Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2014
Ph.D. in Biblical Theology (New Testament), Wheaton College (2014)
M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (2010)
B.A. in Bible, Cedarville University (2003)
About Michael Kibbe
To study Scripture at Wheaton is to practice what Thomas Weinandy preached: “God is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be deepened.” To study the New Testament in particular, as I do, is to encounter the living Jesus, flesh-and-blood human and eternal God, as the fullest and deepest revelation of that mystery.
It is the complexity and mysteriousness of this person Jesus that drives my teaching and research. Because Jesus was a first-century Jew, we must study first-century Jewish culture. Because he taught in Galilee, we must examine Galilee. Because he was put to death via the collusion of numerous power structures in Jerusalem, we must face those power structures as well as the ways in which Jesus undermined them and emerged from the tomb victorious over them. Because he is God himself, equal in power and glory with the Father and the Spirit, Paul’s claim that we are “in him” is itself a mystery beyond comprehension that must be unrelentingly pursued and deepened. I could go on, of course—the depths of Jesus Christ and all that we are and have in him can never be fully plumbed. How’s that for job security?
My specific passion lies at the intersection of biblical and theological inquiry. Only in recent years has such an intersection even existed in the biblical guild, and I rejoice at the growing recognition that biblical scholars and theologians have something to say to each other. But this connection lies at the heart of Christian liberal arts colleges like Wheaton, where we bring our whole minds (and bodies!) to each and every inquiry—biology informs economics, literature informs psychology, political science informs theology, and so on.
When not drinking deeply of the mysteries of Scripture, I spend as much time as I can outdoors—walking in forest preserves with my wife (Annie) and son (Sean), and running all over Wheaton with Sean in his jogging stroller. Annie and Sean and I attend Blanchard Alliance Church (Wheaton), where I serve occasionally in preaching and worship-leading capacities. We are expecting another child, Sean’s sister, in late July 2014.
- Introduction to Greek Syntax
- New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- 2 Corinthians
Membership in Professional Societies
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Institute for Biblical Research
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Epistle to the Hebrews
- The use of the Old Testament in the New
- Doctrine of the Atonement
- Theological Exegesis
- Second Corinthians
- Reception History of Exodus and Deuteronomy
“Is It Finished? When Did It Start? Hebrews, Priesthood, and Atonement in Biblical, Systematic, and Historical Perspective.” Journal of Theological Studies 65 (2014): 25–61.
“‘Present and Accommodated For’: Calvin’s God at Mount Sinai.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 7 (2013): 115–32.
“‘The Obedience of Christ’: A Reassessment of τὴν ὑπακοὴν τοῦ Χριστοῦ in 2 Corinthians 10:5.” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 2 (2012): 41–56.
Select Conference Papers
“Sacrifice On the Cross or Offering After the Cross? The History and Significance of a Key Issue in Hebrews’ View of the Atonement,” accepted by the National Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature (San Diego, CA): November 2014.
“Can You Get There From Here? Hermeneutical Trajectories and the Use of the OT in Hebrews,” accepted by the National Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (San Diego, CA): November 2014.
“Israel’s Request for a Mediator at Horeb (Deut 5:23–29),” accepted by the National Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (San Diego, CA): November 2014.
“Which Mountain? Which Mediator? The Sinai Narratives in Hebrews 12:18–29,” presented at the National Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature (Baltimore, MD): November 24, 2013.
“Moses Feared and Israel Fled: Deuteronomic Historiography in Hebrews,” presented at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (St. Andrews, Scotland): July 10, 2013.
“‘Is it Finished? When did it Start?’ Two Views on the Atonement in Hebrews,” presented at the Wheaton Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium (Wheaton, IL): February 26, 2013.
“Priesthood and the Logic of the Atonement: A Biblical-Theological Response to David Moffitt’s Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection,” presented at the National Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Milwaukee, WI): November 14, 2012.
“To Climb or Not to Climb? Israel’s Ascent in Exodus 19:12–13,” presented at the Midwest Regional Conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (Chicago, IL): March 30, 2012.
“‘The Obedience of Christ’: A Reassessment of τὴν ὑπακοὴν τοῦ Χριστοῦ in 2 Corinthians 10:5,” presented at the Central States Regional Conference of the Society of Biblical Literature (St. Louis, MO): March 19, 2012.