Steven Kraftchick

Steven J. Kraftchick

Professor Emeritus in the Practice of New Testament Interpretation


PhD, Emory University, 1985
MDiv, Abilene Christian University, 1978
BS, University of Florida, 1973


Dr. Steven J. Kraftchick taught courses in New Testament interpretation, directed the Advanced and General Studies programs, and was involved with Candler’s digital learning initiative until his retirement in 2020. He was also a faculty member in the 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. 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 and the Society for New Testament Studies, Kraftchick was 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 was 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 and Candler’s Master Teacher Award.


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


“Complements to the Notion of Human Resilience: Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians as a Test Case,” in Biblical and Theological Visions of Resilience, Routledge, 2019

“From Lamech to Bezalel: Biblical Reflections on the Polyvalence of Technology,” in Christian Perspectives on Transhumanism and the Church, Palgrave, 2018

“Who is a Monster, When?” in Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, Pegasus Books, 2018

“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, April 01, 2015

“Resurrection,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology, Oxford University Press, 2015

“Bodies, Selves, and Human Identity: A Conversation Between Transhumanism and the Apostle Paul,” in Theology Today, vol. 72, no. 1, Sage, February 27, 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, January 01, 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, January 01, 2014

“Myth,” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Cambridge University Press, 2014

“Self-Presentation and Community Construction in Philippians,” in Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay, Brill, December 31, 2008

Admitted to the Society for New Testament Studies, 2018

Master Teacher Award, Candler School of Theology, 2018

Exemplary Teacher of the Year Award, UMC General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2018

Harry and Ada Lamon Distinguished Lecturer, Embry-Riddle University

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

Exegesis of Romans

History of Biblical Interpretation

Images of Death in the New Testament

Imago Dei: From Genesis to Posthumanism

Interpretation of the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament

Introduction to the New Testament Part II


New Testament Theology

Parables of Jesus

Preaching about Death: New Testament Themes and Perspectives


Scripture, Theology and Practice Seminar