Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor
of New Testament
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Controversies and Meaning in Western History
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Exiled to the island of Patmos over 1,900 years ago, a prophet named
John wrote a remarkable letter to fellow Christians. That letter is
the Apocalypse of John, also known as the book of Revelation, and Christians
and non-Christians alike have been debating its message ever since.
A major commentary in the Anchor Yale Bible
series. Yale University Press (forthcoming 2014).
This volume introduces
readers to the history of interpretation and influence that has
shaped the interpretation of the book. It sketches out a
multifaceted social setting for Revelation, and highlights the
book’s literary and rhetorical features. A central aspect of the
book is its attention to Revelation’s theological dimensions, which
depict the conflict between the Creator and the destroyers, the Lamb
and the beast, and Babylon and New Jerusalem. There is a wealth of
material from inscriptions and papyri, ancient artwork, and Jewish
and Greco-Roman sources. By engaging with a wide range of
scholarship, ranging from the early church to the present, the
commentary opens up one of the most intriguing and disputed books in
The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel
This accessible, engaging work explores the
major theological dimensions of John’s Gospel, including God, the
world and its people, Jesus, the crucifixion and resurrection, the
Spirit, faith, and discipleship.
The introduction provides a succinct overview
of the Gospel and shows how disputes about John’s theology
throughout history have significantly shaped the church and wider
society. In the course of this discussion, such expressions as being
“born again” and Jesus as “the way” — which evoke both interest and
uneasiness today — become much clearer in the context of the Gospel
as a whole.
Wm. B. Eerdmans
Symbolism in the Fourth
is a study of the imagery and theology of the Gospel of John.
2nd edition, Fortress Press,
Revelation and the End of All Things
the End of All Things is a highly readable
guide to Revelation that engages the questions people most often ask
about this difficult book in the Bible. Craig Koester ably takes
readers through the entire book of Revelation, drawing on the best
of recent scholarship while also giving attention to questions
arising from events like the siege at Waco, the phenomenal sales of
books in the Left Behind series, and the use of Revelation
in hymnody and art.
Wm. B. Eerdmans
in the Anchor Bible Commentary series
A major study of the book of Hebrews.
Doubleday, Spring 2001.
"C. H. Dodd and Rudolf Bultmann on History, the Jesus
Tradition, and the Fourth Gospel." In The Gospel of John and the
Jesus of History: Engaging with C. H. Dodd on the Fourth Gospel.
Edited by Tom Thatcher and Catrin Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge
University, forthcoming 2013.
"Theological Complexity and the Characterization of
Nicodemus in the Gospel of John." Pages 163-79 in Characters and
Characterization in John's Gospel. Edited by Christopher Skinner.
Library of New Testament Studies. London: T&T Clark, forthcoming 2013.
"Hebrews, Rhetoric, and the Future of Humanity." In
Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students.
Edited by Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden. Atlanta: Society of
Biblical Literature, 2011.
Narrative Lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. On the Sundays
from September through May each year the texts follow the sweep of the
biblical story, from Creation through the early Christian church.
Journeys of Paul Web Tour
Paul's life and writings show how the gospel
addressed people in cities throughout the ancient world. This web
tour, designed by Craig Koester, enables modern readers to follow
the routes traveled by Paul and to connect Paul's message with the
contexts in which he worked.
Cities of Revelation Web Tour
The book of Revelation, like the letters of Paul,
speaks to Christians contending with issues in the places where they
live. The opening chapters of Revelation tell us about Christians in
seven different cities. This web tour, designed by Craig Koester, is
a vivid way to learn more about the situation of the book's first
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