Michael Bird

Mike Bird (Winter)Dr. Michael Bird (Ph.D University of Queensland) is Lecturer in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia and also Visiting Research Professor at Houston Baptist University. He is also an Anglican Priest, married to Naomi, and has four children. In his leisurely time (ha!), he enjoys jogging, musical theater, red wine, and reading.


Follow him on twitter @mbird12
Find his books on his author page on Amazon.com
Read his journal articles at Academia.edu
Watch his lectures and talks on his You Tube channel.
Enjoy his Vodcast Show “The Now and the Not Yet” on Ridley’s You Tube channel.

Academic CV of Dr. Michael Bird


Bachelor of Ministries from Queensland Baptist College of Ministries (1999-2001)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Religious Studies from the University of Queensland (2002).
Ph.D from the University of Queensland (2003-2005)

Teaching Experience

New Testament Tutor at Highland Theological College (Aug 2005 – Dec 2009)
Lecturer in Systematic Theology and New Testament at Crossway College (Jan 2010 – Dec 2012).
Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry (Jan 2013 – present)


Editor for Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters (Eisenbrauns: 2010–2014)
Editor for Faithlife’s Snapshots series of books and ebooks (2015-present)
Editorial board for Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Brill: 2007–present)
Editorial board for Bulletin for Biblical Research (Eisenbrauns: 2015–2018).
Co-editor for New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade).
Associate editor for Story of God Bible Commentary (Zondervan).


Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
Society of Biblical Literature
Evangelical Theological Society
Institute of Biblical Research
Fellow at the Center for Public Christianity

Areas of Academic and Research Interests

1 Esdras (Septuagint)
Historical Jesus
Gospel of Mark
Colossians, Galatians, Romans
Pauline Chronology and Theology
Christian Origins & New Testament Theology
Epistle of Diognetus (Apostolic Fathers)
Evangelical Theology & Biblical Theology


Monographs, Text Books, and Trade Books

 Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (LNTS 331; LHJS; Edinburgh: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2006).

The Saving Righteousness of God: Studies in Paul, Justification and the New Perspective (PBM; Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2007).

With James Crossley, How Did Christianity Begin? A Believer and Non-believer Examine the Evidence (London: SPCK/Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2008).

A Bird’s-Eye View of Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message (Nottingham: IVP, 2008). Published as Introducing Paul in the USA.

Are You the One who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2009).

Colossians and Philemon: A New Covenant Commentary (New Covenant Commentary Series; eds. Craig Keener and Michael F. Bird; Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2009).

Crossing Over Sea and Land: Jewish Proselytizing Activity in the Second-Temple Period (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009).

First Esdras (Septuagint Commentary Series; Leiden: Brill, 2012).

Jesus is the Christ: The Messianic Testimony of the Gospels (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2012).

(Ed.), Four Views on the Apostle Paul (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012).

Bourgeois Babes, Bossy Wives, and Bobby Haircuts: A Modest Case for Gender Equality in Ministry (ebook; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2012).

Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).

(Author and Ed.) How God Became Jesus: The Real Origins of Belief in Jesus’ Divine Nature – A Response to Bart Ehrman (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014).

The Gospel of the Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014).

With Brian Rosner (eds.), Mending a Fractured Church: How to Seek Unity with Integrity (Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2015).

Romans (Story of God Bible Commentary; Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016).

What Christians Ought To Believe (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016).

An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks, and Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2016).

Edited Scholarly Collections

With Preston M. Sprinkle (eds.), The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster/Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2009).

With Michael Pahl (eds.), The Sacred Text: Excavating the Texts, Exploring the Interpretations, and Engaging the Theologies of the Christian Scriptures (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2010).

With Joel Willitts (eds.), Paul and the Gospels: Christologies, Conflicts, and Convergences (LNTS 411; London: T&T Clark, 2011).

With Joseph R. Dodson (eds.), Paul and the Second Century: The Legacy of Paul’s Life, Letters, and Teaching (LNTS 412; London: T&T Clark, 2011).

With Jason Maston (eds.), Earliest Christianity: History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honour of Martin Hengel (WUNT; Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2012).

With Gordon Preece (eds.), Sexegesis: An Evangelical Response to Five Uneasy Pieces on Homosexuality (Sydney, NSW: Anglican Press Australia, 2012).

With Christoph Heilig and Jay T. Hewitt (eds.), God and the Faithfulness of Paul (WUNT 2.413; Tübingen: Mohr/Siebeck, 2016).