Congratulations belongs to another PhD student who has successfully defended his dissertation and graduated with his doctoral degree from Wheaton. On March 21st of this year, Michael Kibbe defended his dissertation entitled “Godly Fear or Ungodly Failure? Hebrews 12:18-29 and the Sinai Narratives.” Mike’s work focuses on the book of Hebrews, examining its critique of Israel’s request at Sinai for Moses to be a mediator, a request that receives divine approval in the OT accounts of the story (Exod 20:18–21; Deut 5:23–29) and yet is heavily criticized by the writer of Hebrews. As Mike argues, the solution to this dilemma lies in Hebrews’ summons to Zion and the establishment of the New Covenant through the person and work of Christ.
Mike was guided in his doctoral work by his advisor, Dr. Douglas J. Moo. His second reader was Dr. Daniel I. Block and his external reader was Dr. Kenneth Schenck.
Mike adds his PhD in Biblical Theology—New Testament to an M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a B.A. in pre-seminary Bible from Cedarville University. He and his wife, Annie, have two children, Sean and Eliana. Mike is currently serving in the role of Visiting Assistant Professor of New Testament here at Wheaton College.
Congratulations Mike! We have been privileged to study alongside you here at Wheaton!