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Tim Mackie, PhD

Discovering how the Bible is a magnificent work of literature that invites us into the story of Jesus—this is what Tim is all about.

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Biography

Tim Mackie’s spiritual journey began when he met a group of skateboarders who were creatively communicating the story of the Bible. As a teenager he participated in a Portland ministry called Skatechurch. Tim went only to skate, but during his last years of high school he was drawn in by the stories he heard about Jesus.

With his brand-new faith, Tim enrolled at Multnomah University. He became fascinated with the scriptural story around Jesus when he entered the world of biblical studies.

Determined to deepen his understanding of Jesus' historical and cultural context, Tim went on to pursue a degree in theology from Western Seminary in Portland and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tim's early research and writing interests focused on the manuscript history of the Bible and the formation of the biblical canon. He really loves ancient Greek and Hebrew texts!

After years of ministry as a local church pastor, Tim now serves as the Chief Education Officer for BibleProject and is an adjunct professor at Western Seminary. Tim is fascinated with the literary artistry and design of the Bible, and he is committed to helping people understand how the whole story works together and leads us to Jesus.

Currently, Tim resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Jessica, and two rambunctious and amazing little boys. In all of his work, whether as a pastor or as a co-founder of BibleProject, he loves helping people understand how the overall biblical story works together and leads us to Jesus.

Exploring My Strange Bible Podcast

Exploring My Strange Bible is Tim Mackie's personal podcast, produced by The Bible Project. It’s an anthology of Tim’s lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings, collected over the last 10 years. They’ve been brought together to help you take a deeper dive into the Scriptures and the language and history of the Bible. May Bible nerds live long and prosper!

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Learning is a Journey

Tim's early research and writing interests focused on the manuscript history of the Bible and the formation of the biblical canon. All along, Tim was fascinated with the literary artistry and design of biblical narrative and poetry.

Here are some of the authors that have influenced Tim over the years. These are highly recommended books if you are interested in taking a deeper dive into biblical studies.

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