Andreas J. Köstenberger

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Andreas Johannes Köstenberger (born November 2, 1957) is Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and founding director of the Center for Biblical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[1][2] He is an evangelical scholar, author, and founder of Biblical Foundations, an organization devoted to encouraging a return to the biblical foundations in the home, the church, and society. His primary research interests are the Gospel of John, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics.

Andreas Johannes Köstenberger
Andreas Köstenberger Lecturing at MBTS.jpg
Born (1957-11-02) November 2, 1957 (age 62)
Vienna, Austria
OccupationBiblical Scholar
Academic background
EducationMag. et Dr. rer. soc. oec. (1980, 1982), M.Div. (1988), Ph.D. (1993)
Alma materTrinity Evangelical Divinity School

Columbia International University

Vienna University of Economics and Business
Doctoral advisorD. A. Carson
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament, Biblical Studies, Biblical Theology
InstitutionsMidwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Main interestsGospel of John, Biblical Theology, and Hermeneutics
Notable worksThe Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters, BTNT (2009), God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (2010), The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament (2016), Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (2020)
Websitehttps://www.biblicalfoundations.org/

Background and EducationEdit

Köstenberger was born on November 2, 1957, in Vienna, Austria. He received a masters (1980) and doctorate (1982) in social and economic sciences from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (the Vienna University of Economics and Business).[3] Subsequently, at the age of twenty-seven, he traveled to the United States to complete a Masters of Divinity (1988) at Columbia International University (then Columbia Bible College and Graduate School of Missions) and doctorate (1993) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under the direction of D. A. Carson.[4] While studying with Dr. Carson, he completed his dissertation on the mission motif in John which was published in 1998 under the title, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples in the Fourth Gospel.[5] In 2011, Köstenberger edited a Festschrift for his former mentor and doctoral advisor D. A. Carson entitled, Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century.[6]

CareerEdit

Upon completion of his doctorate, Köstenberger was Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Briercrest College and Seminary from 1993-1995. In 1996, he took a teaching position at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) where he was Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology.[7] At SEBTS he served as director of Ph.D. studies for 12 years. In 2007, he was elected by the Governing Body to a 5-year term as Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge in Cambridge, England.[8] In April 2018, the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS) board of trustees elected Dr. Köstenberger to the faculty as Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology.[9][10]

Köstenberger has authored, edited, or translated close to fifty books.[11] He has 93 works in 310 publications translated into 5 languages such as German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.[12] His works have been reviewed by many,[13] [14] [15] including Albert Mohler and George H. Guthrie.[16] [17] In 1997 and 1999, he translated the two-volume New Testament theology by Swiss-German scholar Adolf Schlatter, bringing this specific work to the English-speaking world for the first time, along with another of his books, Do We Know Jesus?[18][19][20]

Köstenberger currently serves as editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, a position he has held for over 21 years.[21][22] From 1996-1997 he was the editor of CBMW News (later Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood; now eikon: A Journey for Biblical Anthropology).[23] He served as the Director of Acquisitions for B&H Academic from 2010–2014.[24] He also is editor of multiple series such as The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series (ECC),[25] Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT), Evangelical Biblical Theological Commentary ([EBTC], formerly Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation), and the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT).[26]

Köstenberger serves as the founding director of the Center for Biblical Studies at MBTS.[27] The Center engages in biblical scholarship for the church and produces resources such as articles, podcasts,[28] book reviews, and more.[29][30]

In 2006, he and his wife Margaret founded Biblical Foundations. According to their website, "The mission of Biblical Foundations is to help restore the biblical foundations for the family, the church, and society."[31]

In 2006, Köstenberger participated in a roundtable discussion on Dan Brown's popular book, The Da Vinci Code, in Wake Forest, N.C.[32] Other panelists included Richard B. Hays, Norman Geisler, and Bart D. Ehrman. The roundtable took place in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people and addressed historical issues in the popular fiction book along with discussions on biblical inerrancy, biblical historical reliability, and the roles of women in the church.[33] Subsequently, along with Darrell L. Bock and Josh Chatraw, Köstenberger wrote two books largely in response to Bart D. Ehrman, Truth Matters[34] and Truth in a Culture of Doubt.[35][36]

In 2010, Köstenberger lectured in multiple countries throughout Europe presenting scholarly papers on various themes concerning Johannine theology. He presented at the University of Cambridge, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and the Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen.[37] The same year, he presented a paper on “John’s Transposition of the Synoptic Pattern: Retelling the Story of Jesus in Another Key” at the Tyndale House (Cambridge) which was subsequently published in the FestschriftEarliest Christian History: History, Literature, and Theology: Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel.[38] He has also taught a number of online courses for organizations such as The Gospel Coalition[39] and the Charles Simeon Trust, appearing alongside other biblical scholars such as J. I. Packer, Albert Mohler, and Michael J. Kruger.[40]

