We at BtT are happy to congratulate both Andreas Köstenberger and B&H Publishing Group, as B&H announced today that Köstenberger is the new “Director of Acquisitions” for their academic program. Köstenberger takes this new post in addition to his roles as director of Ph.D. Studies and professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (JETS).
Brad Waggoner, vice president and publisher of B&H Publishing Group, commented on the decision: “When Dr. Thom Rainer assumed the role of president and CEO at LifeWay Christian Resources, he demonstrated his commitment to substantive academic publishing by creating the B&H Academic imprint. Since that time B&H Academic has grown in reputation and quality.
“As we continue to prioritize the importance of academic publishing, we have invited Dr. Köstenberger to join our efforts in acquiring significant authors whom God has gifted to help equip the next generation of leaders for the church. It is my firm expectation that Dr. Köstenberger will utilize his knowledge as a scholar and his expertise in leading others to enhance B&H’s commitment to and effectiveness in academic publishing for all of our colleges and seminaries and ultimately for the sake of the local church.”
Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary, added, “Andreas Köstenberger is one of evangelicalism’s finest New Testament scholars and a gift to our seminary. We are delighted to share this gifted academician with co-laborers in the gospel. This is a good thing for the work of the Kingdom and the building up of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Köstenberger states, “In light of the considerable resources it brings to the table, there is definitely a window of opportunity for B&H Academic (as) several major publishers have moved to the theological left in recent years. The first specific priority I see for B&H is to nurture a culture of academic excellence. We must make a case that biblical Christianity and excellence – in everything we do – are not only perfectly compatible; excellence is the only logical commitment for anyone who has truly understood the character of God and His calling on our lives.”
In addition to his classroom and editorial posts, Köstenberger is the founding president of Biblical Foundations, an organization with the aim of “restoring the biblical foundations of the home, the church and society.” He is also the author, editor and translator of more than 20 books. Köstenberger will begin his work with B&H on Sept. 1.
B&H Publishing Group produces Bibles, church supplies, and academic, reference and trade books that are distributed worldwide. The company is widely known for the No. 1 New York Times bestseller The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick as well as popular titles from Beth Moore (Praying God’s Word) and Henry Blackaby (Experiencing God). Other leading B&H authors include Vicki Courtney, Priscilla Shirer, and Thom Rainer. Their Holman Bible Publishers division, with roots dating back to 1738, recently developed the highly regarded HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible) translation and is also the largest United States publisher of Spanish language Bibles.