Andreas Köstenberger’s Life & Ministry

Birth Date: November 2, 1957

Birth Place: Vienna, Austria

Citizenship: United States of America

Spouse: Marny Elizabeth Köstenberger (née Gerrard)

Married: December 2, 1989 in Toronto, Canada

Children: Lauren, Tahlia, David, Timothy

Grandchildren: Elianne

Education: Mag. et Dr. rer. soc. oec. (Masters and Doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences; 1980, 1982), M.Div. (Master of Divinity; 1988), Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy; 1993)

Institutions: Vienna University of Economics & Business, Columbia International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dissertation Mentors: Michael Hofmann (Non-profit Management, Jugend und Theater; “Youth and Theater”), D. A. Carson (New Testament, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel)

Teaching Expertise: New Testament, Koine (first-century AD) Greek, Biblical Theology, Hermeneutics, Marriage and Family, Christian Missions

Research Interests: Johannine Literature, Paul’s Letters to Timothy and Titus, Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Notable Works: God, Marriage & Family (3rd edition in preparation, coauthored with Marny Kostenberger), The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown (coauthored with Scott Kellum and Charles Quarles), Going Deeper with New Testament Greek (coauthored with Benjamin Merkle and Robert Plummer), A Theology of John’s Gospel & Letters, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth (with T. D. Alexander), Invitation to Biblical Interpretation (with Richard Patterson), Biblical Theology (coauthored with Gregory Goswell)

Ministry: Biblical Foundations

Andreas Johannes Köstenberger is an evangelical scholar, author, and cofounder of Biblical Foundations™, an organization devoted to encouraging a return to the biblical foundations in the home, the church, and society.

Background and Education

Köstenberger was born on November 2, 1957, in Vienna, Austria, as the son of Hannes and Maria Köstenberger.1 He received Masters (1980) and Doctoral degrees (1982) in Social and Economic Sciences with a concentration in Marketing and Non-profit Management from the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (the Vienna University of Economics & Business). At the age of twenty-seven, he emigrated to the United States to complete a Master of Divinity degree in Cross-Cultural Ministry with concentrations in New Testament and Counseling (1988) at Columbia International University (then Columbia Bible College and Graduate School of Missions). After his marriage to Marny Elizabeth Gerrard, he moved to Chicago, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in New Testament (1993) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under the tutelage of the world-renowned scholar and cofounder of The Gospel Coalition, D. A. Carson. Dr. Kostenberger wrote his dissertation on the mission theme in John’s Gospel; a revised version was published in 1998 with the title, The Missions of Jesus and the Disciples according to the Fourth Gospel. In 2011, Köstenberger coedited a Festschrift in Dr. Carson’s honor entitled, Understanding the Times: New Testament Studies in the 21st Century.

Career

Following the completion of his theological doctorate, Köstenberger served as Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Briercrest College and Seminary (1993–95). Subsequently, he took on a one-year appointment at his alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1995–96). In 1996, he joined the faculty of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he taught for twenty-two years until 2018. He also served as Director of Ph.D. Studies for twelve years (2000–2012) and rose to the ranks of Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology by the time he left the institution in 2018. During his time at Southeastern, he was elected by the Governing Body to a 5-year term as Visiting Fellow at St. Edmund’s College in Cambridge, England (2007–12).2 In 2018, Dr. Köstenberger joined the faculty of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO as Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and founding Director of The Center of Biblical Studies.3 In 2021, Köstenberger and his wife returned to North Carolina to engage in various ministry ventures. Köstenberger serves as Theologian in Residence and Director of the Equipping Center at Fellowship Raleigh, a church in downtown Raleigh, NC.4 He continues to oversee the work of Biblical Foundations™ and keeps an active schedule of teaching, writing, and mentoring. Dr. Köstenberger and his wife Marny also frequently speak on marriage and the family. They have written several books together, including Equipping for Life, Parenting Essentials, and God’s Design for Man and Woman.

In the course of his long and distinguished career, Köstenberger has authored or coauthored, edited or coedited, and translated over sixty books.5 Many of his works have also been translated into languages such as Chinese, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.6 His works have been subject to numerous reviews7 by noted personalities such as Albert Mohler and George H. Guthrie.8 In 1997 and 1999, Köstenberger translated the two-volume New Testament theology by Swiss-German scholar Adolf Schlatter (vol. 1: The History of the Christ; vol. 2: The Theology of the Apostles), bringing this work to the English-speaking world for the very first time, along with Schlatter’s final work, a daily devotional entitled, Do We Know Jesus? (co-translator Robert Yarbrough).

