My name is Kyle Hughes, and I am a Ph.D. candidate and external researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen (by way of Georgetown University and Dallas Theological Seminary). I am interested in the New Testament and Christian Origins, with specific interest in early Christian hermeneutics and the literature of the first four Christian centuries. I live with my wife and two small children just outside of Atlanta, GA, where I have the privilege of teaching AP history courses in a local high school.
About the Blog
While most blogs primarily address the trendy and controversial issues of the day, this site generally takes a different approach insofar as the focus is on what is ancient and yet no less applicable to our times. My general purpose is that this site serve as a resource for introducing the big ideas and influential scholarship concerning the study of early Christianity to interested persons outside of professional academia.
As for why this blog is entitled “Early Christian Archives,” I have taken the name from a famous passage in Ignatius of Antioch’s letter to the Philadelphians, where he recounts the following exchange with some opponents: “For I heard some people saying, ‘If I do not find it in the archives [τοῖς ἀρχειοῖς] I do not believe it in the gospel.’ And when I said to them, ‘It is written,’ they answered me, ‘That is the point at issue.’ But to me the archives [τὰ ἀρχεῖα] are Jesus Christ, the inviolable archives [τὰ ἀρχεῖα] are his cross and death and his resurrection and the faith that is through him” (Ign. Phil. 8.2).
Most scholars understand the first reference to “the archives” to refer to the Hebrew (or Old Testament) Scriptures. As such, this passage provides a glimpse into early Christian attempts to make sense of the sacred texts of Judaism in light of the Christ event, and reflects my interest in how early Christian hermeneutics, and how the first Christians read, wrote, and interpreted Scriptural texts.
Masthead art credit: Trinity, by Gerald V. Larson