Max Botner, Ph.D.

Max Botner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Theology & Leadership


  • Ph.D. in New Testament Studies 2017 University of St. Andrews
    Dissertation Title: “How Can Mark’s Christ be David’s Son?”
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics, 2013, UC Davis
  • M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies 2011 Fuller Theological Seminary
  • B.A. in Business Administration 2009 Willam Jessup University


Max has served as a lecturer and researcher in the US, UK, and Germany. His primary research interests include Jewish exegetical practices, ancient messianism and early Christology, and early Jewish and Christian sacrificial theologies. Above all, he is passionate about training students, clergy, and lay leaders to know and embody the biblical story. Currently, Max serves as Associate Professor for the School of Theology and Leadership at Jessup.

Max and his wife Jessica are natives of Northern California and alumni of Jessup. They have four children and currently reside in Lincoln, CA.


  • Beyond the New Testament: Advanced Greek Readings for Students of Biblical Studies. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming in 2023.
  • “Messiahs and Revolutionaries.” In Behind the Scenes of the New Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. Edited by Bruce Longenecker, T. J. Lang, and Elizabeth Shively. Baker Academic, forthcoming in 2023.
  • with Justin Duff and Simon Dürr, eds. Atonement: Jewish and Christian Origins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020.
  • “The Essence of a Spiritual House: Misunderstanding Metaphor and the Question of Supersessionism in 1 Peter.” Journal of Biblical Literature 139 (2020): 411–27.
  • Jesus Christ as the Son of David in the Gospel of Mark. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series 174. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. Recipient of the 2021 Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise.
  • “The Fragrance of Life: Reconsidering the Sacrificial Logic of Ephesians 5:2.” Biblical Research 64 (2019): 67–82.
  • “A Sanctuary in the Heavens and the Ascension of the Son of Man: Reassessing the Logic of Jesus’ Trial in Mark 14.53–65.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 41 (2019): 310–34.
  • “Has Jesus Read What David Did? Probing ‘Problems’ in Mark 2:25–26.” Journal of Theological Studies 69 (2018): 484–99.
  • “The Messiah is ‘the Holy One’ of God: ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ as a Messianic Title in Mark 1:24.” Journal of Biblical Literature 136 (2017): 419–35.

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