About the Hosts

Biblical Studies

The biblical studies 'wing' of OnScript has five hosts with sub-specialities in Old and New Testaments.

Matthew W. Bates

(Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Theology at Quincy University and is a co-founder of OnScript. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. A new book, Gospel Allegiance (Brazos) is a follow-up to his award-winning Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic)Bates_SalvationbyAllegianceAlone, Cover, Final. Bates, Birth of the TrinityHis previous The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press), focuses on how certain reading strategies helped early Christians to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. He has also written a book on Paul's method of interpreting Scripture: The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press). He enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation. His personal website contains a brief bio and further info about his publications, while articles can be downloaded here.


Matthew Lynch

DSC_0163(Ph.D., Emory University) is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, and is a co-founder of OnScript. He's the author of Portraying Violence in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge, 2020), Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), First Isaiah and the Disappearance of the Gods (Penn State University Press/Eisenbrauns, 2021) and various articles on the Old Testament. Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges, and understand its ongoing significance. Matt also blogs occasionally at theologicalmisc.net.




Dru Johnson

Dru (Ph.D., University of St Andrews) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at The King's College in New York City and the director of the Center for Hebraic Thought. His main area of research has focused on the philosophical and intellectual world of biblical literature.

His forthcoming book is Biblical Philosophy: An Hebraic Approach to the Old and New Testaments with Cambridge University Press. His recent books include Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, andSacraments (Eerdmans, 2018); The Universal Story: Genesis 1–

11 (Lexham, 2018); Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel (Routledge, 2017); and Knowledge by Ritual: A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology (Eisenbrauns, 2016). See all of his books at Amazon.

More at his website: drujohnson.com.

He is an editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism monograph series, so you can also send him proposals for monographs!




Erin Heim

Erin (Ph.D., University of Otago) is Tutor in Biblical Studies at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Erin’s primary area of teaching and research is Pauline literature, but she also dabbles in theological interpretation, hermeneutics, and feminist interpretation. Erin is married to Peter, who is a bi-vocational pastor and social worker, and they have two kids. Erin is passionate about her scholarship mobilizing the church to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, and she gets particularly excited about helping students to grapple with the magnitude of the gospel, and about practicing hospitality. She is also passionate about equipping and supporting women to fulfill their callings in the church and the academy, and she serves on the advisory board of the Logia initiative at the University of St. Andrews, and on the board of the Denver Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Erin is the author of Adoption in Galatians and Romans (Brill, 2017) and numerous essays and articles on adoption, Paul, and metaphors. She also speaks and writes on issues surrounding contemporary practices of adoption and their intersection with Christian ethics and praxis. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading good literature, gardening, hiking, cooking, coffee, sitting on the patio in the evening, and dancing in the living room with her kiddos.


Chris Tilling is Tutor and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Mellitus College. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College, London. Chris recently co-authored How God Became Jesus (Zondervan, 2014). He is also the editor of Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul(Cascade, 2014) and author of the critically acclaimed Paul’s Divine Christology. Chris has also published numerous articles on topics relating to the Apostle Paul, “Christology”, “justification”, the “historical Jesus” and the theology of Hans Küng. He is the New Testament editor for the exciting journal Syndicate, and he has appeared as a DVD media figure for Biologos, GCI and HTB’s School of Theology. He maintains his own personal blogging fiefdom, Chrisendom, which is popular and always worth a visit. He is married to Anja with two children, and he enjoys playing golf and chess.

Theology Stream

OnScript's Theology Stream currently puts out about one episode per month, and is looking to grow over the next year. Amy Brown Hughes is at the helm of this theological wing of the podcast!

Amy Brown Hughes: Amy is Assistant Professor of Theology at Gordon College. She is the author (with Lynn H. Cohick, Wheaton College) of Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority and Legacy in the Second Through Fifth Centuries (Baker Academic, 2017). The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of theology. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, Trinitarian and Christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, the intersection of philosophy and theology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women.

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