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Michael McKeever

Professor

Dr. Michael McKeever was a full-time faculty member at Judson University from 2000 until 2019 before returning to his native California, and he now teaches as an online adjunct. He specializes in the Gospels, and his past research has focused on the areas of the biblical narrative, sacred space, culture theory, and literary theory.

Dr. McKeever was the founder and director of Reel Conversations, the Judson University Film Series (2001–2018), and he writes about the cultural dialogue between faith, film, and culture.

Dr. McKeever is also a blues enthusiast and guitarist. He is an ordained member of the Church of the Brethren and writes and frequently speaks for the denomination. Prior to teaching at Judson University, he taught at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.;

Dr. McKeever completed his Ph.D. at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He was a Visiting Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and has also taught at Northern Seminary, Asbury Seminary, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Theological Seminary, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno Pacific University, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, and the American Baptist Seminary of the West.

  • Gospels
  • Biblical Narrative
  • Literary Theory
  • Linguistics
  • Theology
  • Film in Dialogue.

“The Biblical Wilderness Pilgrimage in Luke and The American Road Movie.” Pacific Journal, Volume 11, Winter 2016.

“Violence in Selma and American Sniper.” Messenger, October 2015.

“Images of Jesus.” Basin and Towel, Brethren Press, Fall 2014.

“On Prayer: Biblical and Cultural Essays.” Shine: Living in God’s Light. MennoMedia and Brethren Press, 2014.

“Born of God: The ‘Virgin Birth’ of Believers in The Fourth Gospel.” in “But These Are Written…”: Collected Essays on Johannine Literature in Honor of Ben Aker. Edited by Craig S. Keener, Jeremy S. Crenshaw, and Jordan Daniel May. Pittsburg: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

Stories from Mark. Biblical and Cultural Essays. Brethren Press and Mennonite Publishing Network, Winter 2012.

Meet Jesus, Our Leader: Stories from Mark. Biblical and Cultural Essays. Brethren Press and Mennonite Publishing Network, Winter 2012.

Parables of Jesus: Biblical and Cultural Essays. Brethren Press and Mennonite Publishing Network. Summer 2011.

“Mnason” and “Sacred.” In New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 2010.

Synoptic Gospels: Biblical and Cultural Essays 2. Brethren Press and Mennonite Publishing Network, 2005.

Synoptic Gospels: Biblical and Cultural Essays 1. Brethren Press and Mennonite Publishing Network, 2004.

Luke-Acts and New Testament Historiography. With J. B. Green, Institute for Biblical Research 8. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994.

Society of Biblical Literature

Dr. McKeever is currently working on a book that is a dialogue between the biblical journey motif and the American road movies.