John F. Kutsko

Affiliated Faculty
John F. Kutsko
Phone: 404.727.9498
    • PhD, Harvard University, 1997
    • MA, University of Michigan, 1991
    • BA, Gordon College, 1986

    Dr. John F. Kutsko joined Candler as an affiliate faculty member in 2010. While trained in biblical and near eastern studies, his current areas of research and writing focus on religion in a Liberal society and biblical studies in the public square.

    He also serves as a faculty mentor for fellows at The Fund for Theological Education (FTE), where he has led workshops on dissertation writing and publishing for two decades. In 2008, he received an award for his "commitment to the mission of FTE and to the cause of excellence and diversity in ministry and teaching."

    In addition to his role as an educator, he has been the Executive Director of The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) since 2010, At SBL he also directed the formation of the International Qur’anic Studies Association in 2014. Prior to joining SBL and Candler, Kutsko spent two decades in academic publishing, including as an Associate Publisher at the United Methodist Publishing House.

    Kutsko is a contributing editor of The SBL Handbook of Style (Hendrickson, 1999) and directed its second edition (SBL Press, 2014). He is published in The Book of Ezekiel: Theological and Anthropological Perspectives (SBL Press, 2000), The Bible in Political Debate (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2016), and The Bible in American Life (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is the author of Between Heaven and Earth: Divine Presence and Absence in the Book of Ezekiel (Eisenbrauns, 2000) and coeditor of The King James Version at 400 (SBL Press, 2013).

    He is a member of The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, and The Catholic Biblical Association, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, the Journal of General Education, and Biblical Archaeology Review.

    Selected publications

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    Director,The SBL Handbook of Style (2nd edition). SBL Press, 2014

    Co-editor,The King James Version at 400: Assessing Its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence. SBL Press, 2013

    Editorial board,The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible. Abingdon Press, 2009

    Between Heaven and Earth: Divine Presence and Absence in the Book of Ezekiel. Eisenbrauns, 2000

    Co-editor,The SBL Handbook of Style. Hendrickson, 1999

    Contributor,The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Doubleday, 1992

    Chapters and Articles

    "Compromise as a Biblical Value." The Bible in Political Debate: What Does It Really Say?, T&T Clark, September 22, 2016

    "Ezekiel's Anthropology and Its Ethical Implications." The Book of Ezekiel: Theological and Anthropological Perspectives, SBL Press, 2000