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Anthony C. Thiselton, professor of Christian theology emeritus at the University of Nottingham, is widely respected for his work in biblical and philosophical hermeneutics. He serves as associate priest at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Attenborough, as well as canon theologian emeritus of both Leicester Cathedral and to the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. Educated at City of London School and King's College London, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1960 and served a curacy at Holy Trinity Sydenham in South London. He became chaplain of Tyndale Hall, a ministerial training college, in Bristol in 1963 and also taught at the University of Bristol. In 1971, he was appointed Stephenson Fellow at the University of Sheffield and became a lecturer in biblical studies the next year. Earning a Ph.D. in theology at Sheffield in 1977, he was named senior lecturer in 1979 and also held ecclesiastical appointments as examining chaplain to the bishops of both Sheffield and Leicester. Dr. Thiselton accepted appointment as principal of St. John's College in Bramcote, Nottingham, in 1985, and three years later was named principal of St. John's College, University of Durham, where he earned a doctor of divinity degree in 1994 and was later awarded an honorary professorship. He was appointed professor and chair of Christian theology at Nottingham in 1992. After his retirement in 2001, he served for five years as professor of Christian theology at the University of Chester, then accepted Nottingham's invitation to return as professor from 2006 to 2011 and became professor emeritus at Chester. He has been a visiting professor at Calvin College, Fuller Theological Seminary, Regent College in Vancouver, and North Park University in Chicago, and, over the course of his career, taught in fifteen countries on four continents. A former president of the Society of Theology, he also has served in numerous ecclesiastical and governmental positions—as vice chair of the Board of Theological Studies, the Doctrine Commission, and the Council for National Academic Awards and as a member of the Church of England's General Synod, the Crown Nominations Committee, the Commission for Theological Education in the Anglican Communion, and the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority. Dr. Thiselton is a fellow of the British Academy and King's College London and an honorary fellow of Cranmer Hall, Durham. In 2004, he was awarded a Lambeth D.D. by the Archbishop of Canterbury. The author of more than seventy papers published in academic journals, he has written eighteen books, including The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Descriptions (1980 and 1993), New Horizons in Hermeneutics (1992), Interpreting God and the Post-Modern Self (1995), The Promise of Hermeneutics (1999), The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Test (2000), A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (2001 and 2005), 1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary (2006), Hermeneutics of Doctrine (2007), The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and His Thought (2009), and, most recently, two volumes published in 2011, 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries, a commentary on Paul's early letters, which was published by Blackwell, and Life after Death: A New Approach to Last Things, a study using philosophical and linguistic analysis as an aid to reflection on eschatological questions and the biblical language of promise, which was published by Wm. B. Eerdmans.