Micah Kiel


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.

On a regular basis, he leads a Study Abroad trip to Greece.

Dr. Kiel's research focuses on Jewish and Christian apocalypticism in antiquity, the Bible and Ecology, the book of Revelation, the Gospel of Mark, and history of interpretation.

He enjoys travel, reading, baseball, biking, and spending time with his family (especially hiking and camping).

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Education and Training

  • PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, Biblical Studies
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • BA, St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., Music Performance

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Biblical Studies
  • Jewish and Christian Apocalypticism in Antiquity
  • Deuterocanonical Texts
  • The Bible and Environment
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Ancient Greek Religion


Reading the Bible in the Age of Francis. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2019.

Apocalyptic Ecology: The Book of Revelation, the Earth, and the Future. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017.

"The Open Horizon of Mark 13," Journal of Biblical Literature, 136.1:2017.

"Interpreting Tobit Two Ways: Inner-biblical Exegesis and Intertextuality" in Intertextual Explorations in Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature. Edited by Geoffrey Miller and Jeremy Corley. Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.

"Ecclesiastes." Pages 627-41 in Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.

"Tobit." Pages 953-62 in Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page, Jr., and Matthew J.M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.

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).

Study Abroad in Greece

For his Study Abroad trips to Greece, Dr. Kiel teaches "Chiseling God: History, Culture, and Divinity in Ancient Greece" which explores the various ways God has been understood across centuries in a variety of historical and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own beliefs and traditions. During their trip, they visit Athens, Corinth, Crete, Meteora, and Nauplio.

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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: Then and Now
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

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