Bailey, Kenneth E. 1930-

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Bailey, Kenneth E. 1930-


Born November 24, 1930, in Bloomington, IL; son of Ewing (an educator) and Annette Bailey; married June 12, 1952; wife's name Ethel J. (a biologist); children: Sara Jan, David Mark. Ethnicity: "Scottish-English." Education: Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, B.A., 1952; Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1955, M.Th., 1961; attended American University of Cairo, 1955-57; Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, D.Th., 1972. Religion: Presbyterian/Episcopalian.


Home and office—New Wilmington, PA.


Ordained Presbyterian minister; Cairo Evangelical Seminary, Cairo, Egypt, instructor in New Testament, 1962-65; Near East School of Theology, Beirut, Lebanon, instructor, 1967-70, associate professor, 1970-74, professor of New Testament, 1974-84, founder and director of Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, 1974-84; Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research, Jerusalem, Israel, research professor of Middle Eastern New Testament studies, 1985-95; writer and lecturer, 1995—. Adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, 1975-76, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1985, and McCormick Theological Seminary, 1984-90; Theological College of the Greek Catholic Church, Beit-Sahour, West Bank, Israel, professor, 1988-91; Dubuque Theological Seminary, visiting professor, 1992; also taught at Columbia University and Princeton University; guest lecturer at other institutions throughout the world. Canon theologian of Episcopal Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, 1990—, and Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church, 1997—; Focus on Middle Eastern New Testament Studies, founder and director, 2005—.


Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.


D.H.L., Monmouth College, 1988, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, 2002, and Waynsburgh College, 2005; Bell-McKay Prize, outstanding mission service, Presbyterians for Renewal, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, 2002; D.D., Nashotah Theological Seminary, 2006.


The Father and the Son Who Is Not a Son (one-act-play), Westminster Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1959.

The Doctrine of God, privately printed, 1961.

The X, Y, Z Affair (one-act play), Geneva Press (Philadelphia PA), 1963.

The Revenge of the Scorpion (one-act play), Westminster Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1964.

The First Supper (one-act play), Westminster Press (Philadelphia, PA), 1966.

The Cross and the Prodigal: The 15th Chapter of Luke, Seen through the Eyes of Middle Eastern Peasants, Concordia Publishing House (St. Louis, MO), 1973, 2nd edition, InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 2005.

God Is …: Dialogues on the Nature of God for Young People, Mandate Press (South Pasadena, CA), 1976, revised edition published as God Is …: Dialogues on the Nature of God, Guardian Books (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2005.

Poet and Peasant: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1976.

When the Wind Is Right (one-act play), Contemporary Drama Service (Downers Grove, IL), 1976.

Through Peasant Eyes: More Lucan Parables, Their Culture and Style, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1980.

Poet and Peasant; and, Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke (contains Poet and Peasant: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke and Through Peasant Eyes: More Lucan Parables, Their Culture and Style), two volumes, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1983.

The Aramaic Background to the Lord's Prayer (video lectures), MECO Video (Larnaca, Cyprus), 1991.

Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15, Concordia Publishing House (St. Louis, MO), 1992.

I Corinthians (video lectures), MECO Video (Larnaca, Cyprus), 1992.

The Reliability of Scripture in Light of the Jesus Seminar (video lectures), Essential Media Services (Arroyo Grande, CA), 1996.

A Clear View of the Cross (video lectures), Harvest Communications (Wichita, KS), 1996.

Knowing God, Becoming God's People (video lectures), Essential Media Services (Arroyo Grande, CA), 1997.

The Parables and Rhetoric of I Corinthians (recorded lectures), Harvest Communications (Wichita, KS), 1998.

The Historical Jesus: A Middle Eastern View (video lectures), Crossways International (Minneapolis, MN), 2001.

Jacob and the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel's Story, InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 2003.

Women in the New Testament (audio lecture), Trinity Media (Ambridge, PA), 2004.

Open Hearts in Bethlehem: A Christmas Musical Drama, music and lyrics by David Bailey, Westminster John Knox Press (Louisville, KY), 2005.

Decoding the Da Vinci Code: Historical Reality vs. Murder Mystery Mythology (video), Middle Eastern New Testament Studies (New Wilmington, PA), 2005.

A Clear View of the Birth of Jesus (video), Middle Eastern New Testament Studies (New Wilmington, PA), 2005.

Jesus through the Lense of Luke (video), Crossways International (Minneapolis, MN), 2005.

Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes, InterVarsity Press (Downers Grove, IL), 2006.

Books in Arabic include a 1964 collection of studies on the prophet Amos and a 1991 book on the parables of Jesus; also author of the feature-length film scripts He Was Lost and Is Found and God Is Love, produced in translation in the Middle East. Contributor to books, including For Me to Live: Essays in Honor of James L. Kelso, Dillon/Leiderback (Cleveland, OH), 1972; Literary Structure and Rhetorical Strategies in the Hebrew Bible, edited by L.J. Regt, J. de Ward, and J.P. Fooklman, Van Gorcum (Assen, Netherlands), 1996; and Embracing God's World: A Special Collection of New and Classic Prayers, edited by Joyce Huggett, Hodder & Stoughton (London, England), 1996. Contributor of more than 150 articles and reviews to periodicals and newsletters in the United States and abroad, including Church and Society, Christianity Today, Theology Matters, Stewardship, Renewed in the Spirit, Christian Leader, Catholic Middle East, Asia Journal of Theology, Expository Times, and Presbyterian Outlook.

Bailey's writings have been translated into many other languages, including German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Persian, Latvian, Urdu, Danish, and Finnish, and on the Internet.


Some of Bailey's writings have been included in collected sound recordings released by Thesis (Pittsburgh, PA), 1977-79.



Kenneth E. Bailey Home Page, (December 18, 2006).

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