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Dr. Matthew Michael

Matthew Michael, PhD

Dean, Theological College of Africa
Senior Professor of Old Testament Mission
African Theology Specialist
International Experiences: England, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, USA





  • Doctor of Philosophy, Old Testament, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria
  • Doctoral Seminars, Bengelhaus/Protestant Department, Tuebingen University, Tuebingen, Germany
  • Doctoral Seminars, Dpts of Old and New Testaments, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, Old Testament, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Missions, ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Nigeria


  • Yahweh's Elegant Speeches of Abrahamic Narratives: A Study of the Stylistics, Characterizations, and Functions of the Divine Speeches in Abrahamic Narratives

Academic Experiences

  • Professor of Old Testament, Department of Christian Religious Studies, Faculty of Arts, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria
  • Visiting Professor of Old Testament, ECWA Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • Visiting Professor of Theology, West African Theological Seminary (WATS), Lagos, Nigeria
  • Visting Professor of Old Testament, ECWA Theological College, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Research Fellow, the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Arts, Christian Religious Department, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria
  • Academic Dean, ECWA (Evangelical Church of West Africa) Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Nigeria
  • Associate Professor, ECWA (Evangelical Church of West Africa) Theological Seminary, Kagoro, Nigeria
  • Adjunct Lecturer, West African Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria

Teaching Specializations

  • Old Testament
  • Hebrew Grammar and Syntax
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Expository Preaching of Old Testament Books
  • African Theology

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Church Planter, Church Planting Partner International, Northern Nigeria
  • Collegiate Ministry, University of Jos (Unijos), Jos, Nigeria

Publications: Books

  • Matthew Michael, Christian Theology & African Traditions (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013)
  • Matthew Michael, Yahweh’s Elegant Speeches of Abrahamic Narratives (Carlisle, Cumbria: Langham Partnership, 2014)

Publications: Academic Articles

  • “The Prophet, the Witch and the Ghost: Understanding the Parody of Saul as a ‘Prophet’ and the Purpose of Endor in Deuteronomistic History,” JSOT 38, no. 3 (2014): 315-346.
  • “The Achan/Achor Traditions: The Parody of Saul as “Achan” in 1 Samuel 14: 24-15:35,” OTE 26, no. 3 (2013): 730-760.
  • “African Theology and the Paradox of Missions: Three Intellectual Responses to the Modern Missions Crisis of the African Church.” Transformation (2014):1-20.
  • “Saul’s Prophetic Representations and Its Parody in 1 Samuel.” OTE 26, no. 1 (2013): 111-136.
  • “Divine Covenant Faithfulness in the Face of Human Covenant Unfaithfulness: Is Yahweh’s Covenant Faithfulness Ultimately Contingent Upon Human Obedience? Testamentum Imperium: An International Theological Journal 3 (2011):1-29.
  • “Yahweh and the “Hardening” of Pharaoh’s Heart: The Polemics of Yahweh’s Representation and Its Politics in Exodus.” Testamentum Imperium: An International Theological Journal 2 (2009): 1-20. 7.
  • “Orpah and her Interpreters: Evaluating the Justifications for the Traditional-Stereotyped Reading.” Old Testament Essays 24, no. 2 (2011): 392-415.
  • “The Twilight of the Gods: Hidden Polemic in Joshua 10:11-13.” Journal of Hebrew Studies 55 (2014): 261-274.
  • “Divine Providence or Good Luck?: A Biblical Theology of Providence Compared with ‘Chance’ and ‘Good Luck’ in Greco-Roman and African Traditions.” African Journal of Evangelical Theology 28, no. 1 (2009): 23-41.
  • “Old Testament Angelology and the African Understanding of the Spirit World: Exploring the Forms, Motifs, and Descriptions.” Old Testament Essays 21, no. 3 (2008): 692-712.
  • “Secret Talk & Eavesdropping Scenes: Its Literary Effects & Significance in Biblical Narrative.” Vetus Testamentum 65 (2015): 911-113.
  • “Military Revolutions in Northern Israel and Military Oligarchies in Africa.” In Biblical Studies and Leadership in Africa, eds. S.O. Abogunrin. Biblical Studies Series no.7, 188-195 (Ibadan: Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies, 2009).
  • “The Two Prostitutes or the Two Kingdoms? A Critical Reading of King Solomon’s Wise Ruling (1 Kgs 3:16-28).” Horizons in Biblical Theology 37 (2015): 69-88.
  • “Anger Management & Biblical Characters: A Study of ‘Angry Exchange’ among Characters of Hebrew Narrative.” OTE 28, no. 2 (2015): 1-29.
  • “Jürgen Moltmann and the Theology of the Cross in Johannine Priestly Prayer.” Scriptura 114 (2015): 1-12. 16.
  • “The Art of Persuasion & the Book of Ruth: A Study of the Use of Literary Devices in the Persuasive Speeches of Ruth 1:6-18.” Hebrew Studies (2015):201-218.
  • “Liberation in Exodus and the Quest for Peace in Africa: Beyond the Rhetoric of Liberation and the Mapping of Peace in Exodus.” Sapentia 7, no. 1 (2015): 52-91.
  • “Of Bombs, Grenades and the Church: Violent Attacks of Islamic Militias and the Ethical-Theological Options for Evangelical Christians in Northern Nigeria.” Renewal 1, no. 2 (2014): 27-42. 19.
  • “Daniel at the Beauty Pageant and Esther in the Lion’s Den: Literary Intertextuality and Shared Motifs Between the books of Daniel and Esther.” OTE 29, no. 1 (2016): 116-132.

Continuing Education Experiences

  • International Council of Higher Education (ICHE), 26th to 29th October, 2015.
  • Langham Expository Conference, 6th to 9th October, 2015.
  • Theological Education in Africa Conference (TEA), Jos, May, 2015.
  • Overseas Council International (OCI), Ghana, 2015.
  • Theological Education in Africa Conference (TEA), Jos, 2013.
  • International Council of Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), Kenya, 2012.
  • Society of Biblical Literature Annual Conference, Atlanta, United States, 2010.
  • Bengelhaus Fellowship, Tuebingen, Germany, 2009
  • International Conference at Stellenbosch, South Africa [150years Celebration of Theology in South Africa, 22nd to 26th June, 2009]
  • Theological Education in Africa Conference, Jos, Nigeria, 2nd to 6th June, 2008
  • Langham International Pastor’s Conference, Jos, Nigeria, 19th to 24th July 2008.
  • Nigerian Association of Biblical Studies [20th National Annual Conference, 3rd to 6th July, 2007]
  • Nigerian Association of Biblical Studies Northern Zone [Second Annual Conference, 28-29th February, 2008]
  • Nigerian Association of Biblical Studies Northern Zone[First Annual Conference, 22nd to 23rd February, 2007]

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Old Testament Society of South Africa
  • Langham Fellowship, United Kingdom
  • Bengelhaus Graduate Fellowship, Tuebingen, Germany
  • Nigerian Association for Biblical Studies
  • Jos-Bukuru Theological Society, Nigeria
  • Hokma House: Centre for Biblcal Research & Preaching


  • English: Fluent Proficiency
  • Hausa: Fluent Proficiency
  • Yoruba: Fluent Proficiency
  • Igala: Fluent Proficiency