Mark Glen Bilby, PhD, has taught at the University of San Diego since 2012. His teaching and research interests center on the Jewish and Christian Scriptures and their histories of interpretation, religious and cultural exchanges in the late antique Mediterranean, and inter-religious dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths today.
PhD, University of Virginia, Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity (2012)
MA, with high honors, Nazarene Theological Seminary (2002)
MDiv, with highest honors, Nazarene Theology Seminary (2000)
BS, with honors, Point Loma Nazarene University (1997)
Scholarly and Creative Work
Bilby’s dissertation at the University of Virginia (As the Bandit Will I Confess You: Luke 23.39-43 in Early Christian Interpretation) is forthcoming in the series Cahiers de Biblia Patristica (Brepols). He is currently researching and writing the commentary on Luke for the Blackwell Bible Commentary series, a new initiative dedicated to tracing out the history of the interpretation of the Bible in commentaries, sermons, art, music, film, literature, legends, etc. He has several articles forthcoming in the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (de Gruyter) on the Gospel of Luke and its history of interpretation. As part of a forthcoming compendium entitled More Christian Apocrypha (Eerdmans), he is also producing critical editions and translations of several rare medieval (Greek and Latin) apocrypha about the so-called Good Thief, Dismas. He has presented in recent years at the Society of Biblical Literature and the Sixth North American Syriac Symposium. He recently gave an invited guest lecture on John Chrysostom’s interpretation of Luke 23.39-43 at St. Katherine College and will be giving an invited presentation at the York Symposium on the Christian Apocrypha at York University in May 2013. He is also on the international board overseeing a new edition and translation of the complete works of the Dutch reformer Jacob Arminius.
Bilby’s teaching emphasizes team-based, active learning in all areas of the class experience. He spends a significant amount of time collaborating with students on their research essays in order to help them develop excellent academic research and writing skills. He worked as a preceptor at the University of Virginia for three years before holding visiting and/or adjunct positions at Saint Paul School of Theology, Iowa State University, Azusa Pacific University, and Point Loma Nazarene University. He has taught numerous and varied courses on the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, Christian History and Theology, and World Religions.