Matthew L. Skinner

Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108

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Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota





Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey

Ph.D.             Biblical Studies (New Testament), 2002

M.Div.           1997


Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

            A.B.              Magna Cum Laude, Philosophy, 1990



ACADEMIC Publications


Books Authored:

The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).

Coauthor, New Proclamation: Year B, 20052006, Easter through Pentecost (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005).

Locating Paul: Places of Custody as Narrative Settings in Acts 21–28 (Society of Biblical Literature Academia Biblica 13; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2003).


Books Edited:

Coeditor (with David J. Downs), The Unrelenting God: Gods Action in Scripture: Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013).

Coeditor (with Shane Berg): Donald H. Juel, Shaping the Scriptural Imagination: Truth, Meaning, and the Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011).


Essays and Other Contributions to Collections:

“Death and Dying,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology (ed. Samuel E. Balentine et al.; Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2014).

Three exegetical commentaries in Feasting on the Gospels (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming in 2013).

“The Word of God and the Church: On the Theological Implications of Three Summary Statements in the Acts of the Apostles, in The Unrelenting God: Gods Action in Scripture: Essays in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa (ed. David J. Downs and Matthew L. Skinner; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2013), 6082.

“1–2 Timothy” and “Titus, in The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary (ed. Beverly R. Gaventa and David L. Petersen; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2010).

Three exegetical commentaries in Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: Year C, Volume 3 (ed. David L. Bartlett and Barbara Brown Taylor; Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).

“Acts, in Theological Bible Commentary (ed. Gail R. O’Day and David L. Petersen; Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009), 359–71

How can students learn to trust us as we challenge who they are?’: Building trust and trustworthiness in a biblical studies classroom,” in Teaching Reflectively in Theological Contexts: Promises and Contradictions (ed. Mary E. Hess and Stephen D. Brookfield; Malabar, Fla.: Krieger Publishing Company, 2008), 93–117.

“Apollo,“Barsabbas, “Basket, “Chains, Imprisonment, “Chios, “Delos, “Dungeon, “Prison, and “Zeus, in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (ed. Katharine Doob Sakenfeld et al.; Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006).

“Unchained Ministry: Pauls Roman Custody (Acts 2128) and the Sociopolitical Outlook of the Book of Acts, in Acts and Ethics (ed. Thomas E. Phillips; New Testament Monographs 9; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2005), 7995.

Three entries in Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (ed. Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray; Resources for Biblical Study 49; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005), 280–82, 289–92, 416–17.



Author response to a review of my book The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. Conversations in Religion and Theology 9/2 (2011): 11115.

What Every Christian Should Know about Pauls Letters,” Word & World 30/4 (fall 2010): 37179.

Coauthor (with Mary E. Hess and David J. Lose), “From Crawfordsville to Saint Paul: Promoting Reflections on Teaching and Learning as Part of a Seminary’s Institutional Culture,” Teaching Theology and Religion 10/3 (July 2007): 17879.

She Departed to Her House’: Another Dimension of the Syrophoenician Mother’s Faith in Mark 7:24–30,” Word & World 26/1 (winter 2006): 14–21.

“Denying Self, Bearing a Cross, and Following Jesus: Unpacking the Imperatives of Mark 8:34,” Word & World 23/3 (summer 2003): 321–31.



Book Reviews


Review of Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gap: Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective, by Bruce W. Longenecker. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, forthcoming in 2013.

Review of Mark, by William C. Placher. Theology Today, forthcoming in 2013.

Review of Rethinking the Unity and Reception of Luke and Acts, edited by Andrew F. Gregory and C. Kavin Rowe. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74/4 (2012): 85153.

Review of People of the Spirit: Exploring Luke’s View of the Church, by Graham F. Twelftree. Modern Believing 52/1 (2011): 8081.

Review of The Mystery of Acts: Unraveling Its Story, by Richard I. Pervo. Word & World 31/1 (2011): 100, 102.

Review of Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth about Christianity? by N. T. Wright. Scottish Journal of Theology 63/4 (2010): 492–93.

Review of Acts, by J. Bradley Chance.  Interpretation 63/2 (April 2009): 19294.

Review of Dating Acts: Between the Evangelists and the Apologists, by Richard I. Pervo.  The Anglican Theological Review 90/3 (Summer 2008), 68183.

Review of Soul Banquets: How Meals Become Mission in the Local Congregation, by John Koenig, and Of Widows and Meals: Communal Meals in the Book of Acts, by Reta Halteman Finger.  The Christian Century 124/24 (27 November 2007): 38–40.

Review of Narrative Criticism of the New Testament: An Introduction, by James L. Resseguie.  Word & World 27/2 (Spring 2007): 22426.

Review of What Did Jesus Do? Gospel Profiles of Jesus Personal Conduct, by F. Scott Spencer.  Interpretation 58/4 (October 2004): 424, 426.

Review of Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgement, by Rowan Williams.  Word & World 24/4 (Fall 2004): 450, 452, 454.

Review of The World That Shaped the New Testament, rev. ed., by Calvin J. Roetzel.  Word & World 24/2 (Spring 2004): 216, 218.

