Robert Horton Gundry is an American
New Testament scholar and Westmont College's Scholar-in-Residence. He received his Ph.D. from
Manchester University in 1961 and taught for several decades at
Taught at::Westmont College in California.
In 1973 Gundry published
The Church and the Tribulation: A Biblical Examination of Posttribulationism. This outstanding piece of scholarship still stands as one of the best works on the End Times and the return of Christ. In 1977 he followed up with another book addressing
the controversy regarding the timing of the Second Coming when he published
First the Antichrist: Why Christ Won't Come Before The Antichrist Does.
In 1982 he published
Matthew: A Commentary on His Literary and Theological Art analyzing the
Gospel of Matthew. Gundry used redaction criticism in his work. He thus argued that Matthew adapted the story of Jesus to appeal to the intended audience. Especially problematic was Gundry's
assertion that Matthew made historical additions to the infancy story in Matthew 1 and
This sparked a major of controversy in the
ETS. Gundry contended his work did not question the inerrancy of Matthew. Rather he argued that the Bible was never
meant to be a work of history and that the religious content contains no errors. Gundry's view was supported by a significant portion of the ETS. The Society's executive looked into the matter and at first cleared Gundry. However a campaign
against Gundry was launched, spearheaded by Norman Geisler. This campaign succeeded and in December 1983 Gundry was expelled from the ETS.