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Author:  Michael J. Kok 

Current Position: New Testament Lecturer and Dean of Student Life, Morling College Perth Campus

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

Online Articles

Conference Presentations:

  • “A Lost Source Identifying Matthew as a Toll Collector” (Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2022)
  • “The Gospel of the Ebionites and the Synoptic Gospels” (Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Denver, November 2022)
  • “The Heresiological Portrayals of the Ebionites and the Nazoraeans and Their Reception of Paul” (Paul within Judaism Symposium, Ridley College, September 2021)
  •  “Justin Martyr and the Fourfold Gospel” (Society of Biblical Literature, Online, December 2020)
  • “The Literary Relationship between Luke and John: Luke 7:36-50 as a Test Case” (Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Diego, November 2019)
  • “The Rule of the Davidic Messiah over the Sea in Mark 6:45-52” (The Future of Gospels & Acts Research: Discerning the Trends, Sydney College of Divinity, October 2019)
  • “A Source and Redaction Critical Analysis of Luke 7:36-50” (Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools Conference, Brisbane, July 2018)
  • “Competing Authorial Traditions about John of Patmos and the Mixed Patristic Reception of the Book of Revelation” (The Bible and Critical Theory, Perth, February 2018)
  • “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)

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