Dr. Matthew W. Mitchell was born and raised in north-east Saskatchewan. He holds a PhD from Temple University's Department of Religion. A Russell Conwell Fellow while at Temple, he also studied at the University of Pennsylvania and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. His PhD focus was in Biblical Studies and Greco-Roman Rhetoric. He also received an MA in 2000 from the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and holds an undergraduate Honours in Religious Studies from St. Thomas More College, and a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Mitchell loves the Ancient Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, Egypt, Syria, Israel, and Palestine): its history, religions, cultures, and most of all its literature. He has brought this enthusiasm and passion for antiquity to undergraduate classes in programs as varied as Honors, Jewish Studies, Classics, and Religious Studies. He has published internationally in many of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the world, and has authored articles across the fields of New Testament, Hebrew Bible, Patristics, and Popular Culture, as well as one scholarly monograph.
Dr. Mitchell has been teaching undergraduate courses since 2001 in both Canada and the United States.
- Dalhousie University Sessional Instructor Award of Excellence for Teaching
- Dalhousie University Student Union Award for Teaching Excellence
- Joachim Jeremias Prize. (Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Graduate Student Essay Prize).
- Russell Conwell Fellowship (multi-year graduate Fellowship), Temple University
- St. Thomas More College Convocation Award for Religious Studies
Abortion and the Apostolate: A Study in Pauline Conversion, Rhetoric, and Scholarship.
Piscataway, New Jersey: Gorgias Press, 2014. ISBN. 978-1-4632-0377-1 (paperback reprint, hardcover 2009).
“The Yoke is Easy, but what of its Meaning? A Methodological Reflection Masquerading as a Philological Discussion of Matthew 11:30.” Journal of Biblical Literature 135.2 (2016):321-340.
“Some More Light On the Text: Watching HBO's Deadwood with and without the Apostle Paul.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 25.1 (2013): 110-119.
“Bodiless Demons and Written Gospels: Reflections on ‘“The Gospel According to the Hebrews” in the Apostolic Fathers.’” Novum Testamentum 52.3 (2010): 221-240.
“Finding the Naked Woman in Hosea ii 11.” Vetus Testamentum 57.1 (2007): 119-123.