Curriculum Vitae / Life’s Work
Peter John Barber
August, AD 2023
Degrees and Licences Conferred:
Commercial Driver's Licence (Class 1 with Airbrakes - MELT Program), Oceanside Industrial Skills, Courtenay, B.C., April, 2022
Ph.D. Religious Studies – Early Christianity; the University of Aberdeen, with Bristol Baptist College and Trinity College Bristol, November 24th, 2018
Dissertation: “Jesus and Myth: The Gospel Account’s Two Patterns” (Defended on May 27th, 2017 at Trinity College Bristol).
Written under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Stephen Finamore, Principal of Bristol Baptist College.
Local Minister’s Licence, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2015-2016
M.A. Religious Studies – Biblical Studies, the University of British Columbia, May 16th, 2012
Thesis: “Rediscovering the Meaning of John 6:53: the two ways, the Lord’s ambivalent table, and mimetic theory” (Defended
Local Minister’s Licence, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2011-2012
B.A. first-class (4.0 GPA), Religious Studies, the University of British Columbia, May 12th, 2010
B.A., Business Administration (Concentration), Ambrose University College, April 29th, 2006
Commercial Pilot's Licence, Flyright Ltd., Springbank Airport, January 4th, 2006
Private Pilot's Licence, Qualicum Flight Center, Qualicum Beach Airport, 2003
General Studies (University Transfer), North Island College, Port Alberni, B.C., 2002-2003
High School Diploma, Alberni District Secondary School, Port Alberni, B.C., 2002
Teaching and Research Posts
Founder and Professor of Together in Christ – Christian Education Ministry, an online educational platform, 2021–present.
Introduction to the Bible and Theology; Creation, Science and Faith; Jesus and Myth; Grace, Not Law: Galatians
“Where Are We in God’s Plan?”; “What Together in Christ Stands For”; “Which Bible? Identifying the True Word of God”; “Is
the Mystery a Lie? Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensationalism” ; "The Afterlife: What Happens When We Die?"
Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Nipawin Bible College, 2018-2021.
Approaching the Bible; Creation, Science and Faith; World Religions; Biblical Hebrew I; Israel: Conquest to Crisis; Israel:
Crisis to Restoration; the Book of Psalms; Bible Prophecy; Biblical Greek I; Biblical Greek II; the Synoptic Gospels; the
Gospel and Letters of John; Acts and Letters of Paul; Romans and Galatians; the Church and Last Things
Pastoral ministry internships (2018-2020); Honours Thesis (2019-20)
Teaching Assistantship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Dave
Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Sara Milstein, 2012-2013
Teaching Assistantship, GREK 100: First Year Classical and Hellenistic (New Testament) Greek, Dr. Shelley Reid, 2012-2013
Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Paul G. Mosca, 2011-2012
Teaching Assistantship, HEBR 305: Elementary Hebrew (Biblical), Dr. Paul G. Mosca, 2010-2011
Research Assistantship, Digitizing pottery drawings from Tel Acharneh (Syria) 2010, Dr. Lisa Cooper, 2010-2011
Local Minister, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2015-2016
Local Minister, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, 2011-2012
‘I Do Not Frustrate the Grace of God’: How Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensationalism Enables the Christian to Obey the Truth. Port Alberni, B.C.: Together in Christ. 2021. https://www.amazon.com/Not-Frustrate-Grace-God-Dispensationalism/dp/B09NGR6DCZ/
‘If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments’: How to Read Legalistic Parts of the Bible. Port Alberni, B.C.: Together in Christ. 2021. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09MYVR7KD
