Associates & Staff

Dr. Michael Barber

Michael Patrick Barber is Chair of the Graduate School of Biblical Theology at JP Catholic University in San Diego, CA. He has authored scholarly articles for academic journals (including Journal of Biblical Literature and Letter & Spirit) and has published popular level books on the Psalms and the Apocalypse. Most recently he contributed the Catholic perspective to Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment (Zondervan Academic), co-authored by James D. G. Dunn, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Robert N. Wilkin and edited by Alan Stanley.

Barber received his Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, where he wrote a dissertation under Colin Brown, entitled, “The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology: The New Temple, the New Priesthood and the New Cult,” which focused on bridging the fields of the study of the Historical Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels with Sacramental Theology and Eschatology. It is currently being revised for publication.

With Senior Fellows, John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, Barber writes for the blog,, one of the top-ranked “biblioblogs” (Bible blogs written by academics).

Barber is a regular on the Catholic speaking circuit, speaking at conferences and parish missions. He resides in San Diego, CA, with his wife, Kimberly. They have four children. He can be reached at mpsbarber[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Educational Background and Academic Awards
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary (2003–2010), Systematic Theology with a minor focus
in Old Testament Studies.  Ph.D. Thesis: “The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration
Eschatology.” Awarded, January, 2010. Thesis passed “with distinction”.
M. A., Franciscan University (1999–2000), Theology. Passed Comprehensive Exams with
Honors. Awarded, May, 2001.
B. A., Azusa Pacific University (1996-1998), Theology and Philosophy Magna Cum Laude.
Awarded December, 1998. Minor focus in New Testament Greek. Repeatedly recognized on the Dean’s Academic List of Distinguished Students.

Select Publications, Papers and Presentations
“Jesus as the Davidic Temple-Builder and Peter’s Priestly Role in Matthew 16:16–19.” Journal of
Biblical Literature 132/4 (2013): 935–953
“The New Temple, the New Priesthood, and the New Cult,” Letter & Spirit 8 (2013): 101–24.
Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Edited by Alan Stanley, with James
D.G. Dunn, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Robert Wilkin. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
“‘The Yoke of Servitude’: Christian Non-Observance of the Law’s Cultic Precepts in Patristic
Sources.” Letter & Spirit 7 (2012): 61–84. 
“Jesus’ Teaching on the Law, Deuteronomic Concessions and Eschatological Righteousness: A
Re-examination of the Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage in Matthew 5:31–32”, Paper for the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.
“Jesus’ Sacramental Miracles: Matthew 14–18.” Lecture delivered at Franciscan University,
The Historical Jesus and Cultic Restoration Eschatology: The New Temple, the New Priesthood,
and the New Cult. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI, 2010.
“Weblogs and the Academy: The Benefits and Challenges of Biblioblogging.” Paper for the
Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.
“Understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls,” Series of Lectures Delivered at the Sacred Heart Chapel in
Covina, CA, 2007
Journey through Scripture: Genesis to Jesus. Ann Arbor: Servant/St. Anthony’s Messenger Press,
Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying Its Lessons Today. Steubenville,
OH: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2005.
“The Mass and the Apocalypse.” Pages 110–121 in Catholic For A Reason III: Scripture and the
Mystery of the Mass. Scott Hahn and Regis Flaherty, eds. Steubenville, OH: Emmaus
Road Publishing, 2004.
Singing in the Reign: The Book of Psalms and the Liturgy of God’s Kingdom. Steubenville, OH:
Emmaus Road Publishing, 2001.

Professional Societies and Affiliations
Society of Biblical Literature
Senior Fellow for the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

2006- Professor of Theology and Scripture at John Paul the Great Catholic University.
2006-7 Instructor for the San Diego Diocesan Institute. 
2001-2005 Bible Study Program Manager at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
1993-2001 Youth Ministry / adult religious education, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Wilmington, CA.

Courses developed and taught at JP Catholic
Undergraduate courses developed and taught
Introduction to Scripture I   Theology of Marriage and Family
Introduction to Scripture II   Introduction to Philosophy
Fundamentals of Catholicism   Philosophy of Nature
Sacraments, Liturgy and Prayer   Moral Theology and Ethics
Early Church Fathers   Catholic Social Teaching
Graduate level courses developed and taught
Biblical Hermeneutics   Psalms and Wisdom Literature
Pentateuch   Synoptic Gospels & Acts
Historical Books of the Old Testament Fundamental Theology
Prophets   Trinity and the Divine Economy
Johannine Literature   Pauline Epistles
Apocalyptic Literature

Endorsements of Ph.D. Thesis
“In this massive and masterful work, Michael Barber has produced something extremely rare: a doctoral dissertation that breaks new ground not in one area, or even two, but in multiple areas with numerous biblical texts. . . Exegetically, Barber offers fresh and exciting interpretations of a host of biblical texts, the most notable of which are his treatments of the cultic/priestly identities of the Son of Man and Suffering Servant in the Old Testament, as well as the Healing of the Paralytic, Jesus, Peter, and the Keys, and the Last Supper in the Gospels. Historically, Barber has produced what is arguably an irrefutable case that Jesus saw himself as the eschatological Davidide and priestly founder of a new cultus. This conclusion alone makes the work worthy of publication as a major monograph. . . The implications of this hypothesis for historical research, Christian theology, ecclesiology, and eschatology are manifold. . .”—Brant Pitre, Ph.D. (Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, LA)

“This is a brilliant piece of work—in its conception, articulation and execution. The bibliographical mastery is breathtaking. . .  There is much here that repays re-reading.”—Colin Brown, Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA)

Associates & Staff

Dr. Scott Hahn
Founder and President and Chairman of the Board
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Episcopal Advisor
Senior Fellows Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B Dr. Joseph C. Atkinson Dr. Christopher Baglow Dr. William Bales Dr. Michael Barber Father Robert Barron Dr. John Bergsma Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli Dr. Matthew Bunson Dr. Aaron Canty Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo Father John S. Custer Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Dr. Vincent DeMeo Father Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Dr. David Fagerberg Dr. Lawrence Feingold Father Pablo Gadenz Father Michael Giesler Dr. Gregory Yuri Glazov Dr. Timothy Gray Dr. Mary Healy Dr. Stephen Hildebrand Dr. Jeremy Holmes Dr. Kenneth Howell Dr. Leroy Huizenga Dr. Andrew Jones Dr. Daniel A. Keating Father William Kurz, S.J. Father Thomas Lane Dr. Taylor Marshall Dr. Timothy Milinovich Dr. Robert P. Miller Dr. Jeffrey Morrow Dr. Ian Murphy Monsignor A. Robert Nusca Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. Dr. James L. Papandrea Dr. Brant Pitre Fr. Jospeh Poggemeyer Dr. Thomas Scheck Dr. Nathanael E. Schmiedicke Dr. James Shelton Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke Dr. Steven C. Smith Dr. Edward Sri Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD Father Kris Stubna Dr. Andrew Swafford Dr. Michel Therrien Dr. Andre Villeneuve Dr. Benjamin Wiker Dr. Peter Williamson Dr. Carol Younger