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British New Testament scholar
Philip Maurice Casey
(1942-10-18)18 October 1942
Sunderland, United Kingdom
10 May 2014(2014-05-10) (aged 71)
Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature
Philip Maurice Casey (18 October 1942 - 10 May 2014) was a British scholar of New Testament and early Christianity. He was an emeritus professor at the University of Nottingham, having served there as Professor of New Testament Languages and Literature at the Department of Theology.
Casey was born in Sunderland. His father was the Anglican vicar of Wheatley Hill, but after his death his mother moved to Chevington and Casey to boarding school at Woodbridge School, Suffolk. He entered Durham University having intended to become an Anglican priest, but changed his views in 1962 while completing his undergraduate degree in theology. Casey stated that he had not held any religious beliefs since. In 1978 he gained a doctorate in Divinity from Durham.
Casey's Aramaic ideas were challenged by Stanley E. Porter in Excursus: A response to Maurice Casey on the Languages of Jesus citing modern scholarship, that the linguistic environment of Roman Palestine was probably multilingual.
Casey also held some unconventional views about the New Testament: for example, he believed that the Gospel of Mark was written in c. 40 AD (while most scholars believe that it was written in c. 70 AD) and that the Gospel of John is completely deprived of historicity (whereas most scholars believe that some historical kernels can be found in that text as well).
Casey, Maurice (1976). The interpretation of Daniel VII in Jewish and Patristic literature and in the New Testament: an approach to the Son of man problem (Ph.D.). London: British Library. OCLC640114346.
——— (1991). From Jewish Prophet to Gentile God: The Origins and Development of New Testament Christology. Edward Cadbury lectures, 1985-86. Cambridge, England & Louisville, KY: T&T Clark & Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN9780227679203. OCLC24302203.
——— (1998). Aramaic Sources of Mark's Gospel. Society for New Testament Studies - Monograph Series. 102. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN9780511035975. OCLC49726109.
——— (2002). An Aramaic Approach to Q : Sources for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Society for New Testament Studies - Monograph Series. 122. Cambridge, UK & New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN9780511061158. OCLC57146437.
——— (2007). The Solution to The "Son of Man" Problem. Library of New Testament Studies. 343. London & New York: T & T Clark. ISBN9780567140494. OCLC741690930.
——— (2010). Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching. London & New York: T & T Clark. ISBN9780567104083. OCLC858048706.
^Maurice Casey - Jesus: Evidence and Argument Or Mythicist Myths? 2014 - Page 37 "... many more details of my ordinary life here than I did in the original draft of this book. I was born in 1942, in the middle of an air raid in Sunderland. My father was the Anglican vicar of Wheatley Hill, a mining village some seven miles outside .."
^Maurice Casey An Aramaic Approach to Q: Sources for the Gospels of Matthew 2002 "Sources for the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Maurice Casey. ...wrote sound Hebrew as a living literary language. They also make it probable that some Jews spoke Hebrew."
^Maurice Casey Aramaic Sources of Mark's Gospel 1998 - Page 61 "Hebrew found in the Evan Bohan, a fourteenth-century Jewish anti-Christian treatise by Shem-Tob "