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Professor Craig R. Koester, Ph.D.

Professor Craig R. Koester
  • Luther Seminary
  • Union Theological Seminary
What I enjoy most is inviting people into a process of discovery. Asking good questions is central. Questions open paths to explore and enable people with differing views to engage the Christian tradition in meaningful ways.
Dr. Craig R. Koester is the Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. He attended St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, then earned his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York before returning to Luther Seminary to teach. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, a scholar-in-residence at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, and a guest lecturer at universities in Europe and the United States. Professor Koester has written numerous articles and essays as well as the popular work Revelation and the End of All Things. He is also completing a major commentary on Revelation for Yale University Press, and he translated Revelation for the Common English Bible. Among his other writings are a landmark commentary on Hebrews and Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel. Professor Koester is known for interweaving the study of biblical texts with their impact on art, literature, and music. A frequent presenter at conferences in the United States and Europe, he has also appeared in series for popular audiences, such as The Life of Apostle Paul with travel writer Rick Steves.
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"Professor Koester made Revelation understandable. His presentation ranged from explaining the visions through to the people who expect others to be left behind. His revelation was a revelation!"

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8 Courses and Sets

  1. Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

    Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History

    Craig R. Koester
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    What are we to make of the book of Revelation? The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History, by scholar and Professor Craig R. Koester, is your guide to this extraordinary work and its impact on our civilization. These 24 thought-provoking and enlightening lectures are divided into three parts: the historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse; a close reading of the book of Revelation,...
  2. (Set) The Apocalypse & Holy Land Revealed  Set

    (Set) The Apocalypse & Holy Land Revealed

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Gain a fresh perspective on religious scholarship with this two-course set from two award-winning professors. Start with The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History, which offers a close reading of the book of Revelation and explores the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then journey with an archeologist and biblical scholar to an ancient citadel in the City...
  3. (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & History of Christian Theology  Set

    (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & History of Christian Theology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Go back in time and discover new ways to think about Western civilization. Start with The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History, which offers a close reading of the book of Revelation and explores the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then, place your newfound knowledge within the larger context of our early past with The Foundations of Western Civilization,...
  4. (Set)  The Apocalypse & The New Testament Set

    (Set) The Apocalypse & The New Testament

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  5. (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & Why Evil Exists  Set on sale

    (Set) Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $478.00 Starting at $75.90 $151.90 $75.90$151.90
    The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History examines the book of Revelations in three parts: the historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse; a close reading of the book of Revelation, focusing on the meaning of its captivating and haunting images; and the wide-ranging legacy of its content on both Christian and Western history. Then, in Why Evil Exists probe intimately into how human...
  6. (Set)  The History of Christianity & Apocalypse Set

    (Set) The History of Christianity & Apocalypse

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  7. (Set)  The Apocalypse & Lost Christianities Set

    (Set) The Apocalypse & Lost Christianities

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  8. (Set) Gnosticism & Apocalypse Set

    (Set) Gnosticism & Apocalypse

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $524.90 $279.90$524.90
    Get to know Judas Iscariot with this set. In Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas, fill in the gaps in your knowledge about gnosticism and its influences on Christianity. Then, delve deeper into the historical literature with The Gospel of Judas & Apocalypse.