L. Michael White

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L. Michael White
Nationality American
Education BA (1971), MA (1973), MDiv (1975), MA (1977), MPhil (1978), PhD (1982)[1]
Alma mater Abilene Christian University
Yale Divinity School
Yale University[1]
Occupation Professor of Classics and Religious Studies
Employer Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins, University of Texas at Austin
Website Faculty homepage

L. Michael White[citation needed] is an American Biblical scholar. He is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins, and director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins, at the University of Texas at Austin.[2] He is the author or co-author of seven books, editor of four volumes and collected essays, and author of twenty-six articles. In 2011 Professor White won the University of Texas' Robert W. Hamilton Book Award, a $10,000 prize for his newest book Scripting Jesus (2010). Professor White also won the same award in 2006 for his book From Jesus to Christianity, thus making him the only Professor in the history of the University of Texas to win the award twice.[3] In addition, Professor White is also Project Director of the Ostia Synagogue Area Excavations, "Ostia Synagogue Masonry Analysis Project" or OSMAP, an archaeological field project to reevaluate the area around the ancient synagogue of Ostia Antica, the port city of ancient Rome.[4]The synagogue at Ostia Antica is the oldest synagogue in Europe, and is thought to be one of the oldest in the world.[5][6]

Professor White has served as consultant and co-writer, as well as featured in, two PBS/Frontline documentaries: From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians and Apocalypse! Time, History, and Revelation.[7] More recently Professor White is featured in the National Geographic documentary entitled Mystery of the Murdered Saints, an investigation of the supposed relics of the Christian saints Chrysanthus and Daria.[8]

Published works[edit]


  • The Tabula of Cebes: Text and Translation, Chico, California: Scholars Press, 1983
  • The HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1991
  • From Jesus to Christianity, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2004.
  • Scripting Jesus, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2010.