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Dean 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 then 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. Currently a 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. Vladimir 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). Forthcoming later in 2013 will be two new studies: Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image, which will be published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, and Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity, a full contextual study of the first great theologian of the Christian tradition, which will be published by Oxford University Press.