Matthew J. Korpman is a rising biblical scholar, itinerant preacher, and theological arsonist.
A member of the Seventh-day Adventist church, and someone who has worked as both a student pastor and chaplain within it, he has strived to work in ecumenical capacities with other churches as well, including the Episcopal Church where he has served as a homilist for various parishes. Aside from practical skills within church life, Korpman also has experience with teaching. Having worked for four years as a Teaching Assistant for several faculty at La Sierra University’s Richards Divinity School, he received many opportunities to teach multiple classes on a range of theological topics.
He is currently pursuing doctoral work in Biblical Studies, having recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R. in Second Temple Judaism) at Yale Divinity School, where he studied under such renowned biblical scholars as John J. Collins, Harold Attridge, and Gregory Mobley, along with theologians such as Miroslav Volf and S. Mark Heim. His work there included, but was not limited to, two papers which explored and reinterpreted the book of Job’s opening and closing chapters.
Korpman has a number of academic publications released or soon to be printed, ranging from articles in the prestigious Journal for the Study of the Old Testament to a chapter in the upcoming Oxford Handbook of the Apocrypha. He is a regular member of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, and routinely presents new research at the meetings for each.
Likewise, he regularly engages in popular mediums such as Patheos.com or online magazines in order to promote biblical studies and theology to a non-academic audience. Having been previously exposed to a borderline fundamentalist and conspiratorial form of Christian conservatism while growing up, he has a keen eye and pastoral concern for connecting the church and academy in ways that broaden the horizons and worldviews of those on both sides of the idealogical spectrum.
He holds three Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Theology, Archaeology, Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Screenwriting, all from La Sierra University. He graduated after five years with a 3.98 GPA and completed an undergraduate thesis of 50,000 words examining the role of the Apocrypha within Early Seventh-day Adventism and Protestantism. His thesis, slowly being published as articles in various journals and books, marks him as one of the leading authorities in the world on the topic.
Additionally, he has traveled extensively across the world, ranging from Peru to Japan, and has spent time in the Middle East where he studied Hebrew in Israel and participated in an archaeological dig in Jordan as part of the Madaba Plains Project.
Born in Texas and studying in Connecticut, he is proud to call California his home.