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Theology and Religious Studies

Mark Bilby


Mark G. 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.

His professional blog is He also hosts a pedagogical blog for his students:


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 published in the series Cahiers de Biblia Patristica (Brepols). He is the co-editor of a collection of essays entitled Arminius Reconsidered, based on a conference the editors organized in 2012. 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 has produced a critical edition and translation of a rare Byzantine apocryphon about the so-called Good Thief, Dysmas. He has presented in recent years at the Society of Biblical Literature, the Sixth North American Syriac Symposium, and by invitation in St. Katherine’s College Forum lecture series, as well as the York Symposium on the Christian Apocrypha in Sept. 2013.

Teaching Interests

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 term 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 a wide variety of courses on the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, Christian History and Theology, and World Religions.