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Michael R. Cosby
Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, 2007-2012
My interests vary from whitewater kayaking to the study of ancient rhetoric. I gained my love of the outdoors while growing up in the Northwest. I gained my love of Biblical Studies from studying the Gospels. During the week, I teach courses such as Encountering the Bible, Synoptic Gospels, Paul and His Letters, Koine Greek, Biblical Backgrounds, or The Parables of Jesus. My wife and I love to travel together. On weekends I am likely to be hiking or careening down a river in my kayak.
I work continually on writing textbooks. At Messiah College we use my new book, Interpreting Biblical Literature: An Introduction to Biblical Studies (Stony Run Publishing, 2009), for our Encountering the Bible classes. For classes on the Gospels, I use my book Portraits of Jesus: An Inductive Approach to the Gospels (Westminster John Knox, 1999). For courses on Paul I use my book Apostle on the Edge: An Inductive Approach to Paul (Westminster John Knox, 2009).
I have spent time exploring ancient sites in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Greece and Rome. My wife and I took 15 students to Turkey in June 2009 for a cross-cultural experience. I participate in international conferences – in such places as Sweden and Germany – during which scholars from around the world explore how biblical authors used rhetorical techniques when writing their works.
Education: Contact Information:
Ph.D., 1985 Messiah College
Emory University Box 3053
Western Kentucky University Phone: (717) 796-1800 ext.2990
B.S., 1972 Fax: (717) 796-4790
University of Montana