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Tim Mackie Bio

Hi, I’m Tim Mackie, and this is my website. 

For many years I served as a pastor, and as a part-time professor at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. These days I spend most of my time researching, writing, and offering creative direction at The Bible Project, a nonprofit animation studio that makes short videos about the books and themes of the Bible.

My spiritual journey began with my remarkable parents, who waited patiently for me to discover Jesus in my late teens. I started following Jesus because of an outreach ministry called Skatechurch.

I was introduced to the wonderful world of biblical studies and languages during my education at Multnomah University. I fell in love with biblical literature and developed a passion for understanding Jesus in his historical and cultural context.  

I was so fascinated with Jesus’ Jewish heritage that I went on to pursue a degree in theology from Western Seminary and then gained a PhD in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My early research and writing interests focused on the manuscript history of the Bible and the formation of the biblical canon. All along I’ve been fascinated with the literary artistry and design of biblical narrative and poetry. But most of all, I love helping people understand how the overall biblical story works together and leads us to Jesus.

Currently, I reside in Portland, Oregon with my wife, Jessica, and two rambunctious and amazing little boys.

If you want to see the projects I’m working on, check out thebibleproject.com. I also have a podcast called Exploring My Strange Bible. It’s an anthology of my lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings, collected over the last 10 years. They’ve been brought together to help you take a deeper dive into the Scriptures and the language and history of the Bible.

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Here are some of the authors that have influenced me over the years. I highly recommend their books if you are interested in taking a deeper dive into biblical studies.

Tim Mackie’s Recommended Readings


Read the Bible for a Change


NIV Compact Bible Commentary

The Pentateuch as Narrative 

Old Testament Theology

Adele berlin

Poetics and Interpretation of Biblical Narrative

The Dynamics of Biblical Parallelism


Introduction to the Old Testament as Scripture


The Mission of God: Unlocking the Grand Narrative of the Bible

Old Testament Ethics for the People of God

Knowing God through the Old Testament 

Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament

Knowing the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament


Biblical Text and Texture: Literary Readings of Selected Texts

Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel


The Prophets

God in Search of Man

ellen f. davis

Opening Israel’s Scriptures


Everything. Just read everything he's written. Seriously.


The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1

A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology 


The Moral Vision of the New Testament

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul


Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volumes 1-4

morna d. hooker

From Adam to Christ: Essays on Paul

Not Ashamed of the Gospel: New Testament Interpretations of the Death of Christ


Dogmatics in Outline


The Art of Biblical Poetry

The Art of Biblical Narrative

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary