Matthew Bates, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology

  • 1800 College Ave
  • Quincy, IL 62301
  • Francis Hall 406
  • 217-228-5432 ext:3620

Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Theology at Quincy University. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. He also teaches courses in Western Religion, Church History, and Christian Spirituality.

Dr. Bates writes with a posture of faith seeking understanding, with a desire to serve the church, academy, and any reader of goodwill. A new book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic, 2017) is now available for order. His recent The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015) focuses on how certain reading strategies helped early Christians to see that the one God can be differentiated as multiple persons. He has also written on the Apostle Paul’s method of interpreting Scripture: The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press, 2012). A current book project, to be published by Eerdmans, explores the process by which Jesus came to be enthroned as king, as well as the theological implications for us today.

Dr. Bates co-hosts a popular podcast on biblical studies called OnScript. The podcast focuses on interviewing authors in the field of biblical studies about their recent books. He has hosted some of the most renowned biblical scholars in the world.

You can download Dr. Bates’s articles, visit his personal page, or go to the OnScript website to listen to a podcast.

Dr. Bates enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation.

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University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Degree Ph.D. (August 2010)
Dept./Area: Theology / Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity
Dissertation: “Paul and the Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Kerygma: Reassessing Paul’s Scriptural
Interpretation in Light of His Hermeneutical Statements and His Prosopological
Committee: David E. Aune (director); John P. Meier and Brian E. Daley (readers)
Grad. Honor: The Winner of The Shaheen Graduate School Award in the Humanities—
The Top Graduation Prize, Competitive Across All Disciplines

Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia
Degree: M.C.S. (April 2004)
Concentration: Biblical Studies
Project (Dual): O.T. Comprehensive Exams and N.T. Comprehensive Exams
Grad. Honor: The Biblical Studies Prize

Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
Degree: B.S. (May 1999)
Major/Minors: Physics; Mathematics, Chemistry
Grad. Honor: Summa Cum Laude