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. 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 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 Associate Director for the Templeton Jewish Philosophical Theology Project, the co-chair and founder of the Hebrew Bible and Philosophy program unit in the Society of Biblical Literature, and on the steering committee 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]