Participants

Richard Alan Burridge is the dean of King’s College London and has held a personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation at King’s since 2008. His administrative role carries responsibility for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff as well as fostering vocations among those in the worshipping community. Educated at University College, Oxford, where he earned a first-class honors degree in classics, philosophy, and ancient history, he trained as a teacher at the University of Nottingham and taught classics at the Sevenoakes School before returning to St. John’s College, Nottingham (now St. John’s School of Mission), to study for the Anglican priesthood. Dr. Burridge was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1986. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Nottingham three years later. His doctoral thesis became his first book, What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography (1992, 1995, and 2004), an interdisciplinary work that has significantly influenced Gospel scholarship by drawing on insights from literary theory to demonstrate that the widespread view of the Gospels as unique is a false one when interpreted from the perspective of ancient biography—and then showing what a biographical perspective means for Gospel interpretation. Dr. Burridge served as curate of St. Peter and St. Paul in Bromley, a parish in Kent, for two years before being appointed Lazenby Chaplain at the University of Exeter, where he also taught theology and classics from 1987 to 1994, when he accepted the deanship at King’s and was appointed a lecturer in New Testament. He was elected a fellow of King’s in 2002 and served as King’s director of New Testament Studies from 2007 to 2012. He has been a visiting professor at Canada’s Regent’s College in Vancouver, British Columbia, Fuller Theological Seminary, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Trinity College, University of Melbourne. A Sarum Canon and Canon Theologian at Salisbury Cathedral, Dr. Burridge became the first non-Catholic to receive the Ratzinger Prize for Theology, which Pope Francis awarded him in 2013. He is a former member of the Church of England’s General Synod and the former chair of the Synod’s Visitation Panel for ordination training and theological education. He is a trustee of and currently chairs the Christian Evidence Society. The author of numerous papers in academic journals and volumes of collective works, Dr. Burridge served as editor (with Daniel M. Gurtner and Joel Willetts) of Jesus, Matthew’s Gospel and Early Christianity: Studies in Memory of Graham N. Stanton (2011). In addition to What are the Gospels? he is the author of six other books: Four Gospels, One Jesus? A Symbolic Reading (1994, 2005, and 2014); John: The People’s Bible Commentary (1998 and 2007), which was chosen as preparatory reading for the 2008 Lambeth Conference; Faith Odyssey: A Journey through Lent (2000); Faith Odyssey: A Journey through Life (2003); (with Graham Gould) Jesus Now and Then (2004); and Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics Today, a major study published by Wm. B. Eerdmans in 2007 (and short listed for the 2009 Michael Ramsey Prize) that uses the experiences of churches in South Africa as a test case in exploring ways the New Testament’s ethical vision of inclusion can be appropriated today.