Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey
(24 November 1930 - 23 May 2016)
Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey profoundly impacted upon my own understanding of the Gospel, and specifically
the grace of God that is manifest within the Gospel. It is for this reason that I include this information
about Dr. Bailey on this website - both to inform the website user of the credentials of the primary Bible
teacher behind my own teachings, and as my own way to pay tribute to Dr. Bailey and to make his
teachings more widely known.
After undergraduate and seminary studies, Dr. Bailey completed degrees in Arabic Language and
Literature, Systematic Theology and a doctorate in New Testament. Ordained by the Presbyterian Church
(USA), Dr. Bailey spent 40 years (1955-1995) living and teaching in seminaries and institutes in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem and Cyprus.
For 20 of those years Dr. Bailey was Professor of New Testament and Head of the Biblical Department of the Near East School of
Theology in Beirut, where he also founded and directed the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies. From
September 1985 to June 1995, Dr. Bailey was on the faculty of “The Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research” in Jerusalem,
with the title of Research Professor of Middle Eastern New Testament Studies.
In 1990 Dr. Bailey accepted the additional responsibility of Canon Theologian for the Episcopal Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, residing in Nicosia, Cyprus and returned a third of each year to Jerusalem to continue teaching at the Ecumenical Institute.
Dr. Bailey’s area of speciality is the cultural background and literary forms of the New Testament. In addition to more than 150 articles in English and in Arabic, his writings include:
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes (Downer’s Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2008)
The Cross and the Prodigal [Revised edition] (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2005)
Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story (Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2003 )
Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15 (St. Louis: Concordia, 1992)
Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, l980)
Dr. Bailey has authored the scripts for two professionally produced feature length films and has professionally recorded more than 100 video lectures on a variety of New Testament themes. He has taught at Columbia and Princeton and was for a time an adjunct professor at Dubuque, McCormick and Pittsburgh theological seminaries as well as at Fuller Seminary. Dr. Bailey has lectured in theological colleges and seminaries in England (Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol) Ireland, Canada, Egypt, Finland, Latvia, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and Jerusalem. He was active as a Bible teacher for conferences and continuing education events in the Middle East, Europe and North America. His writings have been translated and published into more than 20 languages.
He was a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and is listed in Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archeology (Washington: Biblical Archeology Society, 1992).
In March 1995, at the request of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Bailey was the Bible teacher for the triennial meeting of the Archbishops of the Anglican Communion.
In June 1997, he was installed as Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, USA.
In 1999 he received the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary “Distinguished Alumni Award for Excellence in Academics.”
In 2003, at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, he participated in a Muslim-Christian dialogue conference held in Doha, Qatar.
Dr. Kenneth Bailey died on 23 May 2016.
Curriculum Vitae for Kenneth E. Bailey, Th.D.
1997 Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, PA USA.
1995 Author and Lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament Studies (with residence in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.)
1985-95 Research Professor of Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, The Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research, Tantur, Jerusalem
1990-95 Canon Theologian in Residence with the Episcopal Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, Nicosia, Cyprus
1992 Visiting Professor of New Testament Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.
1988-91 Professor of New Testament at the Theological College of the Greek Catholic Church Beit Sahour, West Bank, Israel
1987/92 Listed in Who’s Who in Biblical Studies and Archeology (Washington Biblical Archeological Society, 1987, 1992)
1986 Invited into membership of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas
1984-90 Adjunct Professor of New Testament, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.
1985 Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Professor of New Testament, The Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon
1974-84 Founder and Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, Beirut, Lebanon
1975-76 Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
1967-74 Associate Professor of New Testament, The Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon
1972 Awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology (New Testament), Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri.
1962-65 Instructor in New Testament, Cairo Evangelical Seminary, Cairo, Egypt
1961 M. Th. (Systematic Theology), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1955-57 Full time Arabic study at the School of Oriental Studies, The American University, Cairo.
1952-55 Master of Divinity, Pittsburgh Seminary, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1948-52 Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois.