Mr David Z Blackwell

Thesis title: The Gospel of Matthew's Use of the Psalms


I am a member of the first cohort of Distance PhD candidates which began in 2019. 


I attended the University of Central Florida and received a BA in English: Creative Writing with a minor in Judaic Studies. I received an MDiv from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I completed a ThM in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary and wrote my master's thesis "The Psalms in Matthew's Passion Narrative" under the supervision of Dr. Dale C. Allison.

I have completed additional coursework in religion at Princeton University and in education at Florida Southern College.

Responsibilities & affiliations

American Society of Papyrologists

British New Testament Society

European Association of Biblical Studies

International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

North American Patristic Society

Society of Biblical Literature



Research summary

The Gospel of Matthew

Synoptic Gospels





Reception of the Figure of David

non-canonical Gospels

Judaean coins


Papers delivered

  • "Blurring Boundaries: The Figure of David as Prophet, Priest, and King" –– Categories and Boundaries in Second Temple Jewish Literature sponsored by Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham (2021)
  • "Anti-Judaism, the Gospel of Matthew, and The Dead Sea Scrolls" –– The Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion [SECOR] (2019)
  • "Wholeness and Holiness in Matthew 5:48" –– Student Religious Studies Conference Sponsored by the Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (2016)
  • "Wholeness and Holiness in Matthew 5:48" –– Evangelical Theological Society Southeastern Regional Meeting (2016)
  • "Blurring Boundaries: The Figure of David as Prophet, Priest, and King"  Advances in Ancient, Biblical, and Near Eastern Research 2, no. 2 (December 2022), 77–112.
  • Transcriptions of Philippians in 1, 18, 302, 489, 1241 –– International Greek New Testament Project –– (October 2020)
  • Transcriptions of Judaean Coins -- Princeton University: Firestone Library –– (2016–2017)



  • Review of Eckhard J. Schnabel, Jesus in Jerusalem: The Last Days, Reading Religion (2022).
  • Review of Anders Runesson & Daniel M. Gurtner, eds., Matthew in Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature (March 2022).
  • Review of Elijah Hixson and Peter J. Gurry, eds. Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism, Reading Religion (2021).
  • Review of John Paul Heil, The Gospel of Matthew: Worship in the Kingdom of Heaven, Review of Biblical Literature (2020).
  • Blackwell, David. “Jesus the Priest.” The Expository Times 131, no. 7 (2020): 330-331.