Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Theology at Quincy University. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. Matt writes with a posture of faith seeking understanding, desiring to serve the church, academy, and any reader of goodwill. A new book Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic) is now available. His previous The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015), focuses on how certain reading strategies helped early Christians to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. He has also written a book on the Apostle Paul’s method of interpreting Scripture: The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press, 2012). He enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation. His personal website contains a brief bio and further info about his publications, while articles can be downloaded here.
Matthew J Lynch (Ph.D., Emory University) is Dean of Studies at Westminster Theological Centre, UK. Matt’s primary teaching area is Old Testament. Prior to teaching at WTC, Matt lived with his spouse Abi and their two kids in Germany, where he completed post-doctoral research on conceptions of divine supremacy in Persian period biblical literature. Matt is the author of Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014) and various articles on the Old Testament. Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges, and understand its ongoing significance. Matt is currently writing a book on representations of violence in the Old Testament, and blogs at theologicalmisc.net.
Dru Johnson (Ph.D., University of St Andrews) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at The King’s College in New York City and a Research Fellow at the Logos Institute (University of St Andrews, Scotland). His main area of research has focused at exploring the philosophical and intellectual world of the biblical literature. His most recent books include a forthcoming trade book currently titled Our Ritualed World: The Sacramental Life We Barely Know (Eerdmans, 2018), Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel (Routledge, 2017), Knowledge by Ritual: A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology (Eisenbrauns, 2016), Biblical Knowing: A Scriptural Epistemology of Error (Cascade, 2013) and its shorter and easier-to-read companion volume: Scripture’s Knowing (Cascade, 2015).
He is currently an Editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism monograph series; an Associate Director for the Templeton Jewish Philosophical Theology Project, a co-chair and founder of the Hebrew Bible and Philosophy program unit in the Society of Biblical Literature, and a steering committee member for the Scripture and Church Seminar
in the Institute for Biblical Research.
His Twitter handle is @dru_johnson (feel free to stalk him). [Photo credit: Jonathan Rothermel]
Erin M. Heim (Ph.D., University of Otago) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. Erin’s primary area of teaching and research is Pauline literature, but she also dabbles in theological interpretation, hermeneutics, and feminist interpretation. Erin is married to Peter, who is a bi-vocational pastor and social worker, and they have two kids. She is a Mennonite by conviction, though not by last name, and she and her family live and minister in the Ruby Hill neighborhood in Denver, Colorado at Garden Park Mennonite Brethren Church. Erin is passionate about her scholarship mobilizing the church to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, and she gets particularly excited about helping students to grapple with the magnitude of the gospel, and about practicing hospitality in her neighborhood. She is also passionate about equipping and supporting women to fulfill their callings in the church and the academy, and she serves on the advisory board of the Logia initiative at the University of St. Andrews, and on the board of the Denver Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Erin is the author of Adoption in Galatians and Romans (Brill, 2017) and numerous essays and articles on adoption, Paul, and metaphors. She also speaks and writes on issues surrounding contemporary practices of adoption and their intersection with Christian ethics and praxis. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading good literature, gardening, hiking, cooking, coffee, sitting on the patio in the evening, and dancing in the living room with her kiddos.