Ardel B. Caneday, Ph.D.

Ardel B. Caneday, Ph.D.

Professor of New Testament Studies & Greek (Retired)

Ph.D., in Theological Studies in New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Th.M., in Systematic Theology with a New Testament Concentration at Grace Theological Seminary.

M.Div., in Pastoral Studies with Biblical Exegesis Concentration at Grace Theological Seminary.

B.A., in History at Bryan College.


Nazareth Hall, N3113
3003 Snelling Ave. N
St Paul, MN 55113



Dr. Caneday has served churches in various pastoral roles, including senior pastor. He also served as Visiting Professor of New Testament at Oak Hills Christian College (1984-85). While completing his Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he was a Teaching Fellow at the divinity school and served as Adjunct Professor in New Testament at Trinity College (1989-91). Upon completion of his Ph.D. he served as Visiting Professor of New Testament at his alma mater, Grace Theological Seminary (1991-92), after which he joined the faculty of University of Northwestern – St. Paul in 1992.

He has authored numerous essays on a wide range of topics for a variety of periodicals, journals, and books. Though his principal field of study is the Greek New Testament, he writes and publishes on diverse topics including current cultural issues. He has studied at Jerusalem University College (Israel) and engaged significant research at Tyndale House, Cambridge, England, during a sabbatical. He is frequently requested by masters and doctoral students in graduate schools and seminaries to serve as their external reader of theses and dissertations.

Professor Caneday and his wife are avid world travelers. They have enjoyed visits to the Middle East, several European countries, India, and Nepal. He has traveled four times to India to lecture and to preach at several churches, seminaries, and colleges. His wife joined him on his third tour of south India when they also ministered to pastors and their wives in Kathmandu, Nepal. While there, they took an excursion flight to view Mount Everest. During a sabbatical in the autumn of 2017 he and his wife enjoyed a Reformation 500 celebratory tour of the principal cities involved in Martin Luther’s ministry.

The book, The Race Set Before Us (IVP, 2001), which Thomas R. Schreiner co-authored with Professor Caneday, is now in its eleventh printing. Four Views on the Historical Adam (Zondervan 2013), co-edited with Matthew Barrett, continues to receive a wide distribution and readership. Professor Caneday is currently writing a commentary on the Gospel of John for the Biblical Theology for Christian Proclamation series published by B&H.

He treasures spending as much time as possible with his six grandchildren. He also enjoys crafting wood projects, in his well-appointed workshop where he refines his furniture-making skills.

Specialty Areas

  • Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament
  • Paul and the Law
  • Gospels of Mark & John
  • Relationship between Biblical Theology & Systematic Theology
  • Christianity and Culture

Professional Accomplishments


  • Four Views on the Historical Adam. ed. Matthew Barrett & Ardel B. Caneday (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).
  • “How Can I Live out the Biblical Worldview in a Culture that Does Not Share that Worldview?” in
    Christian Contours: How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Mind and Heart, ed. Douglas S. Huffman (Grand Rapids: Kregel, February 2012).
  • “What Does It Mean to Confess Our Sins to One Another?” four-part series based on James 5:16, Credo blog, October 2011 (this publication lead to an interview by Janet Mefferd on KKMS in November 2011)
  • “Judgment, Behavior and Justification according to Paul’s Gospel in Romans 2,” Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters 1.2 (2011), forthcoming.
  • “”˜Everything Is Vapor’: Grasping for Meaning Under the Sun,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 15.2 (2011): forthcoming.
  • Must Christians Always Forgive? A Biblical Primer and Grammar on Forgiveness of Sins. Mount Hermon, CA: Center for Cultural Leadership, 2011.
  • “Covenant Lineage Allegorically Prefigured: ”˜Which Things Are Written Allegorically’ Galatians 4:21-31,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 14:3 (2010): forthcoming.
  • “Living in the Last Days,” in “The SBJT Forum,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 14:1 (2010): 60-73.
  • “The Parable of the Generous Vineyard Owner (Matthew 20:1-16),” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 13:3 (Fall 209): 34-50.
  • “The Faithfulness of Jesus Christ as a Theme in Paul’s Theology in Galatians,” The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies, ed. Michael F. Bird & Preston M. Sprinkle (Exeter, UK: Paternoster; Peabody, Mass: Hendrickson, 2009), 221-246. Fifth Printing—2009.
  • The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance (Downers Grove, Illinois: Inter-Varsity, 2001).

View a complete list of Dr. Caneday’s publications.


  • Read “Reigning in Life over Sin: The Dawn of New Creation in One New Man” in Fall 2012; this is scheduled to be published in a collection of essays on studies in Paul’s letters.
  • Read “Glory in Suffering: The Metaphor of Divine Suffering” for the study session, “Models of God: Analogy and Metaphor in Biblical Language about God.” (Fall 2012)
  • Read at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 2011–“The Advent of God’s Son as Judgment in John’s Gospel: Justification and Condemnation Already”
  • Read at Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, Georgia, November 17-19, 2010—”Justification, Judgment and Behavior: Judgment Day’s Coming Verdict Now Announced in the Gospel,” for the Hermeneutics Study Section, “Hermeneutics: Other Perspectives on the New Perspectives on Paul and the Law.”
  • Read at Annual Faculty Scholarship Symposium, University of Northwestern, Saint Paul, Minnesota: May 5, 2009—”A Biblical Primer and Grammar of Forgiveness of Sin.”
  • Read at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Providence, Rhode Island, November 19-21, 2008—”The Faithfulness of Jesus Christ as a Theme in Paul’s Theology in Galatians.”
  • Read at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, California, November 24-27, 2007—”The Faithfulness of Jesus as a Theme of Pauline Theology.”
  • Read at Annual Meeting of the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, March 31-April 1, 2006—”The Muzzled Ox and the Abused Apostle: Deut 25:4 in 1 Cor 9:9.”
  • Read at Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the Evangelical Theological Society, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, March 24-25, 2006—”Let’s Get Biblical: Moving from Scripture to Theology Concerning ”˜Racial Reconciliation.’”

Professional Memberships

  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Center of the American Experiment
  • National Association of Scholars
  • Minnesota Association of Scholars
  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • Theta Alpha Kappa

Advisory Roles at University of Northwestern

  • Advisor & Coordinator of Alpha Zeta Omicron, the local chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, National Honor Society for Religious Studies & Theological Studies.
  • Campus Representative and Faculty Associate member of Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Service to Other Organizations

  • Associate Editor, ACT3 Journal, Reformation & Revival Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois
  • Frequent Speaker for many organizations, churches, institutes
  • Periodically interviewed on radio as “expert” on various subjects

Recent Awards

  • 2007 Excellence in Scholarship, awarded by faculty colleagues, University of Northwestern
  • 2005 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
  • 2000 Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers