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Christopher R. Matthews

research professor of new testament and
editor of new testament abstracts

Christoper R. Matthews

Contact Information | (617) 553-6508
Simboli Hall 204B


A.B., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D. (Harvard)

Areas of Interest

The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the writings of Paul and the later Pauline writings, Christian Apocryphal Literature, and the development of Early Christianity and scholarly methods for understanding it.


Christopher R. Matthews, editor of New Testament Abstracts and Research Professor of New Testament, received his doctoral degree in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard in 1993. He started with New Testament Abstracts in 1986 and has written some 15,500 abstracts to date and edited an additional 30,000 or so. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. In the latter Society, among other positions, he has served as the Coordinator of the New England SBL Region (1995-2001, 2005-2006), as a member of the SBL Council (1996-2002), and the editor of the SBL Symposium Series (2000-2007, resulting in 27 published volumes). He recently completed six years as co-chair of the SBL Redescribing Early Christianity Group (2007-12) and continues as a member of the Steering Committee for the SBL Christian Apocrypha Section (2000-  ). He is co-editor with François Bovon and Ann Graham Brock of The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles: Harvard Divinity School Studies (1999), author of Philip: Apostle and Evangelist. Configurations of a Tradition (2002), and translator with François Bovon of The Acts of Philip: A New Translation (2012). He also is currently Editor-in-Chief for Oxford Bibliographies: Biblical Studies, an online annotated research guide (see


Fall 2017
Gospel of Luke (TMNT7042)

Spring 2018
Acts of the Apostles (TMNT7013)

Other Courses
First Corinthians
Introduction to the New Testament
Later Pauline Writings

Recent Publications

Introduction and Notes on the Acts of the Apostles. Pages 1919-71 in The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha. An Ecumenical Study Bible. 4th edition. Edited by Michael D. Coogan. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Acts of the Apostles”—An annotated research bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies: Biblical Studies, posted August 26, 2011 (approx. 10,500 words)  [].

“Acts of the Apostles.” Vol. 1, pages 11-26 in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. Edited by Michael D. Coogan. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“Gospel of Luke”—An annotated research bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies: Biblical Studies, posted January 11, 2012 (approx. 16,200 words)  [].

The Acts of Philip: A New Translation (with François Bovon). Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2012.

Encountering Jesus in the Scriptures (editor with Daniel J. Harrington). New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2012. Author of the essay: “Apocryphal Gospels: Early Christian Piety and the Legendary Jesus,” pp. 80-88.

Invited review of Christoph Markschies and Jens Schröter, eds., Antike christliche Apokryphen in deutscher Übersetzung. Band 1, Evangelien und Verwandtes (7th ed.; 2 Teilbände; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012) in Novum Testamentum 55/2 (2013).