Dr. Kostenberger has appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts, including the B.A.R. Podcast,[41] the Biblical Foundations Podcast,[42] For the Church Podcast with Jared Wilson,[43] the Preaching & Preachers Podcast with Jason K. Allen,[44] The Table Podcast with Darrell L. Bock, The Mind Renewed Podcast with Julian Charles,[45] and the White Horse Inn.[46]

Köstenberger has mentored a number of students over the years, many of whom are scholars and pastors around the world and in multiple denominations. Notable students include Scott Kellum (NT Professor, SEBTS),[47] Joshua Chatraw, R. Alan Fuhr (OT Professor, Liberty University), Alexander Stewart (Academic Dean at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Europe)),[48] Keith Campbell (Global Scholars, VP),[49] and more.

He has worked as a consultant on John’s Gospel for four English Bible translations including: the English Standard Version (Crossway),[50] Holman Christian Standard Bible (Broadman & Holman), and Today’s English Version (TEV). In addition to the Gospel of John, he worked as a consultant for 1–3 John and Revelation for the TEV.

Köstenberger holds memberships with the Evangelical Theological Society, Institute for Biblical Research, and Society of Biblical Literature. He has delivered plenary addresses at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society and at regional ETS meetings.[51]

HonorsEdit

  • (2002) "Presidential Appreciation Award for outstanding contribution in academic achievement", from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • (2013) Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (Invitation to Theological Studies Series) was chosen as one of five finalists in the Commentary/Reference Works category for the "Gold Medallion" awards by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).[52]
  • (2014) "Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship", from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (along with wife Margaret).[53]
  • (2015) Truth Matters won the "Christian Retailing's Best Awards" in the Category of Evangelism, from B&H Publishing Group.[54]

Personal LifeEdit

During the last year of his Masters of Divinity, Köstenberger met his wife, Margaret. They married in December 1989.[55] Margaret holds a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) degree from the University of South Africa and is Associate Professor of Theology and Women's Ministry and Faculty Coordinator of Women's Ministry Programs at MBTS.[56]

Köstenberger's sister, Dorice Köstenberger, is a first violinist in the Vienna Symphony, a position she has held since 1986.[57] She was the first female violinist to ever be admitted entrance to the symphony.

Andreas and Margaret have four children and currently live in Kansas City, MO.[58]

