Dr. Barker joined the faculty of Luther College in the fall of 2012. Prior to coming to Luther, Barker completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Vanderbilt University (2011) and taught at Roanoke College (2010-2011).
Dr. Barker teaches the following courses:
- Christians, Jews, and Pagans in the Greco-Roman World
- Lost Scriptures: The Making of the Bible
- Introduction to Biblical Studies
- Paul and His Interpreters
Barker's research focuses on the production and reception of early Christian literature. He is especially interested in the interrelations of the gospels, the canonization of the New Testament, and Christianity in the second century.
He spent the last several years studying the relationship between the Gospel of John and the Synoptic Gospels, particularly the Gospel of Matthew. Barker is currently researching the second-century Christian apologist Justin Martyr, specifically his use of Jewish and Christian Scriptures and his influence on Jewish-Christian relations.