Whenever a Cambridge scholar refers me to an American biblical scholar to understand some part of the Gospels or Paul, I listen attentively. Whenever a Cambridge scholar tells me that his favourite biblical scholar is (NOT British, BUT) American, then, I usually buy his/her books!
So who is this American biblical scholar? Professor Craig S. Keener! What struck my Cambridge friend further was that Keener's commentaries and books usually offer significant and previously unknown references to a wealth of Greco-Roman sources. Also significant for my friend was the fact that Keener grew up as a sceptic and got "converted off the street" as Keener himself puts it. Amazing indeed.
Three interesting and NEW bits about Craig that might benefit PhD students:
1) A new article on the Historical Jesus: http://www.craigkeener.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Assumptions-in-Historical-Jesus-Research.pdf
2) A short Youtube in which Craig describes how he finds "life" in the Bible:
3) A Youtube radio interview in which he discusses his new book Miracles. The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts:
For much more, visit Craig's website http://www.craigkeener.com/