Selected WorksEdit

  • Köstenberger, Andreas (1995). Women in the Church. Baker. (with H. Scott Baldwin and Thomas R. Schreiner and contributors).
  • ——— (1998). The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples in the Fourth Gospel. Eerdmans.
  • ——— (1999). Encountering John. Baker.
  • ——— (1999). Frauen in der Kirche. Brunnen.
  • ——— (2001). Salvation to the Ends of the Earth. NSBT. InterVarsity Press.
  • ——— (2001). Studies on John and Gender: A Decade of Scholarship. Peter Lang.
  • ——— (2003). The Book Study Concordance. B&H. (with Raymond Bouchoc).
  • ——— (2004). God, Marriage, and Family. Crossway. (with David W. Jones).
  • ——— (2005). Whatever Happened to Truth?. Crossway. (with contributors Albert Mohler, J. P. Moreland, and Kevin Vanhoozer).
  • ——— (2005). Women in the Church (2nd ed.). Baker. (with H. Scott Baldwin and Thomas R. Schreiner and contributors).
  • ——— (2006). "1-2 Timothy, Titus." in Expositor's Bible Commentary, vol. 12 (rev ed.). Zondervan.
  • ——— (2007). "John," in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Baker.
  • ——— (2007). Quo Vadis, Evangelicalism?: Perspectives on the Past, Direction for the Future: Nine Presidential Addresses from the First Fifty Years of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Crossway. (with contributors).
  • ——— (2008). Father, Son, and Spirit: The Trinity and John's Gospel. NSBT. InterVarsity. (with Scott R. Swain).
  • ——— (2009). The Theology of John's Gospel and Letters. BTNT. Zondervan.
  • ——— (2009). The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament. B&H Academic. (with L. Scott Kellum and Charles L. Quarles).
  • ——— (2010). Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul's Theology in the Pastoral Epistles. B&H Academic. (editor, with Terry Wilder and contributors).
  • ——— (2010). God, Marriage, and Family (2nd ed.). Crossway. (with David W. Jones).
  • ——— (2010). The Heresy of Orthodoxy. Crossway. (with Michael J. Kruger).
  • ——— (2010). Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul's Theology in the Pastoral Epistles. NACMS. B&H.
  • ——— (2011). Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century. Crossway. (with Robert W. Yarbrough and contributors).
  • ——— (2011). Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue. Crossway.
  • ——— (2011). Invitation to Biblical Interpretation. Kregel. (with Richard Patterson).
  • ——— (2012). Marriage and the Family: Biblical Essentials. Crossway. (with David W. Jones).
  • ——— (2012). The Lion and the Lamb. B&H. (with Charles L Quarles and L. Scott Kellum).
  • ——— (2012). Which Bible Translation Should I Use?: A Comparison of 4 Major Recent Versions. B&H. (editor, with David Croteau).
  • ——— (2013). "John," in Holman Apologetics Commentary: Gospels & Acts. B&H.
  • ——— (2013). Encountering John (2nd ed.). Baker.
  • ——— (2014). The Final Days of Jesus. Crossway. (with Justin Taylor).
  • ——— (2014). Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. B&H. (with Darrell L. Bock and Josh Chatraw).
  • ——— (2014). God's Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey. Crossway. (with Margaret Köstenberger).
  • ——— (2014). Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Popular Distortions of the Bible. Nashville: B&H. (with Darrell L. Bock and Josh Chatraw).
  • ——— (2015). The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation. Crossway. (with Alexander Stewart).
  • ——— (2015). For the Love of God's Word: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Kregel. (with Richard Duane Patterson).
  • ——— (2016). Inductive Bible Study. B&H.(with Al Fuhr).
  • ——— (2016). The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament (2nd ed.). B&H. (with Charles L Quarles and L. Scott Kellum).
  • ——— (2016). Women in the Church (3rd ed.). Crossway. (with Thomas R. Schreiner and contributors).
  • ——— (2016). Going Deeper with New Testament Greek. B&H. (with Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer).
  • ——— (2017). Jesus and the Future: Understanding What He Taught about the End Times. Lexham. (with Alexander Stewart and Apollo Makara).
  • ——— (2017). Commentary on 1-2 Timothy and Titus. B&H.
  • ——— (2018). Equipping for Life: A Guide for New, Aspiring, and Struggling Parents. Christian Focus. (with Margaret Köstenberger).
  • ——— (2020). The Jesus of the Gospels. Kregel.
  • ——— (2020). The Holy Spirit: Theology for the Community of God. B&H. (with Gregg Allison).
  • ——— (2020). Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission. NSBT (2nd ed.). InterVarsity.
  • ——— (2020). Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (2nd ed.). Kregel. (with Richard Patterson).
  • ——— (2020). Handbook on Hebrews Through Revelation (Handbooks on the New Testament). Baker Academic.
  • ——— (2020). Parenting Essentials: Equipping Your Children for Life. Christian Focus. (with Margaret Köstenberger).
  • ——— (2020). Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (2nd ed.). B&H. (with Benjamin L. Merkle and Robert L. Plummer).


