I just read Nicholas Perrin’s Lost in Transmission, which I would certainly recommend to anyone interested in exploring how the personal story of a scholar relates to their scholarship, and any conservative Christian wanting to hear from an Evangelical scholar about the need to not simply dismiss historical investigation, academic inquiry, and other fields of knowledge relevant to understanding the Bible.
There are points here and there that I would disagree with (for instance, when Perrin attributes far greater significance to Gerhardsson’s work on memorization and tradition than it deserves), but there is one more significant overarching criticism. The book tries to present itself as a response to Bart Ehrman’s book Misquoting Jesus. But it isn’t, and reading it with that expectation will result only in disappointment.
All I can add to that is “here here!” Oh, and I was glad Nicholas answered the question that has been on my mind since I first heard him read a paper at SBL: No, he isn’t related to Norman.