In 1998, Köstenberger was selected by the executive committee of the Evangelical Theological Society as the Editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, a position he held for twenty-two years (1999–2020). He also was the Editor of CBMW News (later Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood; now eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology; 1996–97).9 He served as Director of Acquisitions for B&H Academic (a subsidiary of LifeWay) from 2010–2014.10 Köstenberger is also the Editor or Coeditor of major academic series including Biblical Theology of the New Testament (BTNT), Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC), Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (ECC),11 and Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT).

In 2006, Köstenberger and his wife Marny established a new ministry called Biblical Foundations.™ According to their website, “Biblical Foundations exists to help restore the biblical foundations for the family, the church, and society.”

Also in 2006, Köstenberger participated in a roundtable discussion on Dan Brown’s popular book, The Da Vinci Code, in Wake Forest, NC.12 Other panelists included Richard B. Hays, Norman Geisler, and Bart D. Ehrman. The roundtable took place in front of an audience of more than 1,000 people and addressed historical issues in the popular fiction book along with discussions on biblical inerrancy, the historical reliability of Scripture, and the role of women in the church.13 Subsequently, together with Darrell L. Bock and Josh Chatraw, Köstenberger wrote two books interacting with Ehrman, Truth Matters and Truth in a Culture of Doubt. Another of Köstenberger’s books, The Heresy of Orthodoxy (coauthored with Michael Kruger), critiques Ehrman’s views as well.

In 2010, Köstenberger lectured in European countries at institutions such as Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and the Freie Theologische Hochschule Gießen. He also presented a paper on “John’s Transposition of the Synoptic Pattern: Retelling the Story of Jesus in Another Key” at the Tyndale Fellowship at Tyndale House, Cambridge, which was subsequently published in a volume entitled, Earliest Christian History: History, Literature, and Theology: Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel. Köstenberger has also produced several online courses for organizations such as The Gospel Coalition14 and the Charles Simeon Trust, appearing alongside biblical scholars such as J. I. Packer, Albert Mohler, and Michael Kruger.15

Köstenberger has appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts, including the B.A.R. Podcast, the Biblical Foundations Podcast, the For the Church Podcast with Jared Wilson, In the Market with Janet Parshall, The Mere Christians Podcast with Jordan Raynor, The Mind Renewed Podcast with Julian Charles, and The White Horse Inn.

Köstenberger has mentored dozens of students over the years, many of whom are scholars and pastors around the world and serve in multiple denominations. Notable former students include Samuel Ferguson (Rector at Falls Church Anglican, Washington, DC), Scott Kellum (Professor of New Testament, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary), Joshua Chatraw (Beeson Divinity School Billy Graham Chair for Evangelism and Cultural Engagement at Samford University), David Croteau (Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry at Columbia International University), R. Alan Fuhr (Professor of Old Testament, Liberty University), Alexander Stewart (Vice President of Academic Services and Professor of New Testament at Gateway Seminary),16 Keith Campbell (Vice President, Global Scholars),17 Scott Swain (President of Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando), Cory Marsh (Professor of New Testament, Director of SCS Press), and others.

He has worked as a consultant and contributor of study notes on the Gospel of John or John’s letters for several English Bible translations including the English Standard Version (ESV), the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB, now CSB), Today’s English Version (TEV), and the New English Translation (NET).

Köstenberger holds memberships in the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) and the Institute of Biblical Research (IBR). He has delivered plenary addresses at the annual meeting of the ETS and at regional ETS meetings.

Awards and Honors

“Presidential Appreciation Award for outstanding contribution in academic achievement,” Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002).

Invitation to Biblical Interpretation was chosen as one of five finalists in the Commentary/Reference Works category for the “Gold Medallion” award by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) (2013).18

Dr. Köstenberger and his wife Marny were presented with the “Wayne Grudem Award for Complementarian Scholarship” by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (2014).19

Truth Matters won the “Christian Retailing’s Best Award” in the Category of Evangelism (2015).20

The Holy Spirit received an honorable mention (Category: Academic Theology) in The Gospel Coalition’s 2020 Book Awards.

The Holy Spirit also received an honorable mention (Category: Theological Studies) in the Southwestern Journal of Theology 2020 Book Awards.21

The Holy Spirit also received an “Award of Merit” (Category: Theology/Ethics) in Christianity Today’s 2021 Book Awards.

