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)
- The Beloved Apostle? The Transformation of the Apostle John into the Fourth Evangelist (Eugene, OR: Cascade Press, 2017).
- The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.
Peer-reviewed Articles or Chapters in Edited Volumes
- “Did Mark’s Gospel Influence the Authorial Self-Representation in Second Peter,” in Der zweite Petrusbrief und das Neue Testament. Edited by Wolfgang Grünstäudl, Uta Poplutz, and Tobias Nicklas. WUNT 397. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, forthcoming 2018.
- “Did Papias of Hierapolis Use the ‘Gospel According to the Hebrews’ as a Source.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 25.1 (2017): 29-53.
- “Marking a Difference: The Gospel of Mark and the Early High Christology Paradigm” Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting 3 (2016): 102-24.
- “Christian Claims on the Inheritance of Israel: Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho the Jew as a Case Study.” Pages 165-178 in The Bible, Zionism and Palestine: The Bible’s Role in Conflict and Liberation in Israel-Palestine. Edited by M. Sandford. Dunedin: Relegere Academic Press, 2016.
- “Does Mark Narrate the Pauline Kerygma of ‘Christ Crucified’? Challenging an Emerging Consensus on Mark as a Pauline Gospel.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 37 (2014): 139-60.
- “The Flawed Evangelist (John) Mark: A Neglected Clue to the Reception of Mark’s Gospel in Luke-Acts?” Neotestamentica 46.2 (2012): 244-259.
- “The True Covenant People: Ethnic Reasoning in the Epistle of Barnabas.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 40 (2011): 81-97.
- “Did the Ways Part? New Models in Judaean/Christian Relations.” Axis Mundi (2008-9): 1-24. Electronic Student Journal.
- 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.
- “Would the Real Elder John Please Stand Up?” Bible and Interpretation 2017.
- “Secret Gospel of Mark.” e-Clavis: Christian Apocrypha. Accessed 1 June 2016. http://www.nasscal.com/e-clavis-christian-apocrypha/secret-gospel-of-mark/.
- “Critical Questions for the Early High Christology Club.” Bible and Interpretation 2015.
- “Why Did the Gospel of Mark Survive?” Bible and Interpretation 2015.
- “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)