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Robert K. Mac Ewen, PhD

  • Academic Dean
  • Associate Professor of New Testament Language and Literature
  • Department of Biblical and Exegetical Studies


Rob is from Northern Virginia in the USA. During his childhood, he also lived in three other American states and four other countries. Before coming to Tyndale, he served as a missionary in various countries, including Singapore, Taiwan, and the USA. Rob is passionate about equipping people with skills for interpreting the Bible so that they can effectively teach God’s word to others. In his spare time, he enjoys having fun with his family, visiting museums, studying the Dutch language, keeping up with current events, and watching movies—especially in the science fiction and super-hero genres. Rob and his wife Lisa are missionaries with Global Outreach International. They have one teenage daughter, Lydia.


  • B.A., Anthropology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA
  • Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, USA

Areas of Academic Interest

  • The Synoptic problem, redaction criticism of the Gospels, textual criticism, biblical theology, New Testament apologetics, and relating the New Testament to its cultural and historical background.

Current Administrative Responsibilities

  • Academic Dean

Professional and Ministry Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty Member, East Asia School of Theology, Singapore
  • Resident Faculty Member, Director of Chinese Theology Department, and Dean of Students, East Asia School of Theology, Singapore
  • Instructor of English, Nankai University, Tianjin, China
  • Instructor of English and English Bible, Presbyterian Bible College, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • Campus Minister to professors, serving with Cru at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
  • Campus Ministry Director, serving with Cru in East Asia
  • Inner-city Minister, serving with Cru in New York City, New York, USA
  • Small Group Ministry Assistant, Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA

Academic Works, Presentations, and Theses Supervised

  • Matthean Posteriority: An Exploration of Matthew’s Use of Mark and Luke as a Solution to the Synoptic Problem. Library of New Testament Studies, ed. Chris Keith, vol. 501. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.
  • “The Matthean Posteriority Hypothesis: The Current Debate over a Neglected Solution to the Synoptic Problem.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Antonio, TX, November 15–­17, 2016.

  • “Matthean Posteriority or the Farrer Hypothesis—Which Is the Better Alternative to Q?” Paper presented at the conference, “Gospel Interpretation and the Q-Hypothesis,” Roskilde, Denmark, June 21–24, 2015.