nelson, 2007. ISBN 978-0785226154
  • Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture, with J. Ed Komoszewski and M. James Sawyer. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006. ISBN 0-8254-2982-X
  • Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit? An Investigation into the Ministry of the Spirit of God Today, Ed. Daniel B. Wallace and M. James Sawyer. Biblical Studies Press, 2005. ISBN 0-7375-0068-9. Two articles in this book were written by Wallace: “The Uneasy Conscience of a Non-Charismatic Evangelical,” and “The Witness of the Spirit in Romans 8:16: Interpretation and Implications.”
  • New English Translation/Novum Testamentum Graece. Senior Editor of New Testament Translation. Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2004. ISBN 3-438-05420-5
  • The Basics of New Testament Syntax: An Intermediate Grammar. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. ISBN 0-310-23229-5.
  • A Scripture Index to Moulton and Milligan’s Vocabulary of the Greek Testament in the reprint of Moulton and Milligan (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1997).
  • Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of New Testament Greek. [ExSyn] Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  • “The Majority Text Theory: History, Methods, and Critique,” in a Festschrift for Bruce M. Metzger entitled, The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis, in Studies and Documents, volume 46 (ed. B. D. Ehrman and M. W. Holmes; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994) 297-320.
  • “Inspiration, Preservation, and New Testament Textual Criticism,” in New Testament Essays in Honor of Homer A. Kent, Jr. (ed. Gary T. Meadors; Winona Lake, IN: BMH Books, 1991): 69-102.

Journal Articles

  • “The Gospel according to Bart: A Review Article of Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006) 327-49.
  • “Greek Grammar and the Personality of the Holy Spirit,” Bulletin for Biblical Research (the journal of the Institute for Biblical Research) 13.1 (2003) 97-125.
  • "Innovations in Text and Translation of the NET Bible, New Testament." Bible Translator (Ja, Jl Technical Papers) vol 52:3, 2001. 335-349.
  • "Was Junia Really an Apostle? a Re-examination of Rom 16.7." New Testament Studies vol 47:1, 2001. 76-91.
  • "Granville Sharp : A Model of Evangelical Scholarship and Social Activism." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society vol 41, 1998. 591-613.
  • "Review of 'Levels of Constituent Structure in New Testament Greek.'" Critical Review of Books in Religion vol 9, 1996. 249-251.
  • "Historical Revisionism and the Majority Text Theory : The Cases of F H A Scrivener and Herman C Hoskier." New Testament Studies vol 41, 1995. 280-285.
  • "Who's Afraid of the Holy Spirit? The Uneasy Conscience of a Noncharismatic Evangelical." Christianity Today vol 38, 1994. 34-38.
  • "A Review of The Earliest Gospel Manuscript? by Carsten Peter Thiede." Bibliotheca Sacra vol 151, 1994. 350-354.
  • "The Majority-Text Theory : History, Methods and Critique." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society vol 37, 1994. 185-215.
  • "7Q5 : The Earliest NT Papyrus?." Westminster Theological Journal vol 56 is 1, 1994. 173-180.
  • "Reconsidering "The Story of Jesus and the Adulteress Reconsidered"." New Testament Studies vol 39, 1993. 290-296.
  • “Inspiration, Preservation, and New Testament Textual Criticism,” in Grace Theological Journal 12 (1992) 21-51 (reprint of article in Homer Kent’s Festschrift [see above]).
  • "The Majority Text and the Original Text : Are They Identical?." Bibliotheca Sacra vol 148, 1991. 151-169.
  • "Inspiration, Preservation, and New Testament Textual Criticism." Grace Theological Journal vol 12, 1991. 21-50.
  • "A Textual Problem in 1 Thessalonians 1:10 : Ek Tēs Orgēs Vs Apo Tēs Orgēs." Bibliotheca Sacra vol 147, 1990. 470-479.
  • "Galatians 3:19-20 : A Crux Interpretum for Paul's View of the Law." Westminster Theological Journal vol 52, 1990. 225-245.
  • "John 5,2 and the Date of the Fourth Gospel." Biblica vol 71 is 2, 1990. 177-205.
  • "Some Second Thoughts on the Majority Text." Bibliotheca Sacra vol 146, 1989. 270-290.
  • "Orgizesthe in Ephesians 4:26 : Command or Condition?." Criswell Theological Review vol 3, 1989. 353-372.
  • "The Majority Text : A New Collating Base?." New Testament Studies vol 35 is 4, 1989. 609-618.
  • "The Semantics and Exegetical Significance of the Object - Complement Construction in the New Testament." Grace Theological Journal vol 6, 1985. 91-112.
  • "The Relation of Adjective to Noun in Anarthrous Constructions in the New Testament." Novum Testamentum vol 26, 1984. 128-167.
  • "The Semantic Range of the Article-Noun-kai-Noun Plural Construction in the New Testament." Grace Theological Journal vol 4, 1983. 59-84.


  • 1. His mentor at Biola was Greek scholar Dr. Harry A. Sturz. Sturz influenced Wallace to adopt a text critical position of Byzantine primacy. Over the years, however, Wallace's textual views have evolved to be classified as 'reasoned eclecticism,' the view that each variant is to be considered on its own apart from text-type priorities.[3]
  • 2. Bock, Darrell L. and Daniel B. Wallace (2007) Nashville: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 078522615X
  • 3. Wallace's review of Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus: The Story of Who Changed the Bible and Why [4]

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