Keith was a Primary Teacher in rural and suburban Victoria, a Youth Leader at Blackburn Baptist Church, and then taught for 5 years in the Solomon Islands for the South Sea Evangelical Church at Su’u Secondary School, before returning to Australia and theological studies at Whitley College. He went on to Doctoral studies in New Testament with Rev Dr Athol Gill, and then taught for three years at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, in Switzerland, before coming back to Whitley in 1994. He published his thesis as The Prophecy on the Mount (Mark 13) (1998).
Through his speaking engagements and involvement in local churches, Keith is passionate about encouraging open, analytical and interactive group Bible study. He is married to Lynne, has four sons, and is a member of Box Hill Baptist Church. Keith was a member of the BTheol Board/Coursework Committee (1987-91; 1995-2009), the Chair of the Academic Board of the Melbourne College of Divinity (2006–09), and is now a member of the Research Committee of the University of Divinity.
- DTheol, Melbourne College of Divinity, “The Prophecy on the Mount (Mark 13)”
- BTheol, Whitley College, Melbourne College of Divinity
- BA, History, Monash University
- TPTC, Burwood Teachers College
- Keith Dyer, “Basileia or imperium: Rome and the rhetoric of resistance in the Revelation to John,” in From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries. (Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages, vol. 9). Edited by Tarsee Li and Keith Dyer. Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2017, 346–364.
- ————, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the Consequences of War (Revelation 6.1–11).” In Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts. Edited by Anne Elvey, Keith Dyer, with Deborah Guess. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017, 132–148.
- Keith Dyer, “Beastly hybridity: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Revelation 13.” St Mark’s Review, no. 239, 2017: 93–104.
- ————, “Eating Words in the New Testament.” In Stones, Bones, and the Sacred. Essays on Material Culture and Ancient Religion in Honor of Dennis E. Smith. Edited by Alan H. Cadwallader. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016, 69–84.
- ————, “Suitably Abrahamic Australians? The Bible and Baptists in the twenty-first century. A response to Mark Brett.” In Baptist Identity into the 21st Century. Essays in Honour of Ken Manley. Edited by Frank Rees. Melbourne: Whitley College, 2016, 73–79.
- ————, “War, New Testament,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies. Ed. Christopher Matthews (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). [Also published in online form, as an annotated and hyperlinked bibliography at http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/obo/page/biblical-studies]
- ————, “The Empire of God, the Postcolonial Jesus, and Postapocalyptic Mark,” in Colonial Contexts and Postcolonial Theologies: Storyweaving in the Asia-Pacific. Edited by M.Brett and J. Havea. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 81-97.
- ————, “Paul and Embodied Resurrection: Rethinking 1 Corinthians 15”, in: Keith D. Dyer and David J. Neville (eds.), Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen. Eugene: Pickwick Publications, 2009, 136–161.
- Anne Elvey, Keith Dyer, Deborah Guess, “Ecological Aspects of War—Imagining Creaturely Mission.” Australian Journal of Mission Studies, vol. 10, 2016: 40–48.
- Tarsee Li and Keith Dyer (eds.) From Ancient Manuscripts to Modern Dictionaries. (Perspectives on Linguistics and Ancient Languages, vol. 9). Piscataway: Gorgias Press, 2017.
- Anne Elvey, Keith Dyer, with Deborah Guess (eds.) Ecological Aspects of War: Engagements with Biblical Texts. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2017.
- Anne Elvey, Deborah Guess, Keith Dyer (eds.) Ecological Aspects of War: Religious and Theological Perspectives. (A Forum for Theology in the World, vol. 3, no. 2, 2016). Adelaide: ATF Press, 2016.
- Keith D. Dyer and David J. Neville (eds.) Resurrection and Responsibility: Essays on Theology, Scripture, and Ethics in Honor of Thorwald Lorenzen. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009.
Units Currently Teaching
- Interpreting the New Testament
- Revelation (Undergrad and Postgrad)
- Salvation in the Bible (with Mark Brett) (Undergrad and Postgrad)
- Paul: Life & Letters
- Use of the Bible and Ethics (with Mark Brett)
- Theology of Love (with Mark Brett)
- New Testament studies
- Synoptic Gospels
- Book of Revelation
- Biblical Themes (environment, slavery, violence) and Hermeneutics