Senior Fellows

Dr. Michael Barber

Michael Patrick Barber is Chair of the Graduate School of Biblical Theology at JP Catholic University in San Diego, CA. He has authored scholarly articles for academic journals (including Journal of Biblical Literature and Letter & Spirit) and has published popular level books on the Psalms and the Apocalypse. Most recently he contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic), co-authored by James D. G. Dunn, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Robert N. Wilkin and edited by Alan Stanley.

Barber received his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation under Colin Brown, entitled, “The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology: The New Temple, the New Priesthood and the New Cult,” which focused on bridging the fields of the study of the Historical Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels with Sacramental Theology and Eschatology. It is currently being revised for publication.

With Senior Fellows, John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, Barber writes for the blog, TheSacredPage.com, one of the top-ranked "biblioblogs" (Bible blogs written by academics).

Barber is a regular on the Catholic speaking circuit, speaking at conferences and parish missions. He resides in San Diego, CA, with his wife, Kimberly. They have four children. He can be reached at mpsbarber@yahoo.com.


Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND ACADEMIC AWARDS

  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary (2003–2010), Systematic Theology with a minor focus in Old Testament Studies.  Ph.D. Thesis: “The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology.” Awarded, January, 2010. Thesis passed “with distinction”.
  • M. A., Franciscan University (1999–2000), Theology. Passed Comprehensive Exams with Honors. Awarded, May, 2001. 
  • B. A., Azusa Pacific University (1996-1998), Theology and Philosophy Magna Cum Laude. Awarded December, 1998. Minor focus in New Testament Greek. Repeatedly recognized on the Dean’s Academic List of Distinguished Students. 

SELECT PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • “Jesus as the Davidic Temple-Builder and Peter’s Priestly Role in Matthew 16:16–19.” Journal of Biblical Literature 132/4 (2013): 935–953 
  • “The New Temple, the New Priesthood, and the New Cult,” Letter & Spirit 8 (2013): 101–24. Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Edited by Alan Stanley, with James D.G. Dunn, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Robert Wilkin. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 
  • “‘The Yoke of Servitude’: Christian Non-Observance of the Law’s Cultic Precepts in Patristic Sources.” Letter & Spirit 7 (2012): 61–84.  
  • “Jesus’ Teaching on the Law, Deuteronomic Concessions and Eschatological Righteousness: A Re-examination of the Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage in Matthew 5:31–32”, Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2011. 
  • “Jesus’ Sacramental Miracles: Matthew 14–18.” Lecture delivered at Franciscan University, 2011.
  • The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology: The New Temple, the New Priesthood, and the New Cult. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 2010. 
  • “Weblogs and the Academy: The Benefits and Challenges of Biblioblogging.” Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.
  • “Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Series of Lectures Delivered at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Covina, CA, 2007
  • Journey through Scripture: Genesis to Jesus. Ann Arbor: Servant/St. Anthony’s Messenger Press, 2007.
  • Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying Its Lessons Today. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2005. 
  • “The Mass and the Apocalypse.” Pages 110–121 in Catholic For A Reason III: Scripture and Mystery of the Mass. Scott Hahn and Regis Flaherty, eds. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2004. 
  • Singing in the Reign: The Book of Psalms and the Liturgy of God’s Kingdom. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2001. 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND AFFILIATIONS

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Senior Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology 

EXPERIENCE

  • 2006- Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University.
  • 2006-7 Instructor for the San Diego Diocesan Institute.  
  • 2001-2005 Bible Study Program Manager at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
  • 1993-2001 Youth Ministry / adult religious education, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Wilmington, CA.

COURSES DEVELOPED AND TAUGHT AT JP CATHOLIC 

Undergraduate courses developed and taught

  • Introduction to Scripture I
  • Theology of Marriage and Family
  • Introduction to Scripture II
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism
  • Philosophy of Nature
  • Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer
  • Moral Theology and Ethics 
  • Early Church Fathers Catholic Social Teaching

Graduate level courses developed and taught

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Psalms and Wisdom Literature
  • Pentateuch
  • Synoptic Gospels & Acts
  • Historical Books of the Old Testament Fundamental Theology
  • Prophets
  • Trinity and the Divine Economy
  • Johannine Literature Pauline Epistles
  • Apocalyptic Literature

ENDORSEMENTS OF PH.D. THESIS

“In this massive and masterful work, Michael Barber has produced something extremely rare: a doctoral dissertation that breaks new ground not in one area, or even two, but in multiple areas with numerous biblical texts. . . Exegetically, Barber offers fresh and exciting interpretations of a host of biblical texts, the most notable of which are his treatments of the cultic/priestly identities of the Son of Man and Suffering Servant in the Old Testament, as well as the Healing of the Paralytic, Jesus, Peter, and the Keys, and the Last Supper in the Gospels. Historically, Barber has produced what is arguably an irrefutable case that Jesus saw himself as the eschatological Davidide and priestly founder of a new cultus. This conclusion alone makes the work worthy of publication as a major monograph. . . The implications of this hypothesis for historical research, Christian theology, ecclesiology, and eschatology are manifold. . .”—Brant Pitre, Ph.D. (Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA)

“This is a brilliant piece of work—in its conception, articulation and execution. The bibliographical mastery is breathtaking. . .  There is much here that repays re-reading.”—Colin Brown, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA)