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Matthew received his Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, and is a regular speaker at professional conferences across the country on ancient literature.

He has written, coedited, and contributed to The Biblical Tour of Hell (T&T Clark, 2013), Character Studies and the Gospel of Mark (T&T Clark, 2014), An Introduction to Empire in the New Testament (Society of Biblical Literature, 2016), Ancient Education and Early Christianity (T&T Clark, 2016), The New Testament in the Context of Greco-Roman Literature (CST Press, 2016), and Greco-Roman Sources of Mark, Luke & Acts (CST Press, 2017).

Matthew lives in Southern California with his lady friend, Olivia, three children, Ryan, Mateo, and Cruz, and three dogs, Lloyd, Boss, and Teddy. The dogs are not pictured.