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Author:  Michael J. Kok 

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Theology with a Specialization in Biblical Studies (Taylor University College), Master of Arts in Religious Studies (University of Alberta), Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (University of Sheffield)


Peer-reviewed Articles or Chapters in Edited Volumes

Book Reviews

  • Michael F. Bird, Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. Biblical and Early Christian Studies (2017).
  • Helen K. Bond and Larry W. Hurtado, eds., Peter in Early Christianity. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 6.2 (2017): 256-260.
  • Sonya Shetty Cronin, Raymond Brown, ‘The Jews,’ and the Gospel of John: From Apologia to Apology. Biblical Theology Bulletin 46.3 (2016): 166-168.
  • John G. Gager, Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul. H-Judaic Reviews.
  • Tony Burke, ed., Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery? The Secret Gospel of Mark in Debate: Proceedings from the 2011 York University Christian Apocrypha Symposium. The Expository Times 126 (2015): 452-453.
  • Vernon Robbins, Who Do People Say I Am? Rewriting Gospel in Emerging Christianity. Review of Biblical Literature.
  • Review of C. Clifton Black, The Disciples According to Mark: Markan Redaction in Current Debate, Second Edition, Review of Biblical Literature.
  • Review of J. Andrew Doole, What was Mark for Matthew? An Examination of Matthew’s Attitude and Relationship to his Primary Source, Marginalia Review of Books.
  • Review of Thomas C. Oden, The African Memory of Mark: Reassessing Early Church Tradition, Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 2.1 (2012): 218-222.

Online Articles

Conference Presentations:

  • “The Patristic Reception of the ‘Elder John'” (SBL Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2017)
  • “The Second Century Scribal Addition of a Secondary Ending to John’s Gospel” (Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Calgary, May 2016)
  • “Adoptionist Interpretations of Mark’s Gospel among Ancient and Modern Readers” (SBL Annual Meeting, Atlanta, November 2015)
  • “Why Did Mark’s Gospel Survive?” (Plenary speaker for the Philosophy and Religious Studies Colloquium Series, Concordia University, Edmonton, February 2015)
  • “Does Mark Narrate the Pauline Kerygma of ‘Christ Crucified’? Challenging an Emerging Consensus on Mark as a Pauline Gospel” (SBL Regional, Calgary, May 2014).
  • “Papias and Matthew’s Logia: A Reference to Canonical Matthew, Q or Another Lost Writing?” (SBL Annual, Baltimore, November 2013).
  • “The Ambivalent Patristic Reception of Mark” (SBL International, St. Andrews, July 2013).
  • “The Traditions on the Evangelist Mark in Clement of Alexandria” (EABS Graduate Symposium, Sheffield, March 2013).
  • “The Reception of Mark in Irenaeus’s Adversus Haeresis” (Sheffield, Manchester, Durham Student Conference, March 2013).
  • “Who is the True Israel? Christian Ethnocentrism in Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho the Jew” (The Bible, Zionism and Palestine Conference, Sheffield, May 2012).
  • “Papias and the Four Canonical Gospels” (Sheffield, Manchester, Durham Student Conference, April 2012).
  • “A Contested Covenant: Constructing a Christian Ethnic Identity in the Epistle of Barnabas” (SBL Annual, San Francisco, Nov 2011).
  • “The Flawed Evangelist (John) Mark: Reading Luke-Acts in Light of Papias” (SBL Annual, San Francisco, Nov 2011).
  • “From Paul’s Fellow Worker to Peter’s Son: the Function of ‘Mark’ in the Pseudonymous Framework of 1 Peter” (SBL International, London, 2011).
  • “The True Covenant People: Ethnic Reasoning in the Epistle of Barnabas” (Religious Studies Conference, University of Lethbridge, May 2010).
  • “Ethnic Reasoning and Anti-Judaean Rhetoric in Early Christianity” (Graduate Seminar, University of Alberta, January 2010).


  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities Postgraduate Scholarship (University of Sheffield)
  • ORSAS award (University of Sheffield)
  • Alberta Advanced Education Scholarship (Gov’t of Alberta)
  • Walter H. Johns Graduate Fellowship (Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta)
  • CGS – Masters Scholarship (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Gov’t of Canada)
  • The Award in Sr. New Testament (Taylor University College)
  • Jason Lang Scholarship (Taylor University College, renewable 2003-2007)
  • President’s Entrance Scholarship (Taylor University College, renewable 2003-2007)
  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship (2001-2003)

1 Comment

  1. fellowsrichard says:

    Michael, you asked about resources on the chronology of Paul’s visits to Jerusalem. You can find some discussion on my blog e.g. here: https://paulandco-workers.blogspot.com/2011/10/how-acts-explains-galatians.html


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