Neil R. Lightfoot

neil r. lightfootNeil Lightfoot (1929-2012) was a professor of New Testament at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He taught upper level textual classes and specialized in the gospels. He was Greek text editor and a translator for International Children’s Version, New Testament; The Word: The New Century Version; and The Everyday Bible. He was a member of South 11th and Willis Church of Christ in Abilene, where he had served as an elder and minister.

Lightfoot earned his BA and his MA, both in philosophy, from Baylor University in 1952 and 1955, respectively. He received his PhD in New Testament studies from Duke University in 1958. He authored numerous articles and publications.

Dr. Lightfoot was my faculty advisor and chaired my thesis committee for my MA in New Testament at Abilene Christian University. As a teacher he managed to balance demanding a lot from us with being kind and approachable. He always had a ready answer to our questions on any biblical or text-critical topic. His scholarship was outstanding.

1721803: How We Got the BibleHow We Got the Bible by Neil Lightfoot / ACU Press
How old are the earliest Biblical manuscripts? How did early Christians decide which writings to include in the Bible? Why do we have so many different translations of the Bible? How has the Bible been preserved and transmitted to us?How We Got the Bible provides well-researched, accessible answers to many questions like these.

  • Learn about the first materials used to write down the words of Scripture.
  • Uncover the facts of some of history’s most fascinating archaeological discoveries including those of the Sinaitic Manuscript, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  • Travel through history, from Jerome to Tyndale and beyond, as Lightfoot discusses the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible.

Illustrations and review questions at the end of each chapter make this book ideal for either individual or group study. Concise and engaging, How We Got the Bible is a useful resource for anyone who wants to know the story behind the most widely read book of all time.

Everyone’s Guide to Hebrews (2002)


Jesus Christ Today: A Commentary on the Book of Hebrews (1989)

Parables of Jesus (1986)

The Role of Women: New Testament Perspectives (1978)

Lessons from the Parables (1976)[TOP]