Dr. Köstenberger’s book, Biblical Theology (coauthored with Gregory Goswell), received a Book Award of Distinction in the category Academic Theology in The Gospel Coalition 2023 Book Awards.

Personal Life

Andreas Johannes Köstenberger was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, where he also completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Economic and Social Sciences. At age 27, he emigrated to the United States to go to seminary. While at Columbia International University, Köstenberger met his wife, Marny. They married on December 2, 1989, in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Marny holds a B.Sc. in Nursing from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University, and a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA; doctoral mentor: Adrio König). Her dissertation was published under the title Jesus and the Feminists. Dr. Marny Köstenberger is the cofounder of Biblical Foundations™ and served in various church ministry leadership and seminary teaching roles over the years. She is also the author of Sanctification as Set Apart and Growing in Christ in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series (2023) and engages in a variety of speaking, teaching, writing, and ministry roles.

Köstenberger’s sister, Dorice Köstenberger, is a first violinist in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 1986.22 She is the first female violinist in the history of the orchestra.

Andreas and Marny have four children, Lauren Todd, Tahlia Norton, David Köstenberger, and Timothy Köstenberger, and one granddaughter, Elianne. Marny and Andreas live in Wake Forest, NC.

Publications

For a complete list of Dr. Köstenberger’s publications, see the link here.

  1. For a sketch of Dr. Köstenberger’s life and ministry, including a brief account of his conversion to Christ, see Andreas J. Köstenberger, Excellence: The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011), 18–24 (available as a sample here). ↩︎
  2. Reporter 16/07/08.
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  3. “A Historic Day for Midwestern Seminary: Andreas Köstenberger Joins the Faculty” (April 10, 2018); “Midwestern Seminary trustees add Kostenberger, launch Spurgeon College” (Midwestern Seminary, April 10, 2018). Center for Biblical Studies launched at Midwestern Seminary – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (mbts.edu). New Center for Biblical Studies opens at Midwestern Seminary – Metro Voice News. Podcast Archive – The Center for Biblical Studies (mbts.edu).
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  4. https://fellowshipraleigh.org/ministries/equippingcenter.
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  5. See the complete list of publications on his website.
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  6. https://biblicalfoundations.org/andreas-kostenbergers-publications.
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  7. A Theology of John’s Gospel and Letters – Reformation 21. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86366895564?pwd=cFIyUG9wR2h4Sjl4LzlldDFJcUx6UT09. Rezension: Frauen in der Kirche (evangeliums.net).
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  8. A Christian Vision of Marriage and Family – AlbertMohler.com. Andreas Köstenberger and Raymond Bouchoc’s “The Book Study Concordance of the Greek New Testament” by George Guthrie | Book Reviews | Edward P. Hammons Center for Scientific Studies | Union University, a Christian College in Tennessee (uu.edu).
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  9. Home – CBMW.
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  10. B&H Academic director of acquisitions named (christianretailing.com).
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  11. The Next Chapter in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series (lexhampress.com).
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  12. ‘Da Vinci Code’ panel anchors 20/20 Collegiate Conference | Baptist Press.
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  13. ‘Da Vinci Code’ panel anchors 20/20 Collegiate Conference | Baptist Press.
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  14. Köstenberger, Andreas; Kruger, Michael. “TGC Course: Early Christianity and the New Testament Canon.” The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. “TGC Course: Invitation to Biblical Interpretation.”  The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. “TGC Course:The First Days of Jesus.” The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas. “TGC Course: The Final Days of Jesus.”  The Gospel Coalition. Köstenberger, Andreas; Köstenberger, Margaret. “TGC Course: Parenting: Equipping for Life.”  The Gospel Coalition.
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  15. Systematic Theology & Preaching – Charles Simeon Trust.
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  16. TRUSTEES: Gateway elects new VP of academic services | Baptist Press.
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  17. Review Scholars | ESV.org.
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  18. ECPA Announces 2013 Christian Book Award Finalists; Winners to Be Announced Mon., Apr. 29 – ECPA.
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  19. CBMW Gives Awards for Scholarship and Leadership – CBMW.
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  20. B&H Wins 20 Christian Retailing’s Best Awards – B&H Publishing (bhpublishinggroup.com). B&H Publishing Tops the 2015 Christian Retailing’s Best Awards Finalists for the Second Year in a Row – B&H Publishing (bhpublishinggroup.com).
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  21. First SWJT Book of the Year Awards announced | Southwestern (swbts.edu).
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  22. Orchestra | Wiener Symphoniker.
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