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Writing Projects by Craig Keener

Editor’s note: After passing along an invitation to speak at an upcoming conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I asked Dr. Craig S. Keener about his current writing projects. – Raul Mock

Drs. Craig S. and Médine Moussounga Keener

In terms of things regularly coming out, there’s my blogsite, although I don’t produce blogs as fast as many people do!

In terms of books, the Acts commentary (Acts: An Exegetical Commentary: 15:1-23:35, Volume 3 came out in September, Volume 4 is scheduled for release in 2015) is pretty academic, so it would appeal to a narrower audience, but the 2nd edition of my revised background commentary (The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament) came out this past year also. I am working on some more new books right now but none are due out in the next couple months.


Your fellow worker,



Some of the recent videos and entries at, the “Bible Background” blogsite:

How can there be three persons in one Trinity? (January 25, 2015)

Selma (Movie review, January 19, 2015)

Rewards and grace, part III: What the reward is (January 18, 2015)

Rewards and grace, part II: What we’re rewarded for (January 16, 2015)

How can we be saved by grace yet rewarded for works? (Part 1 of “Rewards and Grace,” January 14, 2015)

The four twins of Genesis (January 8, 2015)

Using Church Fathers to interpret the Bible? (December 28, 2014)

Preaching from Jesus’s genealogy (YouTube video, December 25, 2014)

Have you ever preached from Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus? Or heard someone preach from it? Matthew opens his Gospel with Jesus’s heritage, which leads right up to the story of Jesus’s birth. Here is a video of Craig explaining salient features of Matthew’s genealogy.

The first Christmas (YouTube video, December 22, 2014)

In this five-minute video, Craig talks about the first Christmas in Luke 2:1-7 and how it contrasts the true, humble, heavenly king with the pomp of the earthly emperor.

Did God love the Egyptians? (December 14, 2014)

Jesus’s Mission—Luke 4:18-19 (December 11, 2014)

Extensive excerpts from Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts are available elsewhere at

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Category: In Depth, Winter 2015

About the Author: Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books, including Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011), the bestselling IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation. In addition to having written more than seventy academic articles, several booklets and more than 150 popular-level articles, Craig is is the New Testament editor (and author of most New Testament notes) for the The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. He is married to Dr. Médine Moussounga Keener, who is from the Republic of Congo, and together they have worked for ethnic reconciliation in North America and Africa. Craig and Médine wrote Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles and Hope against All Odds (Chosen, 2016) to share their story. Twitter: @keener_craig

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