Elijah Hixson honored by Museum of The Bible Scholars Initiative

We are very pleased to announce that Elijah Hixon, PHD candidate here at New College has received the Edwin M. Yamauchi Award for Excellence in Textual Studies.

The 2016 Edwin M. Yamauchi Award for Excellence in Textual Studies is being awarded to two students from University of Edinburgh and Fuller Theological Seminary. The award, given annually by Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative, is presented to young scholars who have demonstrated rare aptitude in biblical language studies, shown exceptional academic performance and are pursuing terminal degrees.

The honor includes an annual graduate stipend renewable for up to three years, and recipients may be invited to present their research at the Scholars Initiative summer workshop in Oxford, England, and given access to research artifacts in the Museum of the Bible Collection—one of the world’s largest private assemblages of biblical texts and antiquities.

This award is named after eminent ancient historian and Professor Emeritus at Miami University (OH), Edwin Maseo Yamauchi, Ph.D.

“Dr. Yamauchi, renowned for his scholarship, is more widely admired for the time and energy he invested in mentoring younger scholars and the depth and graciousness of his character,” said Michael Holmes, Ph.D., executive director of the Scholars Initiative, the research arm of Museum of the Bible. “It’s an honor to have his blessing on this award and to have two exceptional recipients displaying commitment to these same qualities.”

We are very pleased to say that Elijah Hixson, aPHD candidate in Early Christianity here at New College is a 2016 recipient of this award.

“Elijah Hixson is an outstanding Ph.D. student with an insatiable academic curiosity in regard to all aspects of New Testament textual criticism,” said Paul Foster, professor and head of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. “He is engaged in groundbreaking research on the so-called ‘Purple Codices,’ and he already has several important publications to his name.”

About Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative

The Scholars Initiative is the research arm of the Museum of the Bible. A select group of senior research scholars from academic institutions around the world conduct and mentor primary research on items from the Museum of the Bible Collection—one of the world’s largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts—through the initiative. Leading experts in the fields of papyri; Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Egyptian and Ethiopic texts; Coptic, medieval, Middle Eastern, early Jewish and early American artifacts; illuminated manuscripts; and Christian tradition and spirituality are mentoring teams of established and student scholars who are pioneering new biblical discoveries.