Spring 2013 has held a record number of dissertation defenses at Wheaton College. Our most recent defendant is Matt Newkirk, a student of Dr. Daniel Block. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Old Testament will be officially conferred upon Matt in August. The title of his dissertation is “’Just Decievers’: An Investigation into the Motif and Theology of Deception in the Books of Samuel.” Matt argues from the Samuel narratives that “the ethical rubric by which deception is evaluated in Samuel is whether or not the deceiver had just motives” (quoting from the dissertation abstract). Matt’s second reader was Dr. Michael Graves, and his external examiner was Dr. V. Philips Long of Regent College in Vancouver, B.C.
Matt flew to Wheaton all the way from Australia, where he is currently a Visiting Lecturer of Hebrew and Old Testament at Queensland Theological College. When his one-year appointment is over, he plans to return to Florida to teach for the winter and spring semesters at Reformed Theological Seminary. Following that, he and his family will head to Japan where he will teach at Christ Bible Institute in Nagoya.
Congratulations, “Dr.” Newkirk!