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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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