Jesus and Myth: The Gospel Account’s Two Patterns. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick. Publication of the
revised doctoral dissertation (2021). https://wipfandstock.com/9781725253940/jesus-and-myth/ ;
“If You Love Me, Keep My Commandments: Legalism in John’s Gospel?” Sacrum Testamentum. Online journal. 2021. https://8325c28f-bb46-49f6-b716-b201ebad2f47.filesusr.com/ugd/552dd1_ae94c863ab9d406581f2d8db591e1c9b.pdf
“The Role of the Androgyne in the Biblical Subversion of the Mytho-Sacrificial World: Exploring the Early Messianic Lineage as a Series of New Adams.” Contagion: Journal of Violence, Mimesis and Culture 22 (2015): 203-20 (R). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/583264/pdf
“The Gospel According to René Girard.” Posted under “René Girard on Deep Easter” on UBCGCU: Faith & Culture, Graduate Students, Apologetics. Posted by gcarkner, March 30th, 2015. http://ubcgcu.org/2015/03/30/rene-girard-on-deep-easter/
“The Combat Myth and the Gospel’s Apocalypse in the Harry Potter Series: subversion of a supposed existential given.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24, no.2 (2012): 183-200 (R). http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/y2l834gh8063p107/?p=c3ae0a279ee44d2db0da9f35f050455f&pi=0
“New Peace by New Means: an exegesis of the Gospel of John 14:27.” Agora: the CNERS SA Undergraduate Journal 1 (2010-11): 9-15 (R). http://cnersundergraduatejournal.wordpress.com/journal-articles/20102011-edition/
Speaking Engagements and Interviews
“Things Hidden 45: Prof. Peter Barber on How Jesus Differs from Myth.” Interviewed by David Gornoski. August, 2021. https://aneighborschoice.com/things-hidden-45-prof-peter-barber-on-how-jesus-differs-from-myth/
“Which Bible? Identifying the Textual Tradition of the Preserved Word of God.” Delivered as The Thomas F. King Memorial Lecture. March, 2021.
“Jesus & Myth: The Gospel and the Gods.” Delivered as The Thomas F. King Memorial Lecture. February, 2020.
“From Age to Age the Same.” Delivered at the Encore: Senior’s Retreat at Nipawin Bible College, 2019.
“Can You Trust the Bible?” Delivered at the 365 Youth Retreat at Nipawin Bible College, 2019.
“Babel through the Ages: Nimrod, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Antichrist.” Delivered at the annual meeting of the Creation Science of Saskatchewan, Inc. (CSSI), November 3rd, 2018.
Conference Papers and Presentations
“Is Jesus Mythological, or Everyone Else?” Introducing Jesus and Myth: The Gospel Account’s Two Patterns. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2021. Book session at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) Conference in 2021. July 7th-10th, Purdue University (Online).
“A Closer Look at the Gospels’ Redemptive Return to Myth: Chiastic Subversion, Bruce J. Malina, and René Girard.” Presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) Conference in 2015: The One by Whom Scandal Has Come: Critically Engaging the Girardian Corpus (July 8th-12th, Saint Louis University).
“The Consumption Metaphor for Violence in Paul’s Letters: Galatians 5:15 and its Relatives.” Presented at the Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R) Conference in 2013: A Land between Two Rivers: Space, Place, and Mimetic Theory (July 10th-14th, University of Northern Iowa).
“Rediscovering the Meaning of ‘Apocalypse’: the biblical differentiation between the revelation of the two ways, and the violent end of ‘the default’ way.” Accepted for CNERS Graduate Student Conference: 2012: The End of the World (University of British Columbia).
