Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is a professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is especially known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background. Before joining the faculty of Asbury in July 2011, Dr. Keener was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, where he taught for 15 years; before that time he was professor at Hood Theological Seminary.
Craig has authored 17 books, four of which have won awards in Christianity Today. He has also written for various journals, both academic (e.g., Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism; Bulletin for Biblical Research; A.M.E. Church Review) and popular (e.g., Christianity Today; Charisma; Christian History; A.M.E. Zion Missionary Seer). He has published more than 70 academic articles and more than 150 popular ones. He was program chair for the Institute for Biblical Research (2010-12).
Craig has taught in various countries, especially countries in Africa. On rare occasions, he also speaks in other forums (in recent years, for example, for pastors in Cuba; for the national ministers conference of the American Baptist Churches USA; for the National Council of Churches Committee on the Uniform Series; for scholarly meetings; and at a diverse range of theological institutions, in recent years including the Assemblies of God Seminary; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Andrews University; Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines; and Evangel Seminary in Hong Kong).
Craig is married to Médine Moussounga Keener, who holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7 and previously taught at Eastern University. She was a refugee for 18 months in her nation of Congo, and together Craig and Médine work for ethnic reconciliation in the U.S. and Africa (e.g., teaching on this subject among 1700 pastors in Côte d’Ivoire). Craig was ordained in an African-American denomination (National Baptist Convention) in 1991 and for roughly a decade before moving to Wilmore was one of the associate ministers at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, an African-American church in Philadelphia.
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible – hardcover (2016)
The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament – 2nd ed. (2014)
The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (2016)
Acts: An Exegetical Commentary – 4 vols. (2015)
Revelation: NIV Application Commentary (1999)
Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts – 2 vols. (2011)
The Gospel of John – 2 vols. (2010)
The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (2009)
And Marries Another: Divorce and Remarriage in the Teaching of the New Testament (1991)
The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (2012) | In-depth interview with Keener about this book
Matthew: IVP New Testament Commentary (2014)
Revelation: A Vision of Hope – Bringing the Bible to Life Series (2014)
1 & 2 Corinthians (2005)
Defending Black Faith: Answers to Tough Questions About African-American Christianity – co-author Genn Usry (1997)
Black Man’s Religion: Can Christianity be Afrocentric? (1996)
Paul, Women & Wives: Marriage and Women’s Ministry in the Letters of Paul (2014)
Romans – New Covenant Commentary Series (2009)
Acts – Immersion Bible Studies (2011)