Steven J. Kraftchick

Director, General and Advanced Studies; Professor in the Practice of New Testament Interpretation
Steven J. Kraftchick
Phone: 404.727.2883
    • PhD, Emory University, 1985
    • MDiv, Abilene Christian University, 1978
    • BS, University of Florida, 1973

    Dr. Steven J. Kraftchick teaches courses in New Testament interpretation, directs the Master of Theological Studies degree program as well as Advanced and General Studies, and is involved with Candler’s digital learning initiative. He is also the Chair of New Testament Course of Study in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion. Kraftchick came to Candler in 1983, and previously taught at Princeton Theological Seminary, Oberlin College and The School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South.

    Kraftchick’s research and writing focus on Pauline thought and language theory, particularly metaphor theology and its role in theological thinking. His textual work is in the Pauline epistles, the parables of Jesus and the history of New Testament interpretation, particularly the ways in which we seek a meaningful and relevant reading of biblical materials. Kraftchick has authored/edited three books, has contributed to and reviewed dozens more, and has presented papers around the world. As the Presidential Fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, he is currently working on a project that explores the intersection of theology and technology, especially as it relates to conceptions of the "techno-human" found in the philosophies of trans - and posthumanism.

    A participant in major theological conversations through the Society of Biblical Literature, Kraftchick is deeply involved in the life of the academy, participating in committees and initiatives at Candler and Emory, primarily centered on issues of innovation in higher education.

    He is an Emory Distinguished Teaching Scholar, an honor that recognizes a commitment to “creating and maintaining a dynamic classroom environment” as well as pedagogical leadership at Emory, and has received Emory’s Graduate Teaching Award.

    Kraftchick is on leave during the 2015-16 academic year.

    Selected Publications

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    "Plac'd on this Isthmus of a Middle State: Reflections on Psalm 8 and Human Becoming," in Word and World, vol. 35, no. 2.Luther Seminary,2015

    "Bodies, Selves, and Human Identity: A Conversation Between Transhumanism and the Apostle Paul," in Theology Today, vol. 72, no. 1.Sage Publications,2015

    "Resurrection," Oxford Encyclopedia of Bible and Theology.Oxford University Press,2015

    "Reborn to a Living Hope: A Christology of 1 Peter," in Reading 1-2 Peter and Jude: A Resource for Students, SBL Resources in Biblical Studies.Scholars Press,2014

    "Recast, Reclaim, or Reject: Myth and Validity," in Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language, and Imagination, SBL Resources in Biblical Studies.Scholars Press,2014

    "Myth," in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology.Cambridge University Press,2011

    "Self-Presentation and Community Construction in Philippians," in Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay.Brill,2008

    Jude and 2 Peter: Abingdon New Testament Commentaries.Abingdon Press,2002

    Co-editor,Biblical Theology: Problems and Perspectives: In Honor of J. Christiaan Beker.Abingdon Press,1995

    Co-editor,The Messiah.Fortress Press,1992

    Selected Awards

    Presidential Fellow, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University, 2015-2016.

    Senior Scholar, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Emory University

    Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Emory University

    Graduate Teaching Award, Emory University

    J.W. Roberts Greek Award, Abilene Christian University

    Ford Foundation Scholar, University of Florida

    Phi Beta Kappa, University of Florida

    "Mind the Gap" - Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, April 23, 2015

    "Now We See in a Mirror Indirectly: Embodied Selves in a Hyper-Technical Age" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Cannon Chapel, March 19, 2015

    A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story

    Hear Kraftchick preach in Cannon Chapel via iTunes University (2010)

    Selected Courses

    Exegesis of Romans

    History of Biblical Interpretation

    Images of Death in the New Testament

    Imago Dei: From Genesis to Posthumanism

    Mark

    Parables of Jesus

    Preaching about Death: New Testament Themes and Perspectives