“The Fellowship of the Mystery (Ephesians 3:9),” delivered on April 18th, 2021, Nipawin Alliance Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5MsdsTAbc
“I Do Not Frustrate the Grace of God (Galatians 2:21a),” delivered on November 15th, 2020, Nipawin Alliance Church. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC_mSxEonuo&t=4s
“The Kingship of the Word,” November 23rd, 2014, Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene. https://www.facebook.com/VFCNazarene
3 years of piano; 3 years of violin; 6 years of percussion; many years of guitar
Educational and Pilgrimage Travel
“Grand Canyon Christian Leaders Trip,” with Canyon Ministries, Answers in Genesis, and Cedarville University. Postponed
“Digging Joshua’s Ai, Searching for Ephraim: The Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Israel),” Associates for Biblical Research, Dr. Scott Stripling and Dr. Bryant Wood, May-June 2016
“Summer School in the Holy Land: Israel and Jordan,” Ambrose University College and Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Dr. Charles Nienkirchen, June-July 2006
Work and Witness (building a church) – Coban, Guatemala, the Church of the Nazarene, 2001
Reading knowledge: Classical (Biblical/Old Testament) Hebrew (8 years of study)
Classical and Hellenistic (New Testament) Greek (8 years of study)
Studied for the purposes of comparative linguistics:
Middle Egyptian (Hieroglyphics; 1 year of study)
Reading knowledge: French and German
Local Church Ministry, Preaching (pulpit supply) and Sunday School teaching, Nipawin Alliance Church, Nipawin, SK, 2019-21
Local Church Ministry, Bible teaching and board-membership, Church of the Nazarene, Vancouver, B.C., 2011-12, 2015-16
Leading Christian worship music, Church of the Nazarene, Port Alberni, B.C., May – Aug 2008
Providing Christian music (percussion), The Dream Centre, Calgary, AB, February 2005
Serving meals to the hungry, The Mustard Seed, Calgary, AB, January 2004
Children’s Christian education (Sunday School Teaching), Church of the Nazarene, Port Alberni, B.C., October 2001 – March 2003 Work and Witness (building a church), Church of the Nazarene, Coban, Guatemala, August 2001
Awards and Honours
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2016
UBC Travel and Conference Funding, 2013
UBC’s Four Year Fellowship (FYF) for PhD Students, 2013-2017
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Doctoral Scholarship, 2013-2016
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2013
Accepted for Doctor of Philosophy in Religions and Theology, Trinity College Dublin, 2012
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2011-2012
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship, 2011-2012
Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Scholarship, 2010-2011
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2010
David and Blanche Gwynne-Vaughan Memorial Scholarship, 2009
Donald Fraser MacKenzie Scholarship, 2009
W.H. MacInnes Memorial Scholarship, 2009
Trek Excellence Scholarship for Continuing Students, 2009
Keith Clifford Memorial Prize in Religious Studies, 2008
Mary Isabel Buxton Memorial Prize, 2008
Accepted for Air Navigator programme, RCAF, Royal Military College, 2003
Evangelical Theological Society, 2020 – present
Society of Biblical Literature, 2010 – present
Colloquium on Violence and Religion, 2008 – present
The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 2019 – present
The Church of the Nazarene, 1992 – 2019
Creation Science of Saskatchewan, Inc., 2019 – present
Creation Science Association of British Columbia, 2015 – 2017
Class 1 Driver, a Canadian company, B.C., May, 2023 – Present
Class 1 Driver, a Canadian company, ON, July, 2022 – March, 2023
Courier Driver, Intelcom, Brockville, ON, June – July, 2022
Correctional Officer, BC Corrections Branch, Nanaimo, B.C., Jan – June, 2018
Landscaping and Yard Maintenance, Tim’s Trimming, Port Alberni, B.C., May – July, 2008
Ramp Agent (Turn Around Crew) – WestJet, Calgary International Airport, AB, January 2007 – April 2008
Housekeeper/Custodian, Calgary Winter Club, Calgary, AB, January 2006 – Jan 2007
Sales Representative, Pacific Rim Brackets, Calgary, AB, April 2004 – August 2006
Construction Site Labourer, Graham Construction, Calgary, AB, June – August 2004
Window Cleaner, Marchmount Cleaning Services, Calgary, AB, May 2004
Store Attendant, Whiskey Creek Store, Coombs, B.C., July – August 2003
Shoreman (Freezer), Canadian Seafood Processors, Ucluelet, B.C., June – August 2003
Stocking and Facing, Canadian Tire, Port Alberni, B.C., Summer 2002
Stocking and Facing, Fairway Market, Port Alberni, B.C., July 2000 – August 2001