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Michael P. Theophilos

Associate Professor, Australian Catholic University

Michael P. Theophilos is a New Testament scholar with particular interest in Greco-Roman material culture, especially papyri and ancient coinage, for the purposes of illuminating the historical, linguistic, and social setting of early Christianity. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Oxford University (2008) and has completed further studies in several ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Coptic, Hebrew, Ugaritic, and Akkadian).

His 30 publications to date include three sole-authored books, with two further volumes forthcoming. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow of the Hebrew University (2006), Kenyon Archaeological Institute in Jerusalem (2009), University of Cambridge (2012), as well as having regular invitations to conduct specialist seminars on numismatics, epigraphy and papyrology. Recent invitations include the University of Oxford (2016), University of Zurich (2017), Trinity College Dublin (2018), and Macquarie University (2020). His 47 to date peer-reviewed international conference presentations have been delivered throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

He has been recipient of several prestigious national and international awards, including an Australian Government Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for the adoption of innovative and exciting approaches to teaching biblical languages and history (2012), the Five Minute Research Pitch (5RP) Australian overall winner (2014), and most recently the recipient of the Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship (2019). He is also the chair of the Program Unit in Numismatics and Biblical Interpretation, and Biblical Lexicography at the Annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.


  • –present
    Dr., Australian Catholic University