John Kaltner

John Kaltner

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim and Christian Relations, Chair

John Kaltner is the Virginia Ballou McGehee Professor of Muslim-Christian Relations. He teaches courses in the Bible, Islam, and Arabic.


Sleuthing the Bible: Clues That Unlock the Mysteries of the Text (with Steven L. McKenzie). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2019.

The Bible and the Qur’an: Biblical Figures in the Islamic Tradition (with Younus Mirza). New York: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Reading the Old Testament Anew: Biblical Perspectives on Today’s Issues. Winona: Anselm Academic, 2017.

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know. Revised and expanded edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.

New Meanings for Ancient Texts: Recent Approaches to Biblical Criticisms and Their Applications. Edited with Steven L. McKenzie. Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 2013.

The Back Door Introduction to the Bible (with Steven L. McKenzie).  Winona: Anselm Academic, 2012.

Introducing the Qur′an for Today′s Reader.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.

The Uncensored Bible: The Bawdy and Naughty Bits of the Good Book (with Steven L. McKenzie).  San Francisco: HarperOne, 2008.

The Old Testament: Its Background, Growth, and Content (with Steven L. McKenzie). Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007.

What Do Our Neighbors Believe? Questions and Answers on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (with Howard Greenstein and Kendra Hotz). Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2007.

Inspired Speech: Prophecy in the Ancient Near East. Essays in Honor of Herbert B. Huffmon. Edited with Louis Stulman. London: T & T Clark International, 2004.

Islam: What Non-Muslims Should Know. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.

Inquiring of Joseph: Getting to Know a Biblical Character through the Qur’an. Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 2003.

Beyond Babel: A Handbook for Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages. Edited with Steven L. McKenzie. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2002; Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002.

Ishmael Instructs Isaac: An Introduction to the Qur’an for Bible Readers. Collegeville: Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 1999.

The Use of Arabic in Biblical Hebrew Lexicography. Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 28. Washington, D.C.: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1996.


Ph.D., Drew University, Hebrew Bible
S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute; Diploma, Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies
M.A., Maryknoll School of Theology
B.A., State University of New York at Oswego