The Birth of the Trinity

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How and when did Jesus and the Spirit come to be regarded as fully God? The Birth of the Trinity offers a new historical approach by exploring the way in which first- and second-century Christians read the Old Testament in order to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. Published by Oxford University Press, 2015. Endorsements: Joel B. Green, Larry Hurtado, Lewis Ayres, Matthew Levering.

Reviews: Reading Religion (AAR), RBL, ExpT, Themelios, Heythrop, Theology, RBECS, BBR, WTJ, IJST, JECS, Aug. Studies, Horizons, Theological Studies, CBQ, ZAC, and on various blogs.

Interviews:The Theological Miscellany Blog (Matthew Lynch). Two-part interview series. Nov. 13 and 16, 2015: Part 1, Part 2

“Matthew Bates, The Birth of the Trinity.” Deeper Waters. Hosted by Nick Peters. Mar. 7, 2017.

“#15: Prosopological Exegesis (Interview with Matthew Bates).” Beyond Reading the Bible. Hosted by Lindsay Kennedy. May 4, 2017.