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Michal Beth Dinkler


Michal Beth Dinkler

E-Mail: mb.dinkler@yale.edu



  • Th.D. New Testament and Early Christian Studies. Harvard Divinity School
  • M.Div. summa cum laude. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Certificate in Theological Studies. Oxford University
  • M.A. summa cum laude. English Literature. Stanford University
  • B.A. summa cum laude. English Literature, Minor: Psychology. Stanford University
  • Graduate Coursework. Fuller Theological Seminary

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School, 2019-
  • Assistant Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School, 2014-2019
  • Instructor in Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, 2012-2014
  • Undergraduate Thesis Advisor, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University, 2010-2011
  • Junior Tutorial Instructor, Committee on the Study of Religion, Harvard University, 2009-2010
  • Teaching Fellow, Harvard Divinity School, 2008-2010
  • Adjunct Professor in English, Salem State University, 2003-2006
  • Visiting Professor of Theology, Kampala Theological Seminary, Uganda, Summer 2004
  • Adjunct Professor in English, San Jose Christian College, 2002-2003
  • Byington Scholar Teaching Fellow, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 2004-2006

Teaching Positions 

  • 2015- Senior lecturer (tenured, equivalent to US associate Professor), The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University
  • 2012-2015 Lecturer, (tenure-track, equivalent to US assistant Professor), The Rosen Family Career Development Chair in Judaic Studies, The Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University
  • 2011-2012 Visiting lecturer, The department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • 2010-2011 Visiting lecturer, Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University
  • 2010 Visiting lecturer, Department of Jewish History, Haifa University
  • 2008 Instructor in Rabbinics, Yale Divinity School
  • 2007-2008 Teaching fellow, Yale University
  • 2006-2008 Visiting lecturer, Department of Religion, Smith College

Professional Service


  • YDS Teaching Fellow Antiracist Pedagogy Trainings Organizer, 2021-2022
  • YDS Admissions Committee Chair, 2021-2022
  • YDS Reappointment Committee, Matthew Croasmun, 2021-2022
  • YDS Tenure Committee, Hebrew Bible recruit, 2021
  • YDS Anti-Racism Task Force, 2020-2021
  • YDS Promotion Committee, Yii-Jan Lin, 2020-2021
  • Faculty MAR Coordinator (New Testament), Divinity School, 2020-2021
  • YDS Faculty Liaison to the Department of Religious Studies, 2020-2021
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Studies (EMWAR), Department of Religious
    Studies, 2020-2021 
  • Assistant Director of Graduate Studies (New Testament), Department of Religious Studies, 2017-2019
  • Faculty MAR Coordinator (New Testament), Divinity School, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Admissions Committee, Department of Religious Studies, 2017-2019
  • Faculty Co-organizer, with Prof. Stephen Davis, New Testament and Ancient Christianity, Doctoral Works-in-Progress Seminar (RLST 885), Department of Religious Studies, 2017-2018
  • New Testament Faculty Search Committee. Divinity School, 2015-2016
  • Faculty Coordinator, NT/AC Dissertation Colloquia, Department of Religious Studies, 2015-2016
  • Spiritual Formation Committee. Divinity School, 2015-2016
  • Curriculum Committee. Divinity School, 2014-2015


  • Member of the Editorial Board, New Testament Studies, 2021-2024
  • Area Editor, Synoptic Gospels and Acts, Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (de Gruyter), 2019-present 
  • Member of the Editorial Board, HTS Teologiese Studies, 2020-2025
  • Associate Editor, Catholic Biblical Quarterly Editorial Board, 2018-2026
  • Manuscript Reviews for: Brill Publishers, Oxford University Press, Cambridge
    University Press, Fortress Press, Harvard Theological Review, Biblical Interpretation
  • Editorial Assistant, Harvard Theological Review (Cambridge UP), 2009-2012
  • Editorial Assistant, Harvard Theological Studies (Cambridge UP), 2009-2012
  • Editorial Assistant to Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Harvard Divinity School, 2009-2012
  • Editorial Assistant to François Bovon, Harvard Divinity School, 2009-2012


