Matthew L. Halsted, PhD

Professor / Author


I use this space as a repository of sorts for articles, videos, and various other clippings that are connected to my research and writing. I recently published a book on hermeneutics entitled Paul and the Meaning of Scripture: A Philosophical-Hermeneutic Approach to Paul’s Use of the Old Testament in Romans. This book takes a look at the (often creative) ways St. Paul interpreted Old Testament texts by drawing on the insights of German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer. My latest is a popular-level book that challenges some commonly-held American evangelical ideas about eschatology. It’s called The End of the World as You Know It: What the Bible Really Says about the End Times (And Why It’s Good News). I currently have several writing projects in the works, including more stuff on Gadamer, Aristotle, as well as a lengthy (and extremely fun) research project on religious/supernatural experience.

My educational background includes degrees in international studies and philosophy. I also have a PhD in philosophical hermeneutics/biblical studies (London School of Theology/Middlesex University). I have the privilege of working at Eternity Bible College, where I get to teach amazing students alongside fantastic colleagues. 

Thinking about the end times isn't supposed to terrify you

In The End of the World as You Know It, Matthew L. Halsted challenges common end-times assumptions and points us back to Scripture. Each chapter reevaluates a popular question in light of the Bible’s own concerns: Will Christians be raptured? What is the mark of the beast? When we let Scripture direct our questions, we get better―and more hopeful―answers. 

What people are saying...

“Anyone who has ever embraced or been influenced by the standard evangelical eschatology, or who knows people who have, needs to read this compelling and much-needed book!”
Greg Boyd
"Halsted's book should be read by anyone with questions about Revelation and the end times."
Michael Gorman
"A gentle yet challenging corrective to some of our most popular yet misguided takes on the end times."
Mark Beuving

The latest from the blog...

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My interview at Logos Live
I was recently interviewed by Jason Stone at Logos Live about my new book, The End of the World as You Know It. It was a fun conversation....
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A Collect for Grace
A Prayer for Wednesday: O Lord, our heavenly Father, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us safely to the beginning of...
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A Response to Tucker Carlson on UAP and the Supernatural
I was asked to respond to Tucker Carlson’s recent statements about UAPs (aka: UFOs) with respect to the Bible and the supernatural....
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New Interview at RTB
I was recently invited to come on Jason Bastow’s show, Ring Them Bells, to chat about my new book. Many thanks to Jason for a...
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Thy Kingdom Come: Rethinking the Darkness of Earth in Light of the Dawn of Heaven
Tradition has it that, in the beginning, humanity came from the ground. The play on words in the Hebrew Bible is poetic: Out of the...
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A Prayer for the Weak
Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: I hold up all my weakness to your strength, my failure to your faithfulness, my sinfulness to your...
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