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Micah Kiel


Department Chair

Associate Professor

Main Campus
Christ the King Chapel, LC110
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Dr. Kiel is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. He is active as a presenter in churches and parishes throughout eastern Iowa. He studied in Athens, Istanbul, and Rome in 1996.  He was a volunteer teacher in Belize, Central America, in 1998-99. He enjoys travel, reading about baseball, and spending time with his family (especially hiking and camping).

Dr. Kiel's research and specialties include the Book of Tobit and other Deuterocanonical literature, The Bible and modern culture, intertestamental Judaism, New Testament Theology, and the Gospel of Mark.

Education and Training

Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Biblical Studies

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

B.A., St. John's University
Music Performance


Courses Taught

THEO 130 - Introduction to Old Testament
THEO 132 - Introduction to New Testament
THEO 331 - Songs, Stories, and Skepticism: Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period
THEO 332 - The Gospels: Diverse Interpretations of Jesus
THEO 333 - The Letters of Paul: Theology in Context
THEO 334 - Apocalypse: Now and Then
MPTH 501 - Old Testament I: Torah and Prophets
MPTH 502 - Old Testament II: The Writings
THEO 503 - New Testament Letters
THEO 506 - Johannine Literature
THEO 507 - Synoptic Gospels



The Whole Truth: Rethinking Retribution in the Book of Tobit (Library of Second Temple Studies 82: London: T&T Clark, 2012).

"Tobit's Theological Blindness" in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 73, No. 2 (2011): 281-98.

"Tobit" in the Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011): 785-86.

"Why Luther Liked Tobit" in Lutheran Forum 43, No. 4 (2009): 29-31.

"Tobit and Moses Redux" in Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 17 (2008): 83-98.

"Did Paul get Whacked? The Ending of the Sopranos and the Acts of the Apostles" in Society of Biblical Literature Forum 5, No. 6 (2007).


Areas of Professional Interest

  • Biblical Studies
  • Jewish apocalypticism
  • Deuterocanonical texts
  • The Bible and the Environment
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Ancient Greek Religion