portrait of Kenneth Berding

Kenneth Berding

Professor of Biblical Theological Studies

  • Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • M.A., Trinity Theological Seminary
  • Th.B., Multnomah University

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Dr. Berding is author of Polycarp and Paul, What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View, Sing and Learn New Testament Greek, and Walking in the Spirit, and co-editor of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About and Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. He has published articles in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vigiliae Christianae, Evangelical Quarterly, New Testament Studies, Tyndale Bulletin, and Journal of Early Christian Studies. Before coming to Talbot, Dr. Berding was a church planter in the Middle East and taught at Nyack College just north of New York City. He has a heart for God and ministry, and has written many worship songs and served as a worship pastor in local church ministry.  He presently serves as an overseer at Whittier Hills Baptist Church.


  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature

Awards and Honors

  • Who’s Who in America, 2010
  • Dedicatee of Biola University’s Student Yearbook (along with wife Trudi), 2008
  • Tenured, Biola University, 2008
  • Faculty Excellence Award/Biola University, 2008
  • Provost Award for Excellence in Mentoring Students 2008
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges, 1986
  • Award in New Testament, Talbot School of Theology/ Biola University, 1996
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 8th ed. (2004) and 9th ed. (2005)
  • New Testament Greek Award, Multnomah, 1986
  • Valedictorian and Baccalaureate Speaker, Multnomah, 1986



  • "Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book," (Weaver Book Company, 2014).

  • “Walking in the Spirit” (Wheaton: Crossway, 2011).

  • “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008). Co-editor with Jonathan Lunde. Contributing authors: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns.

  • “What The New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings” (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008). Co-editor with Matt Williams. Fifteen different contributing authors from twelve Christian colleges and universities across North America.

  • “Sing and Learn New Testament Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn Greek Grammar” (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008).

  • “What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View” (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006).

  • “Polycarp and Paul: An Analysis of Their Literary & Theological Relationship in light of Polycarp's Use of Biblical and Extra-Biblical Literature.” Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae 62 (Leiden: Brill, 2002).


  • "Who Searches Hearts and What Does He Know in Romans 8:27?" Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 5 (2013).

  • " At the Intersection of Mission and Spiritual Formation in the Letters of Paul," Journal of Spiritual Formation ad Soul Care (2013): 18-37.

  • "Persuasive Puns: Philemon 10-11, 20" in Devotions on the Greek New Testament, ed. J.Scott Duvall and Verlyn D. Verbrugge (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012), 119-121.

  • "Polycarp of Smyrna" in the Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. Roger Bangnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine Huebner (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 5396-5397.

  • “Spiritual Gifts,” in The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook, ed. J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011), 794.

  • “Polycarp’s Use of 1 Clement: An Assumption Reconsidered,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 19 (Spring 2011): 127-139.

  • “God’s Word or Paul’s Personal Opinion?” Biola Magazine, Summer 2008.

  • “John or Paul? Who was Polycarp's Mentor?” Tyndale Bulletin 58 (2008): 135-143.

  • “An Analysis of Three Views on the New Testament's Use of the Old Testament”. In Three Views on the New Testament's Use of the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008), 234-244.

  • “Philippians”, in What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 176-181.

  • “Introducing Paul”, in What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 128-139.

  • “How Did the New Testament Canon Come Together?” Sundoulos (Spring 2007): 2-7.

  • “Romans 12.4-8: One Sentence or Two?” New Testament Studies 52 (2006): 433-439.

  • “The Hermeneutical Framework of Social-Scientific Criticism: How much can Evangelicals get involved?” The Evangelical Quarterly 75 (2003): 3-22.

  • “Confusing Word and Concept” in "Spiritual Gifts: Have We Forgotten James Barr's Exhortations?" Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43 (2000): 37-51.

  • “Polycarp of Smyrna's View of the Authorship of 1 and 2 Timothy.” Vigiliae Christianae 53 (1999): 349-360.

Research Interests

  • Life and literature of the Apostle Paul
  • The Apostolic Fathers
  • The Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts
  • Greek language
  • Biblical literacy and interpretation
  • Using music to teach college material
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