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Gabizon Michael, Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

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Michael Gabizon

Ph.D. Student, Biblical Field

PhD Students
Department of Religious Studies

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Michael Gabizon is a 2nd-year Ph.D student in the Biblical Field (Early Judaism) at McMaster University. His focus predominantly centers on studying the genre of “Rewritten Bible,” as well as the reception history of Deuteronomic texts in Second Temple literature. His current interests also revolve around the establishment of Jewish boundaries during this time period, particularly when dealing with the topic of intermarriage. 


  • McMaster University, Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Fall 2015–
  • Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M. in Old Testament and Hebrew Cognate Studies, 2012–2015 (Highest Honors)
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, M.Div., 2011–2012
  • Moody Bible Institute, B.A. in Jewish Studies, 2008–2010 (Honors)
  • New Brunswick Bible Institute, Certificate in Biblical Studies, 2006–2007


TAing Experience

  • Religion and Diversity (2017). 
  • Archaeology and the Bible (Fall 2016)
  • What on Earth is Religion? (2016)
  • Bible & Film (Fall 2015)


Journal Articles

  •  “The Development of the Matrilineal Principle in Ezra, Jubilees, and Acts." Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 27 (2017): 143–60.

Book Chapters

  •  “The Identity of מוריך in Isaiah 30:20,” in Moody’s Dictionary of Messianic Prophecy. Edited by Michael Rydelnik. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers. Forthcoming. 

Book Reviews

  •  Review of Warfare in the Old Testament: The Organization, Weapons, and Tactics of Ancient Near Eastern Armies by Boyd Seevers. Bibliotheca          Sacra, forthcoming.
  • Review of Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Qumran, Septuagint: Collected Essays, Volume 3. by Emanuel Tov. Journal of Jewish Studies,  forthcoming.

Conference Presentations

  • “Intermarriage and Molech: The Development of Molech Imagery in Jubilees and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan.” Pluralism, Multilingualism, and  Jewish Identities: A Northeast Regional Conference for Graduate Students. Harvard University (March 2017)
  • “The Development of the Matrilineal Principle in Ezra-Nehemiah, Jubilees and Acts.”  Enoch Graduate Seminar. Austin, TX (May 2016)
  • “The Partiality of God: A Renewed Look at Romans 1:16.” Moody Bible Institute’s Missions Conference. Chicago, IL (October 2011).

Academic service

  • Student Ambassador for Canadian Society for the Study of Religion to McMaster University (2016-2017 academic year).

Awards & Scholarships

  • Ontario Graduate Fellowship at McMaster University (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
  • Graduate Scholarship at McMaster University (Fall 2015 - Spring 2019)
  • The Merrill F. Unger Award in Old Testament for excellence in Old Testament Studies (Spring 2015)
  • The Vernon G. Doering Endowed Scholarship Fund (Spring 2013 - Spring 2015)
  • Community Scholarship Recommendation (Fall 2011 - Spring 2012)
  • Dr. Louis Goldberg Memorial Scholarship (Fall 2009 - Spring 2010)


  • Enoch Graduate Seminar  2015 - Present
  • Society of Biblical Literature  2014 - Present