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 http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/biblical-studies).
Seminar in Current New Testament Scholarship
Acts of the Apostles
Introduction and Notes on the Acts of the Apostles. Pages 1955-2007 in The New Oxford Annotated Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha. An Ecumenical Study Bible. 5th edition. Edited by Michael D. Coogan. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
“Kreuzformiger Adler und leuchtendes Siegel (Sturmstillung und sprechender Adler). ActPhil 3,5-19.” Pages 927-34 in Die Wunder der Apostel. Vol. 2 of Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen. Edited by Ruben Zimmermann. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 2017.
“Ein veganes Evangelium fur Tiere (Bekehrung des Leoparden und der jungen Ziege). ActPhil 8,16-21.” Pages 953-58 in Die Wunder der Apostel. Vol. 2 of Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen.
“Heilkraftige Schmiere (Wunder in Opheorymos. Die Heilung des blinden Stachys mit Mariamnes Speichel). ActPhil 14,1-7.” Pages 959-65 in Die Wunder der Apostel. Vol. 2 of Kompendium der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen.
“Markan Grapplings?” Pages 169-80 in Redescribing the Gospel of Mark. Edited by Barry S. Crawford and Merrill P. Miller. Early Christianity and Its Literature 22. Atlanta: SBL. 2017.
Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, and Richard J. Clifford, SJ: Opportunity for No Little Instruction (editor with Christopher G. Frechette and Thomas D. Stegman). New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2014. Author of the essay: “Acts 28—Game Over?: Isaiah, Baseball, Jews, and Luke,” pp. 190-206.
“Peter’s Daughter—Daddy Dearest?” Pages 319-28 in “The One Who Sows Bountifully”: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers. Edited by Caroline Johnson Hodge, Saul M. Olyan, Daniel Ullucci, and Emma Wasserman. Brown Judaic Studies 356. Providence: Brown Judaic Studies, 2013.
“‘We Had Hoped That He Was the One to Redeem Israel’: The Fragility of Hope in Luke-Acts.” Pages 57-69 in Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment. Edited by Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid. New York/Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 2013.
The Acts of Philip: A New Translation (with Françios 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.
“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.