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Michael Bird (theologian)

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

Michael F. Bird
Nationality Australian
Occupation Lecturer in Theology and New Testament, Ridley College (Melbourne)
Academic background
Alma mater Ph.D., University of Queensland
Academic work
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

In his teenage years, Bird was an atheist who saw Christianity, "as a way of oppressing people, a purely human construct." He is now described as a, "heavy hitter in the world of", New Testament scholarship and Jesus' divinity.[2]

Bird is a lecturer at Ridley College, having previously taught at Crossway College and Highland Theological College.[3] He studied at Malyon College and the University of Queensland.[3] He is also Distinguished Research Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University.[4]

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.[5]

Bird is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.[3]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Lim, Anne (11 March 2016). "How an atheist became a leading Christian scholar". Eternity News. Retrieved 15 December 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mike Bird". Ridley College. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Houston Baptist University hires four new professors in School of Christian Thought". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-08-13. 
  5. ^ "Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards". Christianity Today. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 

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