Dr Michael Rhodes

Lecturer, Old Testament




  • PhD, University of Aberdeen/Trinity College Bristol. “Formative Feasting: Practices and Economic Ethics in Deuteronomy’s Tithe Meal and the Corinthian Lord’s Supper.”
  • MA, Biblical Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte, NC.
  • BA, International Economic Community Development and English, Covenant College, GA.


Memberships and Affiliations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Committee Member of the Missional Hermeneutics Unit of the Society for Biblical Literature


Teaching Areas                                                 

  • Introduction to the Old Testament (MB531)
  • Prophets: A Canonical Reading (MB6/731)
  • Worship and Wisdom (MB6/733)


Research Areas

  • Bible and Ethics
  • Racial and Economic Justice
  • Moral Formation and Discipleship in Scripture



Michael J. Rhodes is a lecturer in Old Testament at Carey Baptist College. Michael’s passion is to help the church hear and respond to Scripture’s call to embody God’s justice and mercy on behalf of the marginalized. This passion inspired Michael and his wife Rebecca’s decision to live, work, and worship in an economically impoverished community for the ten years prior to his coming to Carey.

Interest in how the church might become a community of justice and mercy also fueled Michael’s dissertation research on moral formation and economic ethics in biblical meals, as well as his current research project on moral formation for justice in Scripture. Michael is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.



  • Michael Rhodes, “Becoming Militants of Reconciling Love: 1 John 3:1-3 and the Task of Ethical Formation,” Journal for Theological Interpretation (forthcoming).
  • Michael Rhodes, Justice Unto Victory: Exegetical Explorations in Moral Formation. Under contract with IVP Academic.
  • Michael Rhodes, “Arranging the Chairs in the Beloved Community: The Politics, Problems, and Prospects of Multi-Racial Churches in 1 Corinthians and Today,” Studies in Christian Ethics, 2019.
  • Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt, with Brian Fikkert, Practicing the King’s Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give (Baker; 2018).
  • Brian Fikkert and Michael Rhodes, “Homo Economicus Versus Homo Imago Dei,” Journal of Markets & Morality, (2017).
  • Michael Rhodes, “‘Forward Unto Virtue’: Formative Practices and 1 Corinthians 11:17-34,” Journal for Theological Interpretation (2017).
  • Michael Rhodes, “‘Follow Us As We Follow Moses’: Learning Biblical Economics from the New Testament’s Appropriation of Old Testament Narratives, Practices and Liturgies” in Ecclesia and Ethics, E. Allen Jones et. al, eds. (T & T Clark, 2016)
  • Michael Rhodes, Andrew Vincent, and Mark Bowers, Work Life (biblically-integrated workforce development curriculum, published by the Chalmers Center).


Sample of Popular Writing and Interviews


Contact Details

Email: [email protected]