  • Schlatter, Adolf (1997). The History of the Christ. Translated by Köstenberger, Andreas. Baker.
  • ——— (1999). The Theology of the Apostles. Translated by Köstenberger, Andreas. Baker.
  • ——— (2005). Do We Know Jesus?. Translated by Köstenberger, Andreas; Yarbrough, Robert. Kregel Academic.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "A Historic Day for Midwestern Seminary: Andreas Köstenberger Joins the Faculty". patheos.com. 2018-04-10. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "Midwestern Seminary trustees add Kostenberger, launch Spurgeon College". Midwestern Seminary. April 10, 2018. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Andreas J. Köstenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011), 22–23.
  4. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, 22–23.
  5. ^ Andreas Köstenberger, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples in the Fourth Gospel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998).
  6. ^ Andreas Köstenberger and Robert W. Yarbrough, eds, Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century: Essays in Honor of D. A. Carson on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).
  7. ^ Andreas J. Köstenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011), 23–24.
  8. ^ http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/reporter/2007-08/weekly/6118/28.html
  9. ^ https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thoughtlife/2018/04/a-historic-day-for-midwestern-seminary-andreas-kostenberger-joins-the-faculty/
  10. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/fashion/weddings/lauren-kostenberger-john-todd-v.html
  11. ^ https://www.mbts.edu/about/faculty/andreas-kostenberger/
  12. ^ http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n95082801;/
  13. ^ https://www.reformation21.org/articles/a-theology-of-johns-gospel-and-letters.php
  14. ^ https://www.evangeliums.net/buecher/rezension_frauen_in_der_kirche.html
  15. ^ https://www.coalicionporelevangelio.org/resenas/en-defensa-de-la-verdad-resena/
  16. ^ https://albertmohler.com/2006/05/17/a-christian-vision-of-marriage-and-family-2/
  17. ^ http://www.uu.edu/centers/science/bookreviews/review.cfm?ID=88
  18. ^ Adolf Schlatter, The History of the Christ: The Foundation of New Testament Theology, trans. Andreas Köstenberger (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2020).
  19. ^ Schlatter,Do We Know Jesus? Daily Insights for the Mind and Soul, trans. Andreas Köstenberger and Robert Yarbrough (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2005).
  20. ^ Schlatter, Theology of the Apostles: The Development of New Testament Theology, trans. Andreas Köstenberger (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1999).
  21. ^ https://www.etsjets.org/jets
  22. ^ https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/48/48-1/48-1-pp033-062_JETS.pdf
  23. ^ https://cbmw.org.
  24. ^ "B&H Academic director of acquisitions named".
  25. ^ "THE NEXT CHAPTER IN THE EVANGELICAL EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY SERIES". Lexham Press. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  26. ^ https://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/categories/exegetical-guide-to-the-greek-new-testament/
  27. ^ https://www.mbts.edu/2019/10/center-for-biblical-studies-launched-at-midwestern-seminary/
  28. ^ https://cbs.mbts.edu/podcast/
  29. ^ http://www.bpnews.net/53696/center-for-biblical-studies-launched-at-mbts
  30. ^ https://metrovoicenews.com/new-center-for-biblical-studies-opens-at-midwestern-seminary/
  31. ^ "About".
  32. ^ http://www.bpnews.net/22635/da-vinci-code-panel-anchors-2020-collegiate-conference
  33. ^ Ibid.
  34. ^ Köstenberger, Andreas; Bock, Darrell; Chatraw, Josh (2014). Truth matters : confident faith in a confusing world. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1433682261.
  35. ^ Köstenberger, Andreas; Bock, Darrell; Chatraw, Josh (2014). Truth in a culture of doubt : engaging skeptical challenges of the Bible. Nashville. ISBN 9781433684043.
  36. ^ Another of Köstenberger's books, Köstenberger, Andreas; Kruger, Michael (2010). The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary Culture's Fascination with Diversity Has Reshaped Our Understanding of Early Christianity. Wheaton: Crossway. ISBN 978-1433501432., deals extensively with Bart D. Ehrman's views.
  37. ^ http://www.giessener-zeitung.de/giessen/beitrag/33011/prof-dr-andreas-koestenberger-zu-vortraegen-an-der-fth/
  38. ^ Michael Bird and Jason Maston, eds., Earliest Christian History: History, Literature, and Theology: Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel (Tübingen, Germany: Mohr/Siebeck, 2012), 191–226.
  39. ^ Köstenberger, Andreas; Kruger, Michael. "TGC Course: Early Christianity and the New Testament Canon". The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. "TGC Course: Invitation to Biblical Interpretation". The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. "TGC Course:The First Days of Jesus". The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. "TGC Course: The Final Days of Jesus". The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas; Köstenberger, Margaret. "TGC Course: Parenting: Equipping for Life". The Gospel Coalition.
  40. ^ "Systematic Theology & Preaching". Charles Simeon Trust.
  41. ^ "Dr. Andreas Köstenberger – the B.A.R. Podcast".
  42. ^ "Podcast Archive - the Center for Biblical Studies".
  43. ^ "Episode 044: Andreas and Margaret Köstenberger on God-Centered Parenting : For the Church Podcast". 2018-11-14.
  44. ^ ""Best of 2018" Episode 77: Preaching the Gospel of John".
  45. ^ "TMR 191 : Dr. Andreas J. Köstenberger : The Heresy of Orthodoxy".
  46. ^ "Andreas Kostenberger – White Horse Inn".
  47. ^ "L. Scott Kellum". www.sebts.edu.
  48. ^ "Alexander Stewart". tyndale-europe.edu.
  49. ^ "Leadership". Global Scholars.
  50. ^ https://www.esv.org/translation/review-scholars/
  51. ^ https://www.etsjets.org/files/JETS-PDFs/48/48-1/48-1-pp033-062_JETS.pdf
  52. ^ Toomb, Sheri. "ECPA Announces 2013 Christian Book Award Finalists; Winners to Be Announced Mon., Apr. 29". ECPA. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  53. ^ "CBMW Gives Awards for Scholarship and Leadership". 2014-11-19.
  54. ^ https://www.frontgatemedia.com/bh-wins-20-christian-retailings-best-awards/
  55. ^ Köstenberger, Excellence, 23.
  56. ^ "Margaret E. Köstenberger".
  57. ^ https://www.wienersymphoniker.at/en/orchestra/wiener-symphoniker
  58. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/fashion/weddings/lauren-kostenberger-john-todd-v.html

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