  • Co-Chair, “Book of Acts” Section. 2020-
  • Co-Chair, “Gospel of Luke” Section, 2019-
  • Member, Steering Committee. “Book of Acts” Section, 2016-
  • Member, Steering Committee. “Gospel of Luke” Section, 2016-2019
  • Co-Chair, “Speech and Talk: Discourses and Social Practices in the Ancient Mediterranean World” Section, 2013-2018

Awards and Fellowships

  • Grant Recipient, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion Grant for Advancing Anti-Racist Pedagogy Teaching Fellow Training, 2021-2022
  • Summer Research Fellowship, The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Regensburg, Summer 2022
  • John Templeton Foundation and Yale Center for Faith and Culture Grant: “Joy and Adolescent Faith and Flourishing,” December 2018
  • Participant, Yale Center for Faith and Culture. Consultation: “The Future of Theology,” December 2016
  • Inspiring Yale Faculty Award (Nominee), 2018
  • Inspiring Yale Faculty Award (Recipient), 2016
  • Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion Summer Research Grant, 2016
  • Graduate Writing Fellow, Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Harvard University, 2011
  • The Society of Biblical Literature Best Student Paper Award (Northeast Region), 2011
  • Mensa Foundation Lester London Research Grant, 2010-2011
  • Word & World Best Article by a Doctoral Candidate Award, 2010-2011
  • Zondervan Hebrew Award, 2006
  • Ministry Fellow, Fund for Theological Education, 2006

Professional Development

  • Selected Participant, Project Narrative Summer Institute, Ohio State University, Summer 2021
  • Selected Participant, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion Year-Long Virtual Symposium: Becoming Anti-Racist and Catalysts for Change, 2020-21
  • Participant, “Criss-crossing boundaries of structural and personal: White faculty as ‘Allies’ in the Academy,” Wabash Center Webinar, July 21, 2020
  • Participant, Mentoring Workshop with Rena Seltzer, “Mentor and Coach: Utilizing Coaching Tools to Support Dynamic Mentoring Relationships with Faculty and Students,” Yale Women’s Faculty Forum, September 8, 2017
  • Selected Participant, Wabash Center Workshop for Pre-Tenure Faculty at Theological Schools, 2015-2016
  • Selected Participant, Intercultural Pedagogy Workshops, Loyola Marymount University, 2013-2014



  • REL 512. Narratives of the Earliest Christians: English Exegesis of Acts, (seminar)
  • REL 501a/505. New Testament Interpretation (Gospels and Acts). Offered
    regularly, in rotation with other faculty (lecture)
  • REL 501b/506. New Testament Interpretation (Epistles and Revelation). Offered
    regularly, in rotation with other faculty (lecture)
  • REL 515. Literary Criticism and the New Testament (seminar)
  • REL 585. Greek Exegesis of the Gospel of Luke (seminar)
  • REL 580. Greek Exegesis of the Gospel of Matthew (seminar)
  • REL 596. Doctoral Seminar: History & Methods in NT Scholarship (seminar)
  • REL 534. English Exegesis of 1 Corinthians (seminar)
  • REL 602. Doctoral Seminar: Early Christian Literature in Theoretical Perspective,
    Co-taught with Prof. Harold Attridge (seminar)
  • RLST 613/CLSS 877/CPLT 556. Rhetorics of the Ancient World. Co-taught with Prof. Irene Peirano (seminar)
  • REL 538. English Exegesis of the Gospel of Mark (seminar)
  • REL 3699. Directed Studies in Narratology (individual reading course)

Conferences organized and Panels moderated

  • “Ethical Reading: Exemplarity.” Oxford University, England. Co-organized with Hindy Najman (Oxford) and Irene Peirano (Yale). March 2019
  • “Biblical Perspectives on Belonging, Selfhood, Human Flourishing, and Joy.” Yale
    Center for Faith and Culture. December 2018
  • “Violence and Eschatology in Luke’s Gospel” Panel Moderator. Society of Biblical
    Literature Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2017
  • “The Ascension and the Ascended Christ in the Book of Acts,” Panel Moderator. Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 2016
  • “Speech, Sight, and Space” Panel Moderator. Society of Biblical Literature Annual
    Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 2015
  • “Exploring Speech and Talk: Discourses and Social Practices in the Ancient
    Mediterranean World” Panel Moderator. Society of Biblical Literature Annual
    Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2014
  • “Harvard-Yale-Brown Conference on New Testament and Early Christianity.” Harvard Divinity School. Co-organized with Jung Choi. March 2008

