Shah, Dr. Abidan
Dr. Abidan Shah completed his PhD in New Testament Textual Criticism and holds a Masters of Divinity with languages/pastoral ministry, and a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism. He has taught in various institutions in the USA and abroad. Dr. Shah has been the Lead Pastor of Clearview Church, Henderson, NC for 21 years. You can access his sermon notes, newspaper articles, and podcasts from his blogsite abidanshah.com.
Dr. Shah is also a writer. His latest publication is a devotional which he co-authored with his wife (Nicole) titled, "Thirty Days Through a Crisis: Daily Devotions to Navigate Your Faith." He has a forthcoming publication this fall on the goal of New Testament textual criticism. He has read scholarly papers at the National and Regional meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society and contributes regularly to the local newspaper.
Prior to committing to full-time ministry, Dr. Shah served for four years as a Christian school administrator. Currently, he is also a chaplain for the local police and fire departments.
Dr. Shah’s father is a former Muslim who accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. His testimony has touched many lives all over the India and Asia. He has been serving as a pastor in India of the same church for almost 60 years.
Conference Papers and Publications
“Changing the Goalpost of New Testament Textual Criticism.” Wipf and Stock, Fall 2020 (forthcoming).
“30 Days Through a Crisis: Daily Devotions to Navigate Your Faith” (with Nicole Shah). Kindle Direct Publishing, 2020.
“Bats in the Belfry: How the CBGM Destroys Any Valid Methodology of NT Textual Criticism,” Delivered at the Eastern Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2016, Lynchburg.
“The Alexandrian Presumption of Authenticity Regarding the Matthew 27:49 Addition,” in Digging for the Truth – Collected Essays regarding the Byzantine Text of the Greek New Testament: A Festschrift in Honor of Maurice A. Robinson. Norden, Germany: FYM, 2014.
“From Mills to Muenster: How many Variants in the Manuscript Tradition of the NT?” Delivered at the Annual Evangelical Theological Society, 2013, Baltimore.
“The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy and the Shifting Text of NT Textual Criticism.” Delivered at the Eastern Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 2013, Lynchburg.
“Twenty years since the Orthodox Corruption – A Survey of Responses, Developments, and Some Overlooked Points.” Delivered at the Annual Evangelical Theological Society, 2012, Milwaukee.
“Walter Bauer and the New Quest for the (Un)Historical Text of the NT.” Delivered at the Annual Evangelical Theological Society, 2005, Philadelphia.
“Alexandrian Presumption of Authenticity Regarding the Matthew 27:49 Addition.” Delivered at the Annual Evangelical Theological Society, 2004, San Antonio.
“The Doctrine of the Trinity in its interface with Islam.” Delivered at the Annual Evangelical Theological Society, 2003, Atlanta.
"An Exposition on the Greek Text of 1 John 5:1-5." Faith and Mission Vol. 16 No. 3, (1999): 39-47. “Inerrancy and Textual Criticism.” Delivered at the Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society, 1999, Wake Forest.
Fellowships and Awards
Arthur F. and Olga M. Robinson Advanced Language Award, SEBTS 2000
Baxter C. and Wanda L. Phillips Greek Exposition Award, SEBTS 1999
The Paulino de los Reyes and Joseph Block Greek Prize, SEBTS 1999
Roy Gaines Scholarship for Journalism, SEBTS 1994
President’s Scholarship for Academic Achievement (Full Tuition), Toccoa Falls College 1991-1996
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature (pending) Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood