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Associate Professor Robert McIver

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School: Discipline of Ministry and Theology
Position: Associate Professor
Location: Turner Wing
Phone: (02) 4980 2233
Extension: #233
Fax: (02) 4980 2118
Email: robert.mciver@avondale.edu.au
Qualifications: BSc (Canterbury), TeachColDip (Christchurch Teachers College), BA (Theology) (Pacific Union College), BD (Honours) (University of London), MA, PhD (Andrews University)
Research: Research Grants Received:
2011-2012: The future plans working group of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists US$59,588 "Motives for Tithing amongst Seventh-day Adventist Members, Analysis of Age Related Giving Patterns and Other Tithe-Related Matters"
2011-2012: The future plans working group of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists US$24,376 "A Survey to Investigate How Seventh-day Adventist Institutional Employees Perceive their Relationship to the Wider Mission of the Church"
2010: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst: Accommodation and resources for 3 months research in Tuebingen, finalizing two book manuscripts.
2009 [for 2010-12]: $25,000 [out of total grant of $150,000]; Australian Learning and Teaching Council: Founds to underwrite a two-year research project entitled, "Incorporating Student Experience and Transformative Learning into Curriculum Design and Planning of Undergraduate Theological Degrees." RKM is part of a team of 6 who were appointed by the Council of Deans of theology to the formulate the grant application and manage the research grant.
2008: $25,000 [out of total grant of $100,000]; Australian Learning and Teaching Council: Funds to underwrite a discipline-based scoping exercise "Uncovering Theology: The Depth, Reach and Utility of Australian Theological Education," and to underwrite the costs of publishing a book of that name by Charles Sherlock, the project manager. RKM was part of a team of four appointed by the Council of Deans of theology to formulate the grant application and manage the research grant.
2005-6: $10,000; WA Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; Research assistance, data entry, software costs, library resources and travel assistance for research into giving patterns and motives in West Australia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
1999-2001: $7500; NNSW Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (With S J Currow): Research assistance, data entry, and travel assistance for research into giving patterns and motives in NNSW conference
1998: 5200 DM; Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst; Accommodation and resources for 3 months in Tuebingen
About: Robert McIver began his professional career as a teacher of mathematics in a state high school in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since then, he has been a student, a church pastor and is now a senior lecturer in biblical studies and head of the School of Ministry and Theology at Avondale College of Higher Education, where he has taught since 1988. Among his other roles, Robert is editor of Avondale Academic Press, a husband and a father of two daughters. He has wide research interests and has published in scholarly journals as diverse as New Testament Studies and The Monash Bioethics Review, as well as more popularly oriented journals such as Signs of the Times and Adventist Review. Robert's goal in the classroom is to communicate the excitement of seriously studying the Bible.

Memberships
Society of Biblical Literature (1985-)
Australia and New Zealand Society for Theological Studies (1988-)
Society for the Study of Early Christianity (1989-)
Select Publications: Articles in Refereed Journals
"Eyewitnesses as Guarantors of the Gospel Traditions in the Light of Psychological Research." Journal of Biblical Literature 131 (2012): 531-49.

[with Ray Roennfeldt ] "Text and Interpretation: Christian Understandings of Authoritative Texts in the Light of Social Change." Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 20 (2009): 257-76.

[with Marie Carroll] "Distinguishing Characteristics of Orally Transmitted Material Compared to Material Transmitted by Literary Means." Applied Cognitive Psychology 18 (2004) 1251-69 [published online 15 June 2004; in hardcopy 15 Dec 2004].

[with Marie Carroll] "Experiments to Determine Distinguishing Characteristics of Orally Transmitted Material when Compared to Material Transmitted by Literary Means, and their Potential Implications for the Synoptic Problem." Journal of Biblical Literature (2002-2003) in press, contract signed.

with Stephen Currow] "A Demographic Analysis of the Tithing Behaviour of 2562 Seventh-day Adventists in Northern New South Wales, Australia." Australian Religion Studies Review 15 (2002) 115-25.

"Methodology and the Search for the Historical Jesus: A Response to John Dominic Crossan." Colloquium 31 (1999) 75-98.

"The Parable of the Weeds among the Wheat (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43) and the Relationship Between the Kingdom of God and the Church as Portrayed in the Gospel of Matthew." Journal of Biblical Literature 114 (1995) 643-59.

"The Sabbath in the Gospel of Matthew: A Paradigm for Understanding the Law in Matthew?" Andrews University Seminary Studies 33 (1995) 231-43.

"One Hundred-Fold Yield - Miraculous or Mundane?: Matt 13.8, 23; Mark 4.8, 20; Luke 8.8." New Testament Studies 40 (1994): 606-8.

Books and Chapters in Books
Memory, Jesus and the Synoptic Gospels. Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011; Leiden: Brill, 2012.

Mainstream or Marginal?: The Matthean Community in Early Christianity. Friedensaur Schriftenreihe. Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2012.

“Some Aspects of the Christology of the Fourth Gospel Relevant to Contemporary Christological Controversy.” In Paul Peterson and Rob McIver, eds., Biblical and Theological Studies on the Trinity. Adelaide/Cooranbong: Australian Theological Forum Press / Avondale Academic Press, 2014, 3-27.

“Hermeneutics of Parable Interpretation in Ellen White Compared to Those of Archbishop Trench.” In Ross Cole and Paul Peterson, eds. Hermeneutics, Intertextuality and the Contemporary Meaning of Scripture. Adelaide/Cooranbong: Australian Theological Forum Press / Avondale Academic Press, 2014, 141-51.

"The Transmission and Credibility of the Genesis Text." In Brian Ball, ed., In the Beginning: Science and Scripture Confirm Creation (Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 2012), 33-43.

"Archaeology of Galilee," in Mark Harding and Alana Nobbs, eds., Content and Setting of the Gospel Tradition (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010), 1-27.

"First-century Nazareth." In Glaube und Zukunftsgestaltung: Festschrift zum hundertjahrigen Bestehen der Theologischen Hochschule Friedensau: Aufsaze zu Theologie, Sozialwissenschaften und Musik. Edited by Bernhard Oestreich, Horst Rolly and Wolfgang Kabus. Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 1999, 139-59.

Beyond the Da Vinci Code. Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 2006.

New Testament Greek Made Easier. Cooranbong, NSW: Avondale Academic Press, 2001.

The Four Faces of Jesus. Boise, ID: Pacific Press, 2000.

Meaning for the New Millennium: The Christian Faith from a Seventh-day Adventist Perspective. Editor with Ray C. W. Roennfeldt. [Approximately 45,000 words of this 185,000-word book contributed by RKM.] Cooranbong, NSW: Avondale Academic Press, 2000.

Ezekiel: Through Crises to Glory. Boise, ID: Pacific Press, 1997.


Other Professional Journals
"The Da Vinci Code and the Nag Hammadi Gospels," Ministry 78/5 (May 2006) 20-21.

"Strategic Use of Tithe: How Does the Seventh-day Adventist Church Fare?" Ministry 74/10 (Oct 2001) 25-28.

[with Stephen Currow as second author] "A Provocative Study of Tithing Trends in Australia," Ministry 74/8 (Aug 2001) 24-29.

"The Historical-critical Method: The Adventist Debate." Ministry 69/3 (Mar 1996) 14-17.

"Pauline Images of Salvation." Ministry 64/5 (May 1991): 11-13.

Other Journals
"The Four Faces of Jesus." Dialogue 14:3 (2002) 9-11.

"Baptism into Christ and/or into the Church?" In "... from the Kingdom of Grace." [South Pacific Division] Record thematic edition, May 18, 2002, pp. 8-9.

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