In this conversation with Craig Dumont, Dr. Craig Keener discusses his understanding of Revelation and why he has found himself moving away from dispensational premillennialism. This is an interesting conversation on eschatology between two long-time Pentecostals who have been on a journey to a more historical understanding of what the Scriptures are saying about the topic. Craig Dumont is in the postmillennial arena, while Dr. Craig Keener leans towards millennialism.
The discussion concerning eschatology is an important one and whether you agree or disagree with the “two Craig’s,” it will challenge you to read the Book of Revelation again, perhaps with new eyes.
About Craig Keener
Dr. Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of the New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is especially known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background (commentaries on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings). His award-winning, popular-level IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (now in its second edition , and available in a number of languages) has sold over half a million copies.
Before joining the faculty of Asbury in July, 2011, Dr. Keener was professor of New Testament at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, just outside Philadelphia, where he taught happily for 15 years; before that time he was professor at Hood Theological Seminary.
Craig has authored 25 books, five of which have won awards in Christianity Today, and more than a million of which are in circulation. His recent books include Galatians (Cambridge, 2018); Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Baker Academic, 2016); Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost (Eerdmans, 2016); Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (Baker Academic, 2011); The Historical Jesus of the Gospels (Eerdmans, 2009); The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009); Romans (Cascade, 2009); 1-2 Corinthians (Cambridge, 2005); The Gospel of John: A Commentary (Hendrickson/Baker Academic, 2003).
His award-winning, multivolume commentary on Acts (Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, 4 vols., Baker Academic, 2012-2015) includes some 45,000 references from ancient extrabiblical sources. He is New Testament editor, and author of most New Testament notes, for The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2016), which won Bible of the Year in the Christian Book Awards and first place in the Religion: Christianity category of the International Book Awards.
He has written for various journals, both academic (e.g., Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism; Bulletin for Biblical Research; Perspectives in Religious Studies; A.M.E. Church Review) and popular (e.g., Christianity Today; Charisma; Christian History; Good News; A.M.E. Zion Missionary Seer). He has published roughly 100 academic articles and more than 150 popular ones. He wrote “2 Corinthians” in The New Interpreter’s Bible One Volume Commentary, and has published other popular materials with Abingdon, InterVarsity, and Zondervan. He was program chair for the Institute for Biblical Research (2010-12) and currently edits Bulletin for Biblical Research.