Darrell Bock

Darrell Bock

Darrell L. Bock is a 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.

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.


Challenging The Da Vinci Code

Bock is most known for his recent 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 beliefnet.com and ChristianityToday.com. Dr. Bock's latest book is The Missing Gospels, which argues for the existence and legitimate primacy of early Christian 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.[1]


  • Bock, Darrell L. The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities / ISBN 978-0785212942
  • Bock, Darrell L. Breaking The Da Vinci code : answers to the questions everyone's asking / Darrell L. Bock. Nashville : Nelson Books, c2004. xx, 188 p. ; 22 cm. ISBN 0-7852-6046-3 (hardcover)
  • Bock, Darrell L. Breaking the da Vinci code : answers to the questions everyone's asking / Darrell L. Bock. Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2004. 239 p. (large print) ; 22 cm. ISBN 0-7862-6967-7 (alk. paper)
  • Bock, Darrell L. 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 / Darrell L. Bock. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, c1998. xiv, 285 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN 3-16-147052-4
  • Bock, Darrell L. Blasphemy and exaltation in Judaism : the charge against Jesus in Mark 14:53-65 / Darrell L. Bock. Blasphemy and exaltation in Judaism and the final examination of Jesus Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, 2000. xiv, 285 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-8010-2236-3 (pbk.)
  • Bock, Darrell L. The Bible knowledge key word study : the Gospels/ Darrell L. Bock. Colorado Springs, Colorado : Cook Communications Ministries, c2002. 430 p. ; 25 cm. ISBN 0-7814-3444-0 (hardcover)
  • Bock, Darrell L. Can I trust the Bible? : defending the Bible's reliability. / Darrell L. Bock. Norcross, Georgia : Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, c2001. 64 p. : port. ; 21 cm. ISBN 1-930107-03-X
  • Bock, Darrell L. Jesus according to Scripture : restoring the portrait from the Gospels / Darrell L. Bock. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic ; Leicester, England : Apollos, c2002. 704 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-8010-2370-X
  • Bock, Darrell L. Jesus in context : background readings for Gospel study / Darrell L. Bock. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic, c2005. 286 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-8010-2719-5
  • Bock, Darrell L. Luke / Darrell L. Bock. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan Pub. House, c1996. 640 p. ; 24 cm. ISBN 0-310-49330-7 (hardcover)
  • Bock, Darrell L. Luke / Darrell L. Bock. Downers Grove, Illinois : InterVarsity, c1994. 412 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-8308-1803-0 (hardcover)
  • Bock, Darrell L. The missing Gospels : unearthing the truth behind alternative Christianities / Darrell L. Bock. Nashville : Nelson Books, c2006. xxvi, 230 p. ; 22 cm. ISBN 0-7852-1294-9
  • Bock, Darrell L. Purpose-directed theology : getting our priorities right in evangelical controversies / Darrell L. Bock. Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, c2002. 114 p. ; 21 cm. ISBN 0-8308-2725-0
  • Bock, Darrell L. Studying the historical Jesus : a guide to sources and methods. / Darrell L. Bock. Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Academic ; Leicester, England : Apollos, c2002. 230 p. : maps, geneal. ; 23 cm. ISBN 0-8010-2451-X
  • Campbell, Donald K.; Jeffrey L. Townsend, Darrell L Bock (1992). A Case for Premillennialism: A New Consensus. Chicago: Moody. ISBN 0802408990. 
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Darrell L. Bock (1992). Dispensationalism, Israel and the Church: The Search for Definition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Pub. House. ISBN 0310346118. 
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Darrell L. Bock (1993). Progressive Dispensationalism. Wheaton, Illinois: BridgePoint. ISBN 156476138X. 
  • Blaising, Craig A.; Kenneth L. Gentry, Robert B. Strimple, Darrell L. Bock (1999). Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. ISBN 0310201438. 
  • Merrill, Eugene H; Darrell L Bock (1991). A Biblical Theology of the Old Testament. Chicago: Moody Press. p. 446. ISBN 0802407382. 
  • Bock, Darrell L (1994). A Biblical Theology of the New Testament. Chicago: Moody Press. p. 487. ISBN 0802407358. 
  • 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. 

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