Mickey L. Mattox (Ph.D., Duke University 1997) is a historical theologian with primary interests in Martin Luther and the history of biblical interpretation, as well as the theological dialogues between Catholics, Lutherans, and Orthodox. At Marquette he directs the Luther Studies in a Catholic Context program, which was inaugurated in the 1970s under the leadership of Ken Hagen.
Mattox’s publications include “Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs:” Martin Luther's Interpretation of the Women of Genesis (Brill, 2003), a study of Luther’s exegesis in patristic and medieval context. He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on Luther’s theology and exegesis, and is an active participant in the Society for Reformation Studies (Cambridge), the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, the North American Luther Forum, and the International Luther Congress.
Recently he has branched out to the Reformed side of Reformation theology, preparing an introduction to the great Reformer of Basel, Switzerland, Johannes Oecolampadius, together with a translation and critical edition of his lectures on Genesis 1-3. Iohannes Oecolampadius: An Exposition of Genesis appeared from Marquette University Press in 2013.
Mattox’s publications also reflect his interests in ecumenism. Changing Churches? An Orthodox, Catholic, and Lutheran Theological Conversation (Eerdmans, 2012), co-authored with A. Gregg Roeber, offers a theological account of conversion from the Lutheran faith tradition to the Roman Catholic or Orthodox. This work stems in part from his service as Research Professor in the Institute for Ecumenical Research (Strasbourg, France) from 2000-2003, where he worked as a consultant for the international dialogues sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (Geneva), including the International Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission, the Anglican-Lutheran dialogue, and others.He is currently at work on a theological study of the elder Martin Luther.