Review of New Light on Luke: Its Purpose, Sources and Literary Context, by Barbara Shellard.  Review of Biblical Literature, online:

Review of Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul, by Richard J. Cassidy.  Review of Biblical Literature, online:

Review of Kapitalprozesse im lukanischen Doppelwerk: Die Verfahren gegen Jesus und Paulus in exegetischer und rechtshistorischer Analyse, by Erika HeuslerJournal of Biblical Literature 121/1 (Spring 2002): 181–83.  Repr., Review of Biblical Literature, online:

Review of Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, edited by David Noel Freedman.  Koinonia 13/2 (Fall 2001): 245–47.

Review of Conversion in the New Testament: Paul and the Twelve, by Richard V. Peace.  Theology Today 57/3 (October 2000): 446, 448–49.

Review of Biblical Theology: Problems and Perspectives: In Honor of J. Christiaan Beker, edited by Steven J. Kraftchick, Charles D. Myers, and Ben C. OllenburgerKoinonia 10/1 (Spring 1998): 130–33.





Review of Luke-Acts and Empire: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Brawley, edited by David Rhoads, David Esterline, and Jae Won Lee. Religious Studies Review, forthcoming.

Review of Foreign but Familiar Gods: Greco-Romans Read Religion in Acts, by Lynn Allan Kauppi. Religious Studies Review 35/4 (December 2009): 265

Review of Acts, by Mikeal C. Parsons.  Religious Studies Review 35/3 (September 2009): 188–89.

Review of The Conclusion of Luke-Acts: The Significance of Acts 28:16–31, by Charles B. Puskas.  Religious Studies Review 35/3 (September 2009): 189.

Review of Keeping the Church in Its Place: The Church as Narrative Character in Acts, by Richard P. Thompson.  Religious Studies Review 35/3 (September 2009): 189.

Review of Acts in Its Ancient Literary Context: A Classicist Looks at the Acts of the Apostle, by Loveday C. A. Alexander.  Religious Studies Review 34/1 (March 2008): 41.

Review of Marcion and Luke-Acts: A Defining Struggle, by Joseph B. Tyson.  Religious Studies Review 33/3 (July 2007): 236.

Review of The Book of Acts: Form, Style, and Theology, by Martin Dibelius, edited by K. C. HansonReligious Studies Review 31/3&4 (July & October 2005): 2056.

Review of Journeying through Acts: A Literary-Cultural Reading, by F. Scott SpencerReligious Studies Review 31/3&4 (July & October 2005): 206.

Review of Der Prozeß des Paulus: Eine exegetische und rechtshistorische Untersuchung der Apostelgeschichte, by Heike OmerzuReligious Studies Review 31/1&2 (January & April 2005): 92.

Review of Miracle and Magic: A Study in the Acts of the Apostles and the Life of Apollonius of Tyana, by Andy M. ReimerReligious Studies Review 30/4 (October 2004): 320.

Review of The Acts of the Apostles: A Shorter Commentary, by C. K. Barrett.  Religious Studies Review 29/4 (October 2003): 376.

Review of The First Christian Historian: Writing the "Acts of the Apostles, by Daniel Marguerat.  Religious Studies Review 29/3 (July 2003): 301.

Review of The Irony of Galatians: Paul’s Letter in First-Century Context, by Mark D. NanosTheology Today 59/3 (October 2002): 520.

Review of Paul outside the Walls: A Study of Luke’s Socio-Geographical Universalism in Acts 14:8–20, by Dean Philip Bechard, Religious Studies Review 28/2 (April 2002): 170.

Review of The Past as Legacy: Luke-Acts and Ancient Epic, by Marianne Palmer BonzReligious Studies Review 28/2 (April 2002): 170.

Review of Crossing Galilee: Architectures of Contact in the Occupied Land of Jesus, by Marianne SawickiTheology Today 58/4 (January 2002): 655.

Review of Im Schatten der Artemis: Glaube und Ungehorsam in Ephesus, by Michael FiegerReligious Studies Review 27/1 (January 2001): 79.

Review of The Episode at Lystra: A Rhetorical and Semiotic Analysis of Acts 14:7–20a, by Marianne Fournier.  Religious Studies Review 27/1 (January 2001): 79.






Louisville Institute Project Grant for Researchers, “‘No Little Disturbance’: Depictions of God and God’s Activity in the Acts of the Apostles,” 2012–2013


Co-Director (with Christine Roy Yoder), “Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools,” a group project funded by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2006–2007 




Other Relevant Professional Experience


Associate Editor, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 2014-

Member, Board of Trustees’ Education Committee, National Interfaith Cable Coalition, Inc., 2012–

Member, Steering Committee, Society of Biblical Literature Book of Acts group, 2011-

Member, editorial board, ON Scripture, 2011-

Blogger, The Huffington Post religion page, 2011-

Area Editor, Acts of the Apostles, Religious Studies Review, 2007–present

Chair, Luther Seminary Bible Division, 2006–2008, 2009–2013

Robinson Writing Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J., summer 2010

Member-in-Residence, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J., 2008–09

Co-Director, Teaching Biblical Exegesis in Theological Schools,” a consultation funded by a large-project grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2006–2007

Member, Editorial Committee,, 2006–2007

Member, Editorial Board, Word & World, 2003–2008

Visiting Lecturer, Princeton Theological Seminary, spring 2002

Editorial Associate, Theology Today, 2000–2002

Editorial Associate, The Princeton Seminary Bulletin, 2000–2001

New Testament Editor, Koinonia, 1997–1999



Denominational Affiliation


Presbyterian Church (USA), teaching elder