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J. Kenneth Grider (1921December 6, 2006[1]) is a Nazarene Christian theologian and former seminary professor primarily associated with the followers of John Wesley who are part of the Holiness movement. A member of the Church of the Nazarene, he graduated from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1947 and received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1952. His "magnum opus" is the 1994 book A Wesleyan-Holiness Theology (ISBN 0-8341-1512-3). Long active in Wesleyan circles, he taught at the Nazarene Theological Seminary for 38 years and was also one of the translators of the New International Version of the Bible.[2]

In 1999 Grider received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wesleyan Theological Society.[3]


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  1. Joseph Kenneth Grider, obituary. Nazarene Theological Seminary. Accessed January 18, 2010
  2. The NIV Committee on Bible Translation
  3. Paul M. Bassett, Tribute to J. Kenneth Grider. Wesleyan Theological Journal, vol. 34 (1999), no. 2, pp. 281-286
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