portrait of Kenneth Berding

Kenneth Berding

Professor of New Testament

  • 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 various books, some academic (such as Polycarp and Paul), some semi-academic (such as What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View), others for-the-classroom (such as Sing and Learn New Testament Greek), and still others for-the-church (such as Walking in the Spirit or Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book). He has published articles in such journals as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vigiliae Christianae, New Testament Studies, 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, has written many worship songs, and has served as a worship pastor in local church ministry. Along with being a professor, he presently serves as an overseer at Redemption Hill Church.


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



  • "Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book," (Weaver, 2013).
  • "Workbook in Romans: Arranged According to the History of Redemption," (Weaver, 2013).
  • “Walking in the Spirit” (Crossway, 2011).
  • “Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament” (Zondervan, 2008). Co-editor with Jonathan Lunde. Contributing authors: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Darrell L. Bock, and Peter Enns.
  • “Sing and Learn New Testament Greek: The Easiest Way to Learn Greek Grammar” (Zondervan, 2008).
  • “What Are Spiritual Gifts? Rethinking the Conventional View” (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 (Brill, 2002).


  • “‘Gifts’ and Ministries in the Apostolic Fathers.”Westminster Theological Journal (forthcoming).
  • “The Crisis of Biblical Illiteracy: And What We Can Do About It,” Biola Magazine (Spring 2014): 16-23.
  • "Who Searches Hearts and What Does He Know in Romans 8:27?" Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 5 (2013): 94-108.
  • "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 in teaching
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