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.
“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