Ardel Caneday, Ph.D.


Adjunct Instructor of New Testament & Greek

After serving as a pastor, Ardel Caneday became a university professor. He served for 28 years as Professor of New Testament & Greek at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Recently he retired from full-time teaching to continue as an adjunct professor at UNW. He has published numerous essays on both the Old and New Testaments and on a wide range of topics for a variety of periodicals, journals, and books. His principal field of study is the Greek New Testament, but he writes and publishes on diverse topics including current cultural issues. His major current project is a commentary on John’s Gospel. Read his blog at

He is married to Lois, with whom he enjoys world traveling both for ministry and leisure. They delight in spending time with their family, including two married sons and six grandchildren. Ardel enjoys crafting wood projects, biking, reading, and playing games with his wife.

Academic Credentials

  • B.A. (History), Bryan College
  • M.Div. (Pastoral Studies and Biblical Exegesis), Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.M. (Systematic Theology—New Testament Concentration), Grace Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D.(Theological Studies—New Testament Exegesis and Theology), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


Various publications are available here.


  • For It Stands in Scripture: Essays in Honor of W. Edward Glenny. Eds. Ardel B. Caneday, Anna Rask, and Greg Rosauer. St. Paul, MN: Berntsen Library, University of Northwestern, 2019.
  • Must Christians Always Forgive? A Biblical Primer and Grammar on Forgiveness of Sins. Mount Hermon, CA: Center for Cultural Leadership, 2011.
  • The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance (Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2001).


  • “God’s Parabolic Design for Israel’s Tabernacle: A Cluster of Earthly Shadows of Heavenly Realities,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 24.1 (2020): 103–124.
  • “Biblical Types: Revelation Concealed in Plain Sight to be Disclosed—‘These Things Occurred Typologically to Them and Were Written Down for Our Admonition,’” in God’s Glory Revealed in Christ: Essays on Biblical Theology in Honor of Thomas R. Schreiner, eds. Denny Burk, James M. Hamilton, Jr., and Brian Vickers (Nashville: B&H, 2019), 135–156.
  • “The Word Made Flesh as Mystery Incarnate: Revealing and Concealing Dramatized by Jesus as Portrayed in John’s Gospel,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 60.4 (2017): 751–65.
  • “Lavishly Forgive Sins in order to Be Forgiven: Jesus’ Parable of the Unmerciful Servant,” The Evangelical Review of Theology & Politics—Purge the Old Leaven: Aspects of Church Discipline in the Bible, Theology, and Culture, 5 (2017): 17–31.
  • “Genesis, Interpretation of Chapters 1 and 2 (Factual View),” Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by Paul Copan, Tremper Longman, III, Christopher L. Reese, Michael G. Strauss (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017), 320–324.
  • “Glory Veiled in the Tabernacle of Flesh: Exodus 33–34 in the Gospel of John,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 20.1 (2016): 55–72.
  • “Covenantal Life with God from Eden to Holy City,” in Progressive Covenantalism, ed. Stephen J. Wellum and Brent Parker (Nashville: B&H, 2016), 101–126.
  • “Already Reigning in Life through One Man: Recovery of Adam’s Abandoned Dominion (Romans 5:12–21),” in Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo, eds. Matthew S. Harmon and Jay E. Smith (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014): 27–43.
  • “God’s Incarnate Son as the Embodiment of Last Day Resurrection: Eternal Life as Justification in John’s Gospel,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, 18.4 (2014): 67–88.
  • “‘Anyone Hung Upon a Pole Is Under God’s Curse’—Deuteronomy 21:22–23 in Old and New Covenant Contexts,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology3 (2014): 121–136.
  • “‘If You Continue in the Faith’ (Colossians 1:21–23): An Exegetical Theological Exercise in Syntax, Discourse, and Performative Speech,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology3 (2013): 20–34.
  • “‘Everything Is Vapor’: Grasping for Meaning Under the Sun,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology3 (2011): 26–40.