Scot McKnight

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Scot McKnight
Scot McKnight ACU Summit 2013.JPG
Scot McKnight speaking at ACU's Summit in 2013.
Residence Libertyville, Illinois
Nationality American
Education Cornerstone University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, University of Nottingham
Employer Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

Scot McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, speaker, author and blogger who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity, the emerging church and missional church movements, spiritual formation and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL.[1][2] McKnight is an ordained Anglican with anabaptist leanings, and has also written frequently on issues in modern anabaptism.[3][4]

Childhood and education[edit]

McKnight was born in Illinois and raised in Freeport, Illinois. He earned his B.A. degree from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now known as Cornerstone University), an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham in 1986, where he studied under James D.G. Dunn, famous for his work on the new perspective on Paul.


McKnight was the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University from 1994 to 2012. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

McKnight is a prolific author, with more than fifty books to his credit. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living and has spawned a number of popular small group studies and a DVD series.[5]

McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, which was formerly hosted by Beliefnet and is now hosted by Patheos, is currently one of the most popular Evangelical blogs online.[6]

McKnight is a popular author and speaker on issues related to the emerging church, with his blog being named the most popular blog online related to the movement.[7][8][9] He has generally been a proponent of the movement and supported many of the movement's aims. However, in recent years he has expressed some concern about the direction of the movement, particularly regarding the "emergent" stream within the emerging church and some of the work by his friend Brian McLaren.[10] He and Dan Kimball more or less officially broke with the emerging movement and have since formed ReGeneration, an event that focuses on ministry to and with young adults.

McKnight has lectured in numerous countries, including Canada, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, England, and Ireland.

He has also been identified with the New Perspective on Paul.[11][12][13]

McKnight has recently (April 2014) announced on his blog becoming part of the Anglican Communion and April 26, 2014 was ordained into Anglican Holy Orders as a Deacon at Church of the Redeemer in Highland Park, Illinois.

Personal Life[edit]

He and his wife, Kristen, who is a psychologist, live in Libertyville, Illinois and have two children.[14] He and his daughter, Laura Barringer, authored the children's version of The Jesus Creed in 2014. The work is titled Sharing God's Love - The Jesus Creed for Children.


  • "A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God's Design for Life Together" (Publisher: Zondervan, February 24, 2015)
  • Sharing God's Love : The Jesus Creed for Children (Paraclete Press, 2014)
  • "Kingdom Conspiracy" (Brazos, 2014)
  • "The Sermon on the Mount" (Zondervan, 2013)
  • A Long Faithfulness: The Case For Christian Perseverance (Patheos Press, 2013)
  • The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011)
  • The Letter of James, part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) (Eerdmans, 2011)
  • One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (Zondervan, 2010)
  • The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (Zondervan, 2008)
  • A Community Called Atonement (Abingdon, 2007)
  • The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus (Paraclete, 2006)
  • Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today (Paraclete, 2006)
  • The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law (Baker, 2005)
  • Jesus And His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, And Atonement Theory (Baylor, 2005)
  • The Historical Jesus in Current Study, ed. with James Dunn (Eisenbraun’s, 2005)
  • Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us (Paraclete, 2005)
  • The Face of New Testament Studies, ed. with Grant Osborne (Baker, 2004)
  • The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004)
  • Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels (Westminster John Knox, 2002)
  • The Synoptic Gospels: An Annotated Bibliography, with Matthew Williams (Baker, 2000)
  • A New Vision for Israel: The Teachings of Jesus in National Context (Eerdmans, 1999)
  • 1 Peter, NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 1996)
  • Galatians, NIV Application Commentary (Zondervan, 1993)
  • Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, ed. with Joel Green & I. Howard Marshall, (IVP, 1992)
  • A Light among the Gentiles (Fortress, 1992)
  • Introducing New Testament Interpretation (Baker, 1989)
  • Interpreting the Synoptic Gospels (Baker, 1988)


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