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Richard Burridge

The Revd Professor Richard Burridge

richard burridgeDean of King's College London and Professor of Biblical Interpretation

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The Revd Professor Richard Burridge has been Dean of King's College London since 1994, and was appointed Director of New Testament Studies in 2007, and received a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation in 2008. After obtaining a first-class honours degree from the University of Oxford, and training as a teacher at the University of Nottingham, his first post was as a Classics teacher at Sevenoaks School. He then combined theological training for ordination with a doctorate on Gospel genre (also from the University of Nottingham, 1989), and was ordained to the Anglican priesthood in 1986. After working as a curate in a parish in Bromley, Kent, Dr Burridge spent seven years as Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, where he also lectured in Theology and Classics. Professor Burridge is a member of the Academic Board of St Mellitus College, the Chairman of both the Christian Evidence Society and the Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Committee, and has represented the University of London at the Church of England’s General Synod since 1994. He often appears on television and in other media to comment on theology and church affairs.

On 12 May 2011, Professor Burridge gave his inaugural lecture as Professor of Biblical Interpretation, entitled "(Re-)tell me the old, old story: Narrative, genre and the Bible".

(For more details on Professor Burridge’s work as Dean of King's College London, please visit the Dean's Office webpages.)

Research interests
  • Jesus and the Gospels, particularly their genre
  • Graeco-Roman literature, especially biography
  • New Testament ethics

Professor Burridge’s doctoral thesis, published as What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography (1992, revised 2004), is widely recognised as having significantly influenced the field of study of Gospel genre. He has built on this work over the last ten years, looking particularly at how New Testament ethics should be interpreted in the light of the recognition that the Gospels are essentially bioi (biographies) of Jesus, and using South African apartheid as a case study This has been published as Imitiating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (2007). He has also worked in the area of Biblical interpretation and commentary, and his commentary on John’s Gospel (in the BRF People's BIble Commentary series) has been selected by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the recommended book to accompany the preparatory Bible study for all Bishops before the 2008 Lambeth Conference. He is also General Editor of the PBC series.

Professor Burridge welcomes enquiries about applications for MPhil/PhD study in areas appropriate to his work.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Richard A Burridge (2010) 'Imitating Jesus: reading the Eternal Word Response' SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF THEOLOGY, 63 (3), pp. 346-352. [Editorial Material (Print)] 
  • R A Burridge (2008) 'Being Biblical? Slavery, sexuality, and the inclusive community' Hts Teologiese Studies-Theological Studies, 64 (1), pp. 155-+. [Article in print Journal] 
  • Richard Burridge (2007) Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics Today Grand Rapids: Eerdmans  [Authored Book in print] 
  • Richard Burridge (2006) 'Genres of the Old and New Testaments: Gospels', in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies pp. 432-444 [Chapter] 
For a complete list of publications, please see Richard's full research profile.
Professor Burridge contributes to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the area of New Testament, as well as teaching on the Biblical Studies tracks for the DMin (Doctorate in Ministry) and the new MAMin (MAs in Theology & Ministry), which are taught jointly with the Department of Education and Professional Studies.

Professor Burridge has also acted as External Examiner for PhD theses at institutions including the University of Birmingham, the University of Gloucestershire, and the University of Sheffield.
Expertise and public exposure

Professor Burridge has presented papers on his ongoing work on Gospel genre and New Testament ethics at various external conferences, such as the British New Testament Conference (2005) and Annual Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007), and at seminars within King’s, including the Research Institute in Systematic Theology. He is also involved with the Department’s Biblical Studies Research Seminar, and lectures and teaches regularly in the USA and South Africa. 

In December 2007, Professor Burridge contributed to a BBC Radio 4 series examining the history and background of Luke’s Gospel, which accompanied the BBC radio serial dramatisation of Luke’s story of Jesus.



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