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Andreas Johannes Köstenberger (born November 2, 1957), usually cited as Andreas J. Köstenberger, is Research Professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1][2] Until 2018 he was Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His primary research interests are the Gospel of John, biblical theology, and hermeneutics.

Andreas Johannes Köstenberger
Born (1957-11-02) November 2, 1957 (age 61)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationBiblical scholar
Known forfounder of Biblical Foundations
Board member ofeditor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
Spouse(s)Margaret (Gerrard)
Academic background
EducationTrinity Evangelical Divinity School
Alma materVienna University of Economics and Business (Ph.D.)
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Main interestsGospel of John, biblical theology, and hermeneutics
Notable ideasJohn (BECNT)


Köstenberger was born on November 2, 1957, in Vienna, Austria,[3] where he was raised in the Roman Catholic Church.[4] As a young man, Köstenberger converted to Evangelicalism.[5] He holds a doctorate from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (the Vienna University of Economics and Business).

At the age of twenty-seven, Köstenberger left Austria for the United States to pursue theological studies at Columbia Bible College and Graduate School of Missions.[6] In 1990 Köstenberger began doctoral studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under D. A. Carson, submitting his dissertation on the mission motif in the Gospel of John in 1993.[7]

Köstenberger then taught at Briercrest Bible College for two years, returned to Trinity for a one-year teaching position to cover for D. A. Carson while he was on sabbatical (during which time, in 1996, Köstenberger received an "Award for Scholarly Productivity" from Trinity), and then took a teaching position at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) in 1996, where he was Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology.[8] At SEBTS he served as director of Ph.D. studies and won a "Presidential Appreciation Award" for outstanding contribution in academic achievement in 2002.

In 2017, while teaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Baker Academic became aware of unintentional (according to Köstenberger) plagiarism in his commentary on John.[9] The volume was removed from publication and Köstenberger was allowed to rewrite it sans the plagiarism. Others had noted the plagiarism since at least 2011.[10] Köstenberger later brought the plagiarism to the attention of Zondervan Academic, who had likewise published the plagiarized portions of his work. They pulled his Zondervan International Bible Backgrounds Commentary and chose to have someone else write a replacement.[11]

He is editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS)[12] and founder of Biblical Foundations, an organization that "exists to strengthen the biblical foundations of the family, the church, and society."[13]

Köstenberger met his wife, Margaret (Marny) Gerrard, while at Columbia Bible College and Graduate School of Missions. They were married on December 2, 1989 and have four children.

Recent or notable booksEdit

  • Köstenberger, Andreas J. (1998). The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples According to the Fourth Gospel. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-4255-8.
    Named one of "Fifteen Outstanding Books of 1998 for Mission Studies" by the International Bulletin of Missionary Research[14]
  • ——— (2004). John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-8010-2644-7.
  • ———; Jones, David W. (2004). God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-58134-580-3.
  • ———; Swain, Scott (2008). Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel. New Studies in Biblical Theology. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0-8308-2625-4.
  • ——— (2009). A Theology of John's Gospel and Letters: The Word, the Christ, the Son of God. Biblical Theology of the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-26986-1.
  • ———; Kellum, L. Scott; Quarles, Charles L. (2009). The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament. ISBN 978-0-8054-4365-3.
  • ———; Kruger, Michael J. (2010). The Heresy of Orthodoxy. ISBN 978-1-4335-0143-2.
  • ———; Jones, David W. (2010). God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (2nd revised ed.). ISBN 978-1-4335-0364-1.
  • ———; Patterson, Richard D. (2011). Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. Invitation to Theological Studies. Kregel Academic. ISBN 978-0-8254-3047-3.
    Was a Finalist for the 2013 Christian Book Award under Bible and Reference[15]
  • ——— (2011). Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue. ISBN 978-1-58134-910-8.
  • ———; Jones, David W. (2012). Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials. ISBN 978-1-4335-2856-9.
  • ———; Kellum, L. Scott; Quarles, Charles L. (2012). The Lion and the Lamb: New Testament Essentials. ISBN 978-1-4336-7708-3. an abridgment of The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (2009)
  • ———; Croteau, David, eds. (2012). Which Bible Translation Should I Use? A Comparison of 4 Major Recent Versions. ISBN 978-1-4336-7646-8.


  1. ^ "A Historic Day for Midwestern Seminary: Andreas Köstenberger Joins the Faculty". Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Midwestern Seminary trustees add Kostenberger, launch Spurgeon College". Midwestern Seminary. April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Köstenberger, Dossier.
  4. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, p. 20.
  5. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, p. 18–19.
  6. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, p. 22.
  7. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, p. 23.
  8. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, p. 23–24
    • Köstenberger, Dossier.
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  12. ^ "Publications."
  13. ^ "Biblical Foundations."
  14. ^ Köstenberger, Dossier
  15. ^ Toomb.


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