Religion Department Faculty

Mikhail M. Kulakov


Education Profile:

Doctor of  Philosophy degree in Theology, the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 2002
Master of Arts in Theology, Andrews University, 1992
BA, Theology, Newbold College, 1984


Mikhail Kulakov led in the development of theological higher education in the former USSR. He founded Zaoksky Adventist university (ZAU) and served as its first president and professor of Theology. In the MA in Religion program he teaches Theological and Ethical issues and the Doctrine of the Church. In the undergraduate program he teaches Law and Human Nature, Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of War and Peace, Introduction to Religion and Introduction to Postmodernism.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Kulakov has completed the modern Russian translation of the Bible from the original languages during his five year sabbatical (2010-2015). He currently serves as Editor in Chief of the WAU/ZAU Russian Bible Translation Institute (BTI). Working in collaboration with leading biblical scholars from universities across Russia, BTI is an initiative in international and inter-denominational collaboration. The Institute has already published the new complete Modern Russian Bible in May 2015 (jointly with the leading Orthodox publisher – St. Andrews Biblical-Theological Institute) and it is widely used by various denominations across Russia and the CIS. Kulakov has been involved in projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trust including the study of Law and Human Nature in the Teachings of Modern Christianity, administered by the Law and Religion Department of Emory University, and Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia conducted by Keston Institute, Oxford. Kulakov is the member of the Board of Experts of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA).

Select publications:

  • Modern Russian Translation of the Bible, editor, St. Andrews Biblical-Theological Institute, Moscow, Russia 2015.
  • “Predislovie k Biblii. Knigi Svyaschennogo Pisaniya Vethogo i Novogo Zaveta v sovremennom russkom perevode [General Introduction to the Books of the Sacred Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament in Modern Russian Translation].” Seriya “Sovremennaya Bibleistika,” Moskva: Izdatel’stvo BBI, 2015.
  • “Previslovie k Knige Daniila. Knige Dvenadtsati v sovremennom russkom perevode v soredaktarstve s M.P. Kulakovym [Introduction to The Book of Daniel. The Book of the Twelve, Modern Russian Translation],” Istochnik Zhizni, Zaoksky, Russia, 2012
  • Kniga Daniila. Kniga Dvenadtsati v sovremennom russkom perevode v soredaktarstve s M.P. Kulakovym [The Book of Daniel. The Book of the Twelve, Modern Russian Translation], editor, Istochnik Zhizni, Zaoksky, Russia, 2012
  • “Vladimir Nikolaievich Lossky (1903-1958),” chapter in The Teachings of Modern Orthodox Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature, edited by John Witte, Frank S. Alexander,  New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
  • “Vladimir Lossky on Law, Politics and Human Nature,” chapter and commentary in The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics and Human Nature, 2 volumes (Columbia University Press, Spring 2005).