Michael Bird (theologian)

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Michael F. Bird
OccupationLecturer in Theology and New Testament, Ridley College (Melbourne)
Academic background
Alma materPh.D., University of Queensland
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament and Theology
Sub-disciplinePauline studies, Christology, Patristics
Notable works"Evangelical Theology"; "The Gospel of the Lord"; "Romans" in the Story of God Commentary Series

Michael F. Bird (born 1974[1]) is an Australian theologian and New Testament scholar.

In his teenage years, Bird was an atheist who saw Christianity, "as a way of oppressing people, a purely human construct." After becoming a Christian, he has been a Baptist, Presbyterian, and (most recently) an Anglican.[2] He has recently been called a "heavy hitter" in the world of New Testament scholarship and Jesus's divinity.[3]

Bird is a lecturer at Ridley College, having previously taught at Crossway College and Highland Theological College.[4] He studied at Malyon College and the University of Queensland.[4] He is also Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University.[5]

Bird has written a number of books, including Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction (2013) and The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (2014). The Gospel of the Lord won the Biblical Studies section of the 2015 Christianity Today Book Awards.[6]

Bird is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.[4]



  • Bird, Michael F. (1988). Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission. The Library of New Testament Studies. 331. London: T&T Clark. ISBN 9780567044730.
  • ——— (2007). The Saving Righteousness of God: studies on Paul, justification and the new perspective. Paternoster biblical monographs. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster. ISBN 9781842274651. OCLC 154723550.
  • ———; Crossley, James G. (2008). How did Christianity Begin?: a believer and non-believer examine the evidence. London: SPCK ; Peabody, Mass. : Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 9780281058501. OCLC 233940908.
  • ——— (2008). Introducing Paul: the man, his mission, and his message. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830828975. OCLC 262430760.
  • ——— (2009). Colossians & Philemon: a new covenant commentary. New Covenant Commentary Series. Cambridge, England: The Lutterworth Press. ISBN 9780718842819. OCLC 889271472.
  • ——— (2012). Jesus is the Christ: the Messianic testimony of the Gospels. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830828234. OCLC 812258100.
  • ——— (2013). Evangelical Theology: a Biblical and systematic introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 9780310494416. OCLC 829239510.
  • ——— (2014). The Gospel of the Lord: how the early church wrote the story of Jesus. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802867766. OCLC 854612618.
  • ———; Evans, Craig A.; Gathercole, Simon J.; Hill, Charles E.; Tilling, Chris (2014). How God became Jesus : the real origins of belief in Jesus' divine nature--a response to Bart Ehrman. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 9780310519591. OCLC 871186821.

Articles and Chapters[edit]

  • ——— (Spring 2005). "'Justified by Christ's Resurrection: A Neglected Aspect of Paul's Doctrine of Justification". Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. 22 (1): 72–91.
  • ——— (Autumn 2006). "Is There a 'Third Quest' for the Historical Jesus?". Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. 24 (2): 195–219.
  • ——— (December 2006). "'A Light to the Nations' (Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6): Inter-textuality and Mission Theology in the Early Church". The Reformed Theological Review. 65 (3): 122-.


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