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Mikeal C. Parsons
Professor and Macon Chair in Religion
I am a native of North Carolina and married to Dr. Heidi J. Hornik, who is a professor of Italian Renaissance Art History at Baylor. I have taught in the area of New Testament at Baylor since 1986.
Academic Interests and Research:
New Testament Gospels and Acts; ancient rhetoric and literary criticism
Professional Awards and Activities:
Member Society of Biblical Literature, President of the SBL-Southwest region in 2006;
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, President 2006;
Editor, Perspectives in Religious Studies; Series editor (with Charles Talbert) Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament.
Grants and Fellowships:
Co-Project Director of a grant for graduate student teaching from the Wabash Center;
Co-Director of the Baptists' Bible grant from the Louisville Institute
Selected Research Articles:
"Baptist Identity and the Acts of the Apostles: Insights from the Baptists' Bible." in The ‘plainly revealed' Word of God? Baptist Hermeneutics in theory and practice. Simon Woodman and Helen Price, editors. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, forthcoming.
"Hearing Acts as a Sequel to a Multi-form Gospel: Historical and Hermeneutical Reflections on Acts, Luke, and the ΠΟΛΛΟΙ." in Rethinking the Reception and Unity of Luke and Acts. Andrew Gregory and Kavin Rowe, Editors. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming 2009.
"Exegesis ‘By the Numbers': Numerology and the New Testament." Perspectives in Religious Studies, 35 (2008): 25-43.
With Heidi J. Hornik. "The Bible and Art," Pp. 299-322 in Blackwell's Companion to the Bible and Culture. Ed. John Sawyer. Oxford: Blackwell's, 2006.
"Luke Among Baptists." Perspectives in Religious Studies, 33:2 (2006), 137-54.
With Jason Whitlark. "The ‘Seven' Last Words: A Numerical Motivation for the Insertion of Luke 23:34a," New Testament Studies, 52.2 (2006): 188-204.
"The Lame Man in Acts 3-4." Journal of Biblical Literature, 124 (2005): 295-312.
"Luke and the Progymnasmata: A Preliminary Investigation into the Preliminary Exercises." Pp. 43-63 in Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse. Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele, Eds. SBL Symposium Series Volume 20. Christopher Matthews, General Editor. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 2004.
"The Quest for the ‘Rhetorical' Jesus." Pp. 30-44 in Lilies of the Field and Birds of the Air: Literary Encounters with the Reign of God. Essays in Honor of Robert Tannehill. Paul Kim and Sharon Ringe, Eds. Valley Forge: Trinity Press International, 2003.
With Heidi J. Hornik, "The Harrowing of Hell," Bible Review June (2003): 18-26, 50.
"Nothing Defiled AND Unclean: The Conjunction's Function in Acts 10:14," Perspectives in Religious Studies 27 (2000): 263-274. appeared in February 2002.
"'Short in Stature': Luke's Physical Description of Zacchaeus," New Testament Studies 47 (2001): 50-57.
"Isaiah 53 in Acts 8: A Reply to Morna Hooker." Pp. 104-119 in Isaiah 53 and Christian Origins. Eds. William Bellinger, Bruce Corley, and William Farmer. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998.
"The Place of Jerusalem on the Lukan Landscape: An Exercise in Theological Cartography." Pp. 155-172 in Literary Studies in Luke-Acts. Eds. Richard P. Thompson and Thomas E. Phillips. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1998.
"The Prodigal's Elder Brother: The History and Ethics of Reading Luke 15:11-32," Festschrift for Dan O. Via, Jr. Pp. 147-174 in Perspectives in Religious Studies. 1996.
"Canonical Criticism." Pp. 255-94 in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation. Eds. David Alan Black and David S. Dockery. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991.
"Christian Origins and Narrative Openings: The Sense of a Beginning in Acts 1-5," Review & Expositor 87 (1990), 403-422.
"Reading a Beginning/Beginning a Reading: Tracing Literary Theory on Narrative Beginnings." How Gospels Begin. Ed. Dennis Smith. Semeia, 52 (1990), 11-31.
"Sarkinos, Sarkikos in Codices F and G: A Text-Critical Note," New Testament Studies, 34 (1988), 151-55.
"The Text of Acts 1:2 Reconsidered," The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 50 (1988), 58-71.
"A Christological Tendency in P75," Journal of Biblical Literature, 105 (1986), 463-79.
"The Critical Use of Rabbinic Literature in New Testament Studies," Perspectives in Religious Studies, 12 (1985), 85-102.
Rethinking the Unity of Luke and Acts. Co-authored with Richard I. Pervo. Philadelphia: Fortress/Augsburg Press, 1993.
"Acts." Pp. 1-64 in Acts and Pauline Writings. Mercer Commentary on the Bible, Volume 7. Watson E. Mills, Richard F. Wilson, et al., editors. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1997.
With Heidi J. Hornik. Illuminating Luke: The Infancy Narrative in Italian Renaissance Painting. Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press International, 2003.
With Martin Culy. Acts: A Handbook on the Greek Text of Acts. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2003.
With Dennis Smith et al. Synoptic Stories About Jesus. Storyteller's Companion to the Bible. Vol. 9. General Eds. Dennis Smith and Michael Williams. Abingdon Press, 2005.
With Heidi J. Hornik. Illuminating Luke: The Public Ministry of Christ in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting. Valley Forge, PA: T & T Clark International, 2005.
Body and Character in Luke and Acts: The Subversion of Physiognomy in Early Christianity. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006.
Luke: Storyteller, Evangelist, Interpreter. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Press, 2007.
With Heidi J. Hornik. Illuminating Luke: The Passion and Resurrection Narratives in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting. Valley Forge, PA: T & T Clark International. November 2007.
The Acts of the Apostles. Paideia Commentary Series. Eds. Mikeal C. Parsons and Charles H. Talbert. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.
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