Organizational Affiliations and Memberships

  • Elected Member, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, 2018-
  • Research Fellow, The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Centre for Advanced Studies, Universität Regensburg, 2022
  • Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Research Associate, 2017-
  • Society of Biblical Literature, Member, 2006-
  • American Academy of Religion, Member, 2006-
  • Catholic Biblical Association, Member, 2012-
  • Presbyterian Church (USA), Ordained Minister, 2017-




  • The Gospel of Luke; New Greek International Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, under contract).
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, co-editor with Gregory Sterling (Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract).
  • How to Do Things with Stories: Early Christian Narrative as Rhetoric (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, under contract).


  • Influence: On Rhetoric and Biblical Interpretation; Brill Research Perspectives Series (Leiden: Brill, 2021), 105 pp.
  • Literary Theory and the New Testament; Anchor Bible Reference Series (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019), 284 pp.
  • Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke; Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft Series (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013), 261 pp.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  


  • “Stylistic and Generic (Dis)Unity in Luke and Acts: Revisiting the Old Questions,” Early Christianity (in progress). 
  • “Pauline Epistles as Affective Technologies: Liberating Literary Form and the Letter to Philemon,” Biblical Interpretation (forthcoming).


  • “The Narrative Rhetoric of Speech and Silence in the Acts of the Apostles,” New Testament Studies 67 (2021): 1-21.
  • “Citing Sarah in the New Testament and Rabbinic Literature: Does Original Context Matter?” cowritten with Michal Bar-Asher Siegal, Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 96 (2020): 443-57.
  • “The Politics of Stephen’s Storytelling: Narrative Rhetoric and Reflexivity in Acts 7.2-53,” Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft 111 (2020): 33-64.
  • “A New Formalist Approach to Narrative Christology: Returning to the Structure of the Synoptic Gospels,” HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 73 (2017): 1-11. Available at https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/4801/10440
  • “Building Character on the Road to Emmaus: Lukan Characterization in Contemporary Literary Perspective,” Journal of Biblical Literature 136 (2017): 687-706.
  • “Interpreting Pedagogical Acts: Acts 8.26–40 and Narrative Reflexivity as Pedagogy,” New Testament Studies 63 (2017): 411-27.
  • “Narcissus Has Been With Us All Along: Ancient Stories as Narcissistic Narratives,” Frontiers of Narrative Studies (2017): 33-49. 
  • “New Testament Rhetorical Narratology: An Invitation Toward Integration,” Biblical Interpretation 24 (2016): 203-228. 
  • “Suffering, Misunderstanding, and Suffering Misunderstanding: The Markan Misunderstanding Motif as a Form of Jesus’ Suffering,” Journal for the Study of the New Testament (2016): 1-23. 
  • “Reading Power(s) and Potential(s) in Jesus’ ‘Triumphal Entry’ (Luke 19:28-40),” Review & Expositor 112 (2015): 525-41. 
  • “Stories, Secular and Sacred: What’s at Stake?” Religion and Literature 47 (2015): 53-60.
  • “The Thoughts of Many Hearts Will be Revealed: Listening in on Lukan Interior Monologues,” Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2015): 371-97.
  • “Silence as Rhetorical Technique in Luke 14.1-6,” Perspectives in Religious Studies 40 (2013): 337-348. [Chinese translation in Journal for the Study of Biblical Literature 15 (2017): 53-75; Available at China Academic Journals Full-Text Database: http://oversea.cnki.net/kns55/]
  • “Telling Transformation: How We Redeem Narratives and Narratives Redeem Us,” Word & World 31 (2011): 287-96.

