Craig S. Keener

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Craig S. Keener
Born 1960
Nationality American
Title Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary
Spouse(s) Médine Moussounga Keener
Academic background
Education Duke University, Central Bible College, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Alma mater Duke University
Thesis year 1991
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. On very rare occasions, he also speaks in other forums, in recent years, for example, for 1700 pastors in Ivory Coast (with his wife Médine, on ethnic reconciliation); for 700 pastors in Cameroon; for pastors in Cuba; for the National Council of Churches Committee on the Uniform Series; for scholarly meetings; among presenters in a Templeton-sponsored gathering at Oxford; and at a diverse range of theological institutions, in recent years including Andrews University; Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines; the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; Crossway College (Australia); Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong; Faculté de Théologie Évangélique du Cameroon; MacQuarie University (ancient history department); New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; United Theological Seminary; and Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Keener is the current editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research.[3]

Craig's wife Médine, earned her Ph.D. from University of Paris 7, and previously taught at Eastern University. She is currently coordinator of family formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. Médine was a refugee for eighteen months in her home country in Africa (Congo-Brazzaville), and together they work for ethnic reconciliation in Africa and elsewhere.



Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (2010). "The Nativity Cave and Gentile Myths". Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism. 7: 59–67. 


  1. ^ dr-craig-s-keener
  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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