Michael F. Bird
|Born||18 November 1974|
Paderborn, West Germany
|Occupation||Academic Dean and Lecturer in Theology and New Testament, Ridley College (Melbourne)|
|Alma mater||Ph.D., University of Queensland|
|Thesis||Many will come from the East and the West: Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission (2005)|
|Doctoral advisor||Rick Strelan & Robert L. Webb|
|Discipline||New Testament and Theology|
|Sub-discipline||Pauline studies, Christology, Patristics|
|Notable works||The New Testament in Its World"; "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". After becoming a Christian, he has been a Baptist, Presbyterian, and (most recently) an Anglican. He has recently been called by the reputable evangelical newsletter Eternity News 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 Brisbane School of Theology 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 The New Testament in Its World (2019, with N. T. Wright), 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 is also the author of a fantasy novel titled Iskandar: And the Immortal King of Iona
Views on Adam and Eve
Bird views Adam and Eve as a literal historical couple due to reasons of genre, genetics, and Pauline passages in the New Testament. In his systematic theology (Evangelical Theology), he writes, “Because I am convinced by cosmology and geology that the earth is old and find nothing in Scripture to contradict that. I lean toward progressive creationism as the most biblically and scientifically satisfying option. Even so, I maintain belief in a literal Adam and Eve for several reasons...”
- Bird, Michael F. (2006). 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.
- ——— (2010). Crossing over Sea and Land: Jewish missionary activity in the Second Temple period. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. ISBN 9781598564341. OCLC 430054695.
- ——— (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.
- ———; Johnson, Adam J. (2016). The Reconciling Wisdom of God: Reframing the Doctrine of the Atonement. Snaphots. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press. ISBN 9781577997252. OCLC 989057109.
- ———; Wright, N. T. The New Testament in its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. ISBN 9780310499305. - (forthcoming Nov. 2019)
- ———; Willitts, Joel, eds. (2011). Paul and the Gospels: christologies, conflicts, and convergences. Library of New Testament studies. 411. London & New York: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567617422. OCLC 697599761.
- ———; Dodson, Joseph R., eds. (2011). Paul and the Second Century. Library of New Testament studies. 412. London & New York: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567158277. OCLC 657604488.
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- Bird, Michael (May 20, 2016). "Go Ahead, Evangelicals: Use the P-Word". Christianity Today. Retrieved May 8, 2019.
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- "Christianity Today's 2015 Book Awards". Christianity Today. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
- Evangelical Theology: A Biblical and Systematic Introduction, p. 654