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Purposeean and professor of patristics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, John Behr writes about early church history, especially the development of theological reflection, asceticism, and Christian anthropology. He comes to America from England where he took his undergraduate degree at Thames Polytechnic, London. Going on to Oxford University to study with Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia after a year studying in Greece, he earned an M.Phil. in Eastern Christian studies and a D.Phil. in theology in 1995. Dr. Behr then joined the St. Vladimir’s faculty as a lecturer in patristics and was named a professor in 2000. He was ordained an Orthodox priest the next year and made an archpriest in 2008. Currently the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University, he formerly served as president of the Orthodox Theological Society in America. He was editor of St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly and continues as associate editor of the Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladamir’s Seminary Press and as a member of the editorial board of Pro Ecclesia. In addition to publishing articles in scholarly journals, he is the editor (with Andrew Louth and Dimitri Conomos) of Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West (2003) and the author of nine other books, including: St. Irenaeus of Lyons: On the Apostolic Preaching (1997); Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement (2000); a two volume study of the formation of Christian theology, The Way to Nicaea (2001) and The Nicene Faith (2004); The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death (2006), which challenges the modern historical approach to theology by reading the Old Testament as a thesaurus of imagery to be understood from the starting point of the risen Christ; The Case Against Diodore and Theodore: Texts and their Contexts (2011); and a landmark edition, translation, and commentary on the remaining fragments of the writings of Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia, St. Athanasius: On the Incarnation (2011). His most recent books are Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image, which was published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press in 2013, and Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity, a full contextual study of the first great theologian of the Christian tradition, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. A new edited volume, Death in Life: A Multidisciplinary Examination of the Relationship between Life and Death, is forthcoming from Cascade Books, a division of Wipf and Stock.