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Rev. Dr Michael Trainor Name: Rev. Dr Michael Trainor
Senior Lecturer (Biblical Studies)
Phone
+613 9953 3983
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
Department
National School of Theology
Location
Adelaide
Building 800 (116 George Street, Thebarton, South Australia 5031)-Ground-Room 800.G.05
Biographical Information

MA (Biblical literature and languages, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois, US), MEd (Boston College, Boston, MA, USA), D.Theol (MCD, Melbourne, Australia)

Michael is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Adelaide, South Australia, and parish priest of Lockleys in the western suburbs of Adelaide.He was born in Tailem Bend. After attending Catholic primary and secondary schools, Michael entered St Francis Xavier&rsquos Seminary, Rostrevor and was ordained by Archbishop Gleeson in 1974. A few years of pastoral ministry in parishes led him to undertake post-graduate study in USA (Chicago, and later Boston), Israel and Melbourne, completing a Masters of Arts (in biblical literature and languages), Master of Education and a Doctorate in Theology. On returning to Adelaide, Michael taught at the Seminary, coordinated adult education for the Archdiocese and taught in the faculty of theology at Flinders University in biblical studies with the Adelaide College of Divinity.  Currently, he teaches with the Australian Catholic University and is engaged in inter-faith and inter-religious dialogue. He is an executive board member of the International Council of Christians and Jews (www.iccj.org) and immediate past chair of the Australian Council of Christians and Jews. Within Adelaide, he co-chairs the SA Council of Christians and Jews and the Uniting Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue. Michael has authored several books on theology, education and the Bible. And for a hobby, he regularly flies a glider out of Gawler. This helps him come to a realistic perspective about himself, his world and the university!

. He is senior lecturer in biblical studies with the Australian Catholic University, adjunct lecturer in biblical studies with in the department of theology, Flinders University, South Australia. Michael is also involved in interfaith and interreligious matters, co-chairs the SA Council of Christians and Jews, co-chairs the SA Uniting Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue, and currently sits on the executive board of the International Council of Christians and Jews.

Publications

Recent Publications

About Earth's Children: An ecological listening to the Acts of the Apostles. London, UK: Bloomsbury, 2019.

Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice: Owning and Consuming. (with Paul Babie) London, UK: Routledge, 2018.

About Earth's Child: An ecological listening to the Gospel of Luke. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2017.

The Body of Jesus and Sexual Abuse: How the Passion Narratives inform a Pastoral Approach. NY: Wipf & Stock, 2015.

About Earth's Child: An ecological listening to the Gospel of Luke. Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012

"Texts of Terror in the New Testament: Encountering or hating the 'other'", Law, Religion and Love: Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other. P. Babbie and Vanja-Ivan Savic, editors. London, UK: Routledge, 2018, pp. 81-101.

"'Dealing with the Enemy': Ecological Reflections out of Luke's Story of Jesus." A. Elvey and K. Dyer, editors. Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts. London, UK: T&T Clark, Bloomsbury, 2017, 69-85.

"The Quest for the 'Perfect Tile': Fundamentalism in Roman Catholicism." In Fundamentalism in the Modern World. Volume 2, Fundamentalism and Communication: Culture, Media and the Public Sphere. Ulrika Märtensson, Jennifer Bailey, Priscilla Ringrose, Asbjørn Dyrendal (editors). London / New York: I. B. Tauris (2011): 169-191.

Other Selected Publications

Befriending the Text: A Beginner's Guide to the Bible. Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1991.

According to Luke: Insights for Contemporary Pastoral Practice. Melbourne: Collins Dove, 1993.

The Quest for Home: The Household in Mark&rsquos Gospel. Collegeville, Minnesotta: The Liturgical Press, 2001

Journeying: A Beginner&rsquos Guide to the Bible. Kensington: St Paul Publications, 2005.

About Angels: Companions in our Quest for God. Kensington, NSW: St Paul Publications, 2009.

Research

Biblical Studies, Interfaith Dialogue.

Experience
  • 1984 - present: Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • 1985 - present: Member of the Australian Catholic Biblical Association
  • 1991-1992, 2004- 2006, 2016-2018: President of the Australian Catholic Biblical Association
  • 1992- present: Member of the Uniting Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue, Adelaide
  • 1994 - present: Co-chair of the Uniting Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue, Adelaide
  • 1997- present: Co-chair of the Jewish-Christian Council of South Australia
  • 2012 - present: Member of the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews
  • 2012-present: Member of the theological committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews
  • 2019-present: Member of the International Society of New Testament Scholars
Professional Memberships
  • 2012-present: Executive member of the International Council of Christians and Jews
  • 2012-present; Member of the international theological committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews
  • 2009-present: Member of the Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2009-present: Member of the Australian College of Educators
  • 1992-present: Member of the Uniting Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue of South Australia; Co-chair from 1994;
  • 1982-present: Member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • 1982-present: Member of the Australian Catholic Biblical Association
 

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