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portrait of Kenneth Berding

Kenneth A. Berding

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Trinity Theological Seminary
  • Th.B., Multnomah Bible College

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Dr. Berding is author of Polycarp and Paul, What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View, and Sing and Learn New Testament Greek, and co-editor of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About and Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. He has published articles in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vigiliae Christiane, Evangelical Quarterly, New Testament Studies, and Tyndale Bulletin. Before coming to Talbot, Dr. Berding was a church planter in the Middle East and taught at Nyack College just north of New York City. He has a heart for God and ministry, and has written many worship songs and served as a worship pastor in local church ministry.

Affiliations

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute for Biblical Research

Awards and Honors

  • New Testament Greek Award, Multnomah, 1986
  • Valedictorian and Baccalaureate Speaker, Multnomah, 1986
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1986
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 1986
  • Award in New Testament, Talbot School of Theology/ Biola University, 1996
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 8th ed. (2004) and 9th ed. (2005)
  • Faculty Excellence Award/Biola University, 2008
  • Provost Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students 2008

Publications

Books

  • Polycarp and Paul: An Analysis of Their Lierary & Theological Relationship in light of Polycarp's Use of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Literature.” Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae 62 (Leiden: Brill, 2002).
  • What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View” (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006).
  • Sing and Learn New Testament Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn Greek Grammar” (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).
  • What The New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings” (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008). Co-editor with Matt Williams. Fifteen different contributing authors from twelve Christian colleges and universities across North America.
  • Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008). Co-editor with Jonathan Lunde. Contributing authors: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns.

Articles

  • Depth and Delight.Discipleship Journal 104, March/April 1998. Pp. 75.
  • Polycarp of Smyrna's View of the Authorship of 1 and 2 Timothy.Vigiliae Christianae 53, 1999. Pp. 349-360.
  • Confusing Word and Concept” in "Spiritual Gifts: Have We Forgotten James Barr's Exhortations?" Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43 (2000): 37-51.
  • The Hermeneutical Framework of Social-Scientific Criticism: How much can Evangelicals get involved?The Evangelical Quarterly 75, 2003. Pp. 3-22.
  • Romans 12.4-8: One Sentence or Two?New Testament Studies 52 (2006): 433-439.
  • How Did the New Testament Canon Come Together?Sundoulos (Spring 2007): 2-7.
  • Introducing Paul”, in What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008).
  • Philippians”, in What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008).
  • An Analysis of Three Views on the New Testament's Use of the Old Testament”. In Three Views on the New Testament's Use of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).
  • John or Paul? Who was Polycarp's Mentor?Tyndale Bulletin 58 (2008).
  • Is 1 Corinthians 7:12 Only Paul's Personal Opinion?Biola Magazine, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Ministry of Paul
  • Exegetical foundations for spiritual gifts
  • Greek language
  • The social world of the New Testament
  • Using music to teach college material