Craig S. Keener

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Craig S. Keener
Born 1960
Nationality American
Title F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary
Spouse(s) Médine Moussounga Keener
Academic background
Education Duke University, Central Bible College/Evangel University, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University
Alma mater Duke University
Thesis  (1991)
Doctoral advisor D. Moody Smith
Academic work
Institutions Palmer Theological Seminary
Asbury Theological Seminary
Notable works Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (in four volumes)(2012-2015)

Craig S. Keener is a North American academic and professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary.[1]

Keener received his Ph.D. in New Testament Studies and Christian Origins from Duke University. Prior to Asbury Theological Seminary, he was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University for nearly 15 years, where he was also one of the associate pastors at an African-American Baptist church in Philadelphia. (He was ordained in an African-American Baptist church in 1991, but serves students and settings related to a range of traditions.) He has authored a number of commentaries on New Testament books as well as books covering a range of topics from Jesus and Paul to the African-American church. His popular IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament has sold over half a million copies. According to Bruce Chilton, Keener's 2009 book The Historical Jesus of the Gospels "marks a notable moment in the critical study of Jesus" in that Keener uses the study of Jesus' Jewish environment to argue for the authenticity of the Gospels.[2]

Keener has taught in various countries, especially countries in Africa. Keener is the current editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research.[3]



Articles and chapters[edit]

n.b. partial list

  • ——— (1987). "Matthew 5:22 and the Heavenly Court". Expository Times. 99 (2): 46. 
  • ——— (2000). "Marriage". In Evans, Craig A.; Porter, Stanley E. Dictionary of New Testament Background. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. pp. 680–93. 
  • ——— (2003). "Some New Testament Invitations to Ethnic Reconciliation". Evangelical Quarterly. 75 (3): 195–213. 
  • ——— (2003). "Spirit, Holy Spirit, Advocate, Breath, Wind". In Evans, Craig A.; Gowan, Donald E. Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press. pp. 484–96. 
  • ——— (2005). "'Brood of Vipers' (Mt. 3.7; 12.34; 23.33)". Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 28 (1): 3–11. 
  • ——— (2006). "Paul's 'Friends' the Asiarchs (Acts 19.31)". Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. 3: 134–41. 
  • ——— (2008). "Novel's 'Exotic' Places and Luke's African Official (Acts 8:27)". Andrews University Seminary Studies. 46 (1): 5–20. 
  • ——— (2008). "Between Asia and Europe: Postcolonial Mission in Acts 16:8-10". Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies. 11 (1–2): 3–14. 
  • ——— (2008). "Some Rhetorical Techniques in Acts 24:2-21". In Porter, Stanley E. Paul’s World. Leiden: E. J. Brill. pp. 221–51. 
  • ——— (2009). "Fever and Dysentery in Acts 28:8 and Ancient Medicine". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 19 (3): 393–402. 
  • ——— (2009). "We Beheld his Glory (Jn 1:14)". In Anderson, Paul N.; Just, Felix; Thatcher, Tom. Aspects of Historicity in the Fourth Gospel Vol. 2 of John, Jesus and History. SBL Early Christianity and It's Literature 2. Atlanta, GE: Society of Biblical Literature. pp. 15–25. 
  • ——— (2010). "The Nativity Cave and Gentile Myths". Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. 7: 59–67. 
  • ——— (2010). "The Pillars and the Right Hand of Fellowship in Galatians 2:9". Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. 7: 51–58. 
  • ——— (2010). "Spirit Possession as a Cross-Cultural Experience". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 20 (2): 215–36. 
  • ——— (2011). "We Beheld his Glory (Jn 1:14)". In Westerholm, Stephen. The Blackwell Companion to Paul. Malden, MA: Blackwell. pp. 46–62. 
  • ——— (2012). "Paul and Sedition: Pauline Apologetic in Acts". Bulletin for Biblical Research. 22 (2): 201–24. 
  • ——— (2013). "John, Gospel of". In Green, Joel B.; Brown, Jeannine K.; Perrin, Nicholas. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press. pp. 419–36. 
  • ——— (2013). "Youthful Vigor and the Maturity of Age: Peter and the Beloved Disciple in John 20—21". In Chrupcala, L. Daniel. John: Essays on the Fourth Gospel in Honour of Frédéric Manns. Milan: Rdizioni Terra Santa. pp. 559–75. 
  • ——— (2014). "Luke-Acts and the Historical Jesus". In Charlesworth, James; Rhea, Brian; Pokorny, Petr. Jesus Research: New Methodologies and Perceptions. The Second Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. pp. 600–623. 
  • ——— (2014). "Miracle Reports: Perspectives, Analogies, Explanations". In Charlesworth, James; Rhea, Brian. Hermeneutik der frühchristlichen Wundererzählungen: Historiche, literarische und rezeptionsästhetische Aspekte. WUNT. 339. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. pp. 53–65. 
  • ——— (2015). "Miracles". In Balentine, Samuel E. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Theology. 2. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 101–7. 
  • ——— (2016). "Paul's Positive Madness in Acts 26:24-25". In Lang, Manfred; Verheyden, Joseph. Goldene Anfänge und Aufbrüche: Johann Jakob Wettstein und die Apostelgeschichte. Arbeiten zur Bibel und Ihrer Geschichte. Lepizig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt. pp. 311–20. 
  • ——— (2016). "Transformed Thinking in Paul's Letters". Doon Theological Journal. 13: 5–24. 
  • ——— (2016). "'What Is Truth?': Pilate's Perspective on Jesus in John 18:33-38". In Anderson, Paul N.; Just, Felix; Thatcher, Tom. Glimpses of Jesus through the Johannine Lens, Vol. 3 of John, Jesus and History. SBL Early Christianity and It's Literature 18. Atlanta, GE: Scholars Press. pp. 77–94. 
  • ——— (2017). "'What Is Truth?': Pilate's Perspective on Jesus in John 18:33-38". In Thatcher, Tom; Keith, Chris; Person, Jr., Raymond F.; Stern, Elsie R.; Odor, Judith. The Dictionary of the Bible and Ancient Media. New York: T&T Clark. pp. 337–41. 


  1. ^ "Craig S. Keener's Asbury faculty page". Retrieved July 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ Chilton, Bruce (2011). "The Historical Jesus of the Gospels". Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 73: 393–394. 
  3. ^ "Board Members". Institute for Biblical Research. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 

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