Matthew W. Bates is Assistant Professor of Theology at Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. He is many things: author, scholar, reading-poems-at-bedtime father, hiker, and passionate baseball fan. Yet above all he is a follower of Jesus Christ. Bates holds a Ph.D. from The University of Notre Dame in theology. His books include Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic, forthcoming), The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2015), and The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press, 2012).
After completing a B.S. in physics from Whitworth University (1999), Bates began a career in electrical engineering. Several years later his life took a dramatic turn when he enrolled in a biblical studies program at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. There he studied under Gordon Fee, Rikk Watts, Iain Provan, and others, completing an M.C.S. and winning The Biblical Studies Prize (2004). Returning to the States, he worked again as an engineer, designing distribution systems for wind farms.
In 2005 Bates began full-time doctoral studies in theology at The University of Notre Dame, specializing in Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity (CJA). His primary research training is the New Testament and second-century Christianity with secondary expertise in the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and Second Temple Judaism. David Aune served as his doctoral supervisor. He also trained under John Meier, Brian Daley, Gary Anderson, James VanderKam, and Gregory Sterling. Upon graduation he was named the winner of the Shaheen Award in the humanities, the top graduation prize at Notre Dame, competitive across all disciplines (press release).
In 2011 Bates accepted his current academic post, a tenure-track appointment in theology at Quincy University.
Bates’s professional research interests include the Apostle Paul, early Christology, the Trinity, prosopological exegesis, the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, reception history, theological interpretation of Scripture, the Gospels, the life and teachings of Jesus, and Justin Martyr.
In addition to his academic work, he remains actively involved in church, community, and family life.