Scot McKnight

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Scot McKnight
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McKnight speaking at ACU's Summit in 2013
Born November 9, 1953
Nationality American
Occupation New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, speaker, author and blogger
Spouse(s) Kristen
Academic background
Alma mater
Thesis  (1986)
Academic work
Institutions North Park University
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

Scot McKnight (born November 9, 1953) is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL.[1][2] McKnight is an ordained Anglican with anabaptist leanings, and has also written frequently on issues in modern anabaptism.[3][4]

Childhood and education

McKnight was born in Illinois and raised in Freeport, Illinois. He earned his B.A. degree from Grand Rapids Baptist College (now known as Cornerstone University), an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 1986, where he studied under James Dunn, famous for his work on the New Perspective on Paul.[citation needed]


McKnight was the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University from 1994 to 2012. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

McKnight is a prolific author, with more than fifty books to his credit. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living and has spawned a number of popular small group studies and a DVD series.[5]

McKnight's blog, Jesus Creed, which was formerly hosted by Beliefnet and is now hosted by Patheos, is currently one of the most popular Evangelical blogs online.[6]

McKnight is a popular author and speaker on issues related to the emerging church, with his blog being named the most popular blog online related to the movement.[7][8][9] He has generally been a proponent of the movement and supported many of the movement's aims. However, in recent years he has expressed some concern about the direction of the movement, particularly regarding the "emergent" stream within the emerging church and some of the work by his friend Brian McLaren.[10] He and Dan Kimball more or less officially broke with the emerging movement and have since formed ReGeneration, an event that focuses on ministry to and with young adults.

McKnight has lectured in numerous countries, including Canada, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, England, and Ireland.

He has also been identified with the New Perspective on Paul.[11][12][13]

McKnight has recently (April 2014) announced on his blog becoming part of the Anglican Communion and April 26, 2014 was ordained into Anglican Holy Orders as a Deacon at Church of the Redeemer in Highland Park, Illinois.

Personal life

He and his wife, Kristen, who is a psychologist, live in Libertyville, Illinois and have two children.[14] He and his daughter, Laura Barringer, authored the children's version of The Jesus Creed in 2014. The work is titled Sharing God's Love - The Jesus Creed for Children.




  • ——— (2008). "Jesus as mamzer ("illegitimate son")". In ———; Modica, Joseph B. Who do my Opponents Say I Am?: an investigation of the accusations against Jesus. Library of New Testament Studies. 327. London: T & T Clark. pp. 133–63. ISBN 978-0-567-03126-6. OCLC 170035734. 


  • ——— (1990). "James 2:18a: The Unidentifiable Interlocutor". Westminster Theological Journal. 52 (2): 355–364. 
  • ——— (1992). "The Warning Passages of Hebrews: A Formal Analysis and Theological Conclusions". Trinity Journal. 13 (1): 21–59. 


  1. ^ "Scot McKnight". Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Northern Seminary | Scot McKnight Joins Northern Seminary". April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Anabaptists: What, who, what?". :. February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Scot McKnight (March 25, 2007). "The Original Third Way: Anabaptism - Jesus Creed". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Jesus Creed: Loving God and Loving Others". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Blogging at Patheos". August 24, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
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  9. ^ "Five Emerging Streams". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Brian McLaren's 'A New Kind of Christianity'". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Jesus Creed - Scot McKnight on Jesus and orthodox faith for today". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  12. ^ "N.T. Wright, Scot McKnight and the Gospel: Compared and Contrasted". October 22, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Jesus Creed - Scot McKnight on Jesus and orthodox faith for today". Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Scot McKnight: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved May 23, 2012. 

External links

  • Jesus Creed—Scot McKnight's personal blog
  • Indepth Interview with Scot McKnight -- "Beyond Evangelical"
  • Scot McKnight biography from Theopedia
  • North Park University
  • A Review of McKnight's FASTING
  • Review of McKnight's The Blue Parakeet
  • Off The Map Episode 4 Scot McKnight Talk from Missional Matrix in 2007
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