Jim Keener, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Old Testament
On Faculty since 2013

Office: BGC 525
Phone: (630)752-5901


Ph.D., Christian Religion, Baylor University, 2010

M.Div., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 2005

GCBTS, Knox Theological Seminary, 2002

B.A., International Ministries, Moody Bible Institute, 1998

About Jim Keener

“Dost thou wish to understand? Believe .  .  .  Therefore, do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand” - St. Augustine, Homilies on the Gospel of John

“If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established” - Isa 7:9

“He who called you is faithful; he will surely do it” - I Thes 5:24

Teaching and studying the Bible at a place like Wheaton is a rare privilege.  In our age, any attempt to study God’s Word seriously must take pains to steer clear of both the Scylla of ati-intellectualism on the one hand and the Charybdis of irrelevant scholarly abstractions on the other.  In my classes, as in many others at Wheaton, we strike such a balance by bringing an academically rigorous study of the Old Testament to bear upon our own day to day lives as part of the community of faith.  My classes proceed from the conviction that God has revealed himself in Jesus Christ and the Bible so that the Old Testament bears witness to the Triune God. 

Prior to coming to Wheaton, I had the privilege of serving in diverse roles in several different parts of the world.  I taught seminary in Bolivia, served as a Pastor of English Ministry in Pittsburgh, PA, and taught Social Studies classes to bilingual high school students in Rockford, IL, to name just a few of my “past lives.”  I love to travel, love to learn languages, and love to spend time with my wonderful wife and children.  Most of all, I love to study God’s Word and teach the Old Testament to intelligent, eager young students. 

Courses Taught

  • Bi/Th 211 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
  • Bi/Th 344 Psalms
  • Bi/Th 339 Wisdom Literature
  • Hebr 301-302 Elementary Hebrew I-II

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)


  • The Book of Psalms
  • Reading the Old Testament as bearing witness to Christ
  • The use of the Old Testament in the books of the New Testament
  • Evangelical approaches to canonical exegesis
  • Biblical interpretation in the Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Military history of ancient Israel
  • The application of biblical studies to contemporary ethics



What is the Human? A Canonical Exegesis of the Eighth Psalm. Journal for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture Supplement Series. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013. Forthcoming.


“YHWH’s Subversive Order: Reconsidering the Structure and Thematic Development of Psalm 8.” Perspectives in Religious Studies. Forthcoming.

 “Greater than the Sum of the Parts: Organization and Structure in 4QpPsa (Psalm Pesher 1/4Q171).” Hebrew Studies 53 (2012).

“Awana.” In The Baker Handbook of Denominations and Ministries. eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark E. Roberts. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Press, 2012. Forthcoming.

Review of Grammatical Concepts 101 for Biblical Hebrew, Second Edition by Gary A. Long. Review of Biblical Literature (2014; forthcoming).

Review of The Function of the Tautological Infinitive in Classical Biblical Hebrew by Yoo-Ki Kim. Review of Biblical Literature (2013).

Review of Old Testament Theology: A Thematic Approach by Robin Routledge. Review of Biblical Literature (2012).

Review of English Grammar to Ace Biblical Hebrew by Miles Van Pelt. Review of Biblical Literature (2012).

Review of Where is God? Divine Absence in the Hebrew Bible by Joel S. Burnett. JETS 54 (2011): 376-378.

Review of Word Order in the Biblical Hebrew Finite Clause by Adina Moshavi. Review of Biblical Literature (2011).


“YHWH's Program for the Care of Humanity and Creation: A Fresh Approach to the Thematic Development of Psalm 8.” To be presented at The Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI, November 2012.—cancelled due to illness.

“Under the Feet of the Exalted Christ: The Citation of Psalm 8:7 in 1 Corinthians 15:27 and Ephesians 1:22.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 2011.

 “The Rulers of the Heavens and the Rulers of the Earth: Psalm 8 and the First Creation Account.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta Georgia, November 2010.

 “Maintaining Order through Subversion: A Fresh Approach to the Structure and Thematic Development of Psalm 8.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta Georgia, November 2010.

“The Exaltation of Humanity in the Exaltation of Christ: The Allusion to Psalm 8:7 in Eph 1:22.” The Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2010.

“When I Consider the Work of Your Fingers! Psalm 8 as a Meditation upon Genesis 1.” The Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2010.

De Doctrina Christiana and the Crisis of Biblical Theology: Augustine’s Hermeneutic and Brevard Childs’ Canonical Exegesis.” The Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, New Orleans Louisiana, November 2009.

“Reading Through the Eyes of Faith: Towards a Workable Canonical Approach to Interpreting the Scriptures.” Fourth Annual Christian Scholars Forum, Waco Texas, April 2009.

“The Sum of the Parts: The Structural Organization of the Qumran Pesher on Psalm 37.” Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, Annual Meeting, Dallas Texas, March 2009.

 “The Rule of Faith and the Canon of Scripture: Augustine’s Hermeneutic as a Theoretical Framework for Canonical Exegesis.” Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Religion Conference: How to Tie Knots that Hold, Durham UK, January 2009.

“All Things Under Their Feet: Psalm 8:6-7 and the Art of the Ancient Near East.” Graduate Student Forum of Baylor University, Waco Texas, November 2008.

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