Michael Bird (theologian)
Michael F. Bird
|Occupation||Lecturer in Theology and New Testament, Ridley College (Melbourne)|
|Alma mater||Ph.D., University of Queensland|
|Discipline||New Testament and Theology|
|Sub-discipline||Pauline 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) 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. He has recently been called a "heavy hitter" in the world of New Testament scholarship and Jesus's divinity.
Bird is a lecturer at Ridley College, having previously taught at Crossway College and Highland Theological College. He studied at Malyon College and the University of Queensland. He is also Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University.
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.
- 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
- ——— (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-.
- Halcomb, T. Michael W. (2012). Entering the Fray: A Primer on New Testament Issues for the Church and Academy. Wipf and Stock. p. 280. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Lim, Anne (11 March 2016). "How an atheist became a leading Christian scholar". Eternity News. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
- "Mike Bird". Ridley College. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- "Houston Baptist University hires four new professors in School of Christian Thought". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
- "Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards". Christianity Today. Retrieved 16 December 2014.