Contributions to Edited Volumes


  • “Creation and Creator as Characters in Luke-Acts,” Creation Concepts and Creation Care in Early Judaism, Early Christianity, and Beyond, ed. Ruben Zimmermann (in progress).
  • “Fractals, Layers, Shifts, and Mirrors: Literary Paradigms and New Testament Narratives,” Arbeit am Paradigma. Eine Bestandsaufnahme der Forschung zu Literatur und Religion, ed. Andreas Mauz and Daniel Weidner (at press).
  • “Character Speech and Interiority in Ancient and Modern Narratives,” Handbook of Diachronic Narratology, ed. Peter Hühn, John Pier, and Wolf Schmid (Berlin: de Gruyter, at press).
  • “Introduction: Gospel of Luke,” HarperCollins Study Bible, 3rd ed., ed. Steven L. McKenzie, Kristin De Troyer, F. Scott Spencer (New York: HarperCollins, forthcoming).
  • “The Narrative Design of the Synoptic Gospels,” Oxford Handbook of The Synoptic Gospels, ed. Stephen Ahearne-Kroll (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Rhetorical Narratology,” Oxford Handbook of New Testament Rhetoric, ed. Mark Given (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).


  • “The Gospels,” Speech in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Vol. V., ed. Irene de Jong and Mathieu de Bakker (Leiden: Brill, 2022), 609-634.
  • “The End of Fact v. Fiction: Reality, Experientiality, and Reflexivity in Ancient Narratives,” Fictionality, Factuality, Reflexivity, ed. Erika Fülöp and Graham Priest; Narratologia: Contributions to Narrative Theory Series (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021), 83-102.
  • “What is a Genre?” The Gospels and Ancient Narrative Literary Criticism: Continuing the Debate on Gospel Genre(s), ed. David Moessner and Matthew Calhoun (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020), 77-96.
  • “Beyond the Normative/Descriptive Divide: Hermeneutics and Narrativity,” Verstehen and Interpretieren: Zum Basisvokabular von Hermeneutik und Interpretationstheorie, ed. Andreas Mauz and Christiane Tietz (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2020), 127-45.
  • “The Gospel of Luke,” The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, Vol. 1, ed. Helen Bond, Jens Schröter, Chris Keith (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2019), 139-164.
  • “Between Intention and Reception: Textual Meaning-Making in Intersubjective Perspective,” Exegesis Without Authorial Intention? Approaches to Textual Meaning (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 72- 93.
  • “Narratological Jesus Research: An Oxymoron?” Jesus, quo vadis? Entwicklungen und Perspektiven der aktuellen Jesusforschung Conference Proceedings, ed. Eckart Schmidt (Biblisch-theologische Studien; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2018), 187-230.
  • “Breathing New Life into Narrative Criticism: Postclassical Narratology and the Gospel of Luke,” Anatomies of the Gospels and Early Christianity: Festschrift for R. Alan Culpepper, ed. Paul Anderson, Mikael Parsons, Elizabeth Struthers Malbon (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 259-78.
  • “Reflexivity and Emotion in Narratological Perspective: Reading Joy in the Lukan Narrative,” Mixed Feelings and Vexed Passions in Biblical Literature: Emotions of Divine and Human Figures in Interdisciplinary Perspective, ed. F. Scott Spencer (Atlanta: SBL, 2017), 265-86.
  • “Genre Analysis and Early Christian Martyrdom Narratives: A Proposal,” Sibyls, Scriptures, and Scrolls: John Collins at Seventy (JSJ Supplements; Leiden: Brill, 2016), 314-336.
  • “Imagery, Gendered: Gospels,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), 372-78.
  • “The Acts of the Apostles,” The Fortress Commentary on the New Testament, ed. Margaret Aymer, Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, David A. Sánchez (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014), 327-364.

Book Reviews

  • Michael Wolter, The Gospel According to Luke: Volume I (Luke 1-9:50), ed. Wayne Coppins and Simon Gathercole; trans. Wayne Coppins and Christoph Heilig (Waco, TX: Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity, 2016) in Interpretation 72.3 (2018): 338.
  • Raj Nadella, Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (T&T Clark, 2011) in Biblical Interpretation 21.3 (2013): 416-433.
  • Bruce W. Longenecker, Hearing the Silence: Jesus on the Edge and God in the Gap – Luke 4 in Narrative Perspective (Wipf and Stock, 2012) in Review of Biblical Literature. Available at http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/8563_9386.pdf.




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