Mike Heiser is a scholar in the fields of biblical studies and the ancient Near East. He is the Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software. Mike earned the M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He has also earned an M.A. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (major fields: Ancient Israel and Egyptology).
Mike can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, among them Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. His academic specializations include Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council and divine beings), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, and Second Temple period Jewish literature.
Before coming to Logos, Mike was a full-time professor of biblical studies for five years. He also taught history on the college level part-time while in graduate school. Mike is currently an adjunct professor for Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary’s Distance Learning Program. Mike is also a participating professor in Logos Bible Software’s Mobile Education courseware.
Mike has authored over one hundred articles in both scholarly journals and publications designed for the lay person. He is the author of the Faithlife Study Bible notes for the Old Testament books of Genesis through Judges. He is also the creator of several of Logos’ reverse interlinears: King James Version (OT & NT), New King James Version (OT), and NIV (OT).
Mike is also widely known for his theological/paranormal science fiction novels, The Façade and its sequel, The Portent. He is a frequent radio guest and has appeared on many talk shows, including Coast to Coast AM, The Laura Lee Show, Art Bell’s Dark Matter Radio, Future Quake, Radio Liberty, Canary Cry Radio, Skeptiko, Line of Fire, Crosswalk, Like Flint Radio, and Extraordinary Intelligence. Mike’s fiction has produced a ministry to people whose worldview is molded by occult, paranormal, and esoteric beliefs.
Mike maintains three blogs that reflect his interests and expertise: The Naked Bible (biblical studies); PaleoBabble (debunking strange beliefs about the ancient world); and UFO Religions (belief in extraterrestrials as a post-modern religion). All of them are accessible via his homepage.
Rich Baker is … Doing this for a few reasons:
The most important one is the love I have for my family. I have a beautiful wife, Michelle, who outside of salvation, is the greatest gift I have received. Without her I am not here. I have a son given to me named Jedidiah. He is 2 ½ and is one of the greatest love and joys of my life. As a husband and father, it is my obligation to help them understand what they are being told or shown in movies and television as well as understand the influence they have on the people and culture around us.
Another reason is I really do love movies. I guess it is better stated that I love story. I believe that we experience everything as though it were real. Everything we take in from these are experiences that affect us in many ways. I enjoy seeing situations on screen that I would otherwise have no other way to experience (such as a global flood or an alien invasion) if it were not for these movies. It helps to open the mind to seeing this life in a bigger way. So, if that is so, in what other ways are they influencing our minds and our souls?
Lastly, I love my brother Mike. He has been a great friend as I recover from serious hardships. He is a man who loves our Kingdom and its people. I respect his great love for Jesus and the scriptures that we have been given. We also enjoy talking, at great length, about the messages of these movies and what implications they might have on us and this world. If Mike and I were to be compared to some of these characters, this is what that might be like: Mike as Bruce Banner and I as the Hulk! He as Han solo and I as Chewbacca! I would be Pinky and he would be the Brain. What will we do tonight you ask?… The same thing we do every night. Try to take over the world!!
As far as credentials… I am a sinner saved by grace who is grateful to be a part of a family and a Kingdom. I Love our brothers and sisters and want them to see the messages of these movies for what they are, good or bad.