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The Revd Canon Professor Richard Burridge has been Dean of King's College London since 1994, 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, Professor Burridge spent seven years as Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, where he also lectured in Theology and Classics. In 2013 he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology by Pope Francis, in recognition of his work on the gospels.

(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 since then, 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 ‘Imitating 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) was 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, particularly those of the Gospels, and New Testament ethics.

For more details, please see his 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 DThMin (Doctorate in Theology & Ministry) and the MAThMin (MAs in Theology & Ministry).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 numerous external conferences, such as the British New Testament Conference and Annual and International Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, 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, as well as frequently leading study days for both clergy and lay people across the UK.

He also often appears on television and radio to comment on theology and church affairs; in December 2013 he appeared on the ‘Today’ programme on BBC Radio 4 with members of the Monty Python team to discuss the impact and legacy of ‘The Life of Brian’.