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Klisia (κλισία) is a Greek word that occurs only once in the New Testament (hapax legomenon) and means “a group of people eating together” (BDAG). It is found when Jesus multiplies five loaves of bread and two fishes:
“(Now about five thousand men were there.) Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.”” (Luke 9:14, NET)
Biblical and theological studies are to be enjoyed together as Church—and we love when it’s with some food. Also, the grace of Jesus giving freely stimulates our vision of open-access publishing.
We pray that the open-access books we publish will be solid food, multiplying the knowledge of our triune God worldwide. That is why Klisia became the first open-access theological publisher focusing on biblical doctrine that strengthens the global church. To ensure that we produce solid food for the church, all books are peer-reviewed, and all authors must affirm a clear doctrinal position.
Our Mission & Open-Access Approach
The early Christian believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching (Acts 2:42). It is surprising that they were not studying the Scriptures alone but rather received instruction from those called to teach. The Apostle Paul calls “pastors-teachers” gifts from Christ to equip the church (Eph 4:11–12).
Today, some of the most read (and translated) Christian titles are often written by false teachers who even deny basic tenets of the historic Christian faith, such as the Trinity. One of the reasons behind this tragic reality is that they often have excellent marketing material, distribution, and sales volume.
Instead of fighting this reality on their terms, Klisia believes that excellent teaching is a gift from Christ and should be free. We do not believe that only wealthy authors who can self-publish deserve a voice. So, we created a “business model” to ensure all our digital publications are free. More than that! The CC BY license means these works are free to be used and changed with attribution. This is extremely helpful for contextualization, combining material from different sources, and keeping a shorter reading list for students.
Our authors need to affirm seven core doctrines, and their work is peer-reviewed by top academics in the respective field.
Murilo R. Melo
Th.M, M.D., Ph.D
Murilo is a theologian passionate about training pastors where the church needs it the most. He is ABD Ph.D. in theological ethics at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. He often teaches at T-Link (Brazil), SETECA (Guatemala), ESWA (Liberia), and CDL (Mozambique). Previously, he was a medical professor and directed clinical labs and five medical societies.
Rebekkah Scott is the Online Course Coordinator for the Online Education Department at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is also a PhD student at Dallas Theological Seminary, and is currently researching the theological significance of friendship as well as its practical applications.
Nathan Jordan is a pastor, a New Testament Studies PhD candidate at Dallas Theological Seminary, and a professor at Acts Bible College in Royse City, TX. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. His work is currently focused on New Testament biblical theology, textual criticism, and the discipleship processes of the church.
What we and all our authors believe
1. The Trinity: The one true God eternally exists as three Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; one in nature, equal in glory, but distinct in relationships.
2. The full deity and full humanity of Christ, with the two natures unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably concurring in the one Person of Jesus Christ.
3. The spiritual lostness of the human race.
4. The substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection of Christ.
5. Salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
6. The future physical return of Christ
7. The authority and inerrancy of Scripture.
2. Editorial decision
At this point, our focus is to ensure that the book is well-written, follows our guidelines, addresses a need of the church, and seems to be doctrinally aligned.
3. Peer Review
Our peer reviewers are academic experts in their areas with a heart for the global church. They may discuss some ideas with the author before recommending publication or not.
4. Final Editorial decision
Usually, we follow the recommendation of the peer reviewers and discuss any concerns with them. However, editors can contact the authors to inform that decision.
5. Funding Queue
See our Funding Process page for more information.
6. Editing process
Copywriting will ensure a high-quality final publication, giving us joy after so much hard work.
All our books receive ISBN and, when applicable, a digital object identifier (DOI) for easy access. Those targeted to higher education are submitted to Academic Databases. Klisia is a member of Crossref.
A variety of formats allow greater access and compatibility across platforms. PDF, ePub/Kindle, and HTML are always free online here and in other databases. We partner with Amazon and IngramSpark to make print and digital materials available worldwide, with a fee to cover costs and provide additional funding for other books.