Richard Burridge (priest)
|Former Dean of King's College London|
|Church||Church of England|
|In office||1994 to 2019|
|Other posts||Canon Theologian, Salisbury Cathedral (2013–present)|
|Ordination||1985 (deacon) |
|Birth name||Richard Alan Burridge|
|Born||11 June 1955|
(m. 1979; div. 2009)
Megan Warner (m. 2014)
|Alma mater||University College, Oxford |
Early life and educationEdit
Burridge was born on 11 June 1955 to Alan Burridge and Iris Joyce Burridge (née Coates). He was educated at University College, Oxford where he received an MA and the University of Nottingham where he read for a PhD. His doctoral thesis on the genre of the gospels was published in 1992 as What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography'. It played a part in establishing that the Gospels were read as biographies in the first centuries after Christ, and that they belonged to a recognised literary genre of biographies rather than being unprecedented writings which reflected the faith and life of the post-Easter church.
Burridge trained for the Anglican priesthood at St John's College, Nottingham. He was ordained deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986 and was curate at St Peter and St Paul, Bromley, Kent (1985–1987).
Burridge has been Dean of King's College London since 1994, and he was elected as a Fellow of King's College (FKC) in 2002. From 2007 to 2012, he was Director of New Testament Studies, and in 2008 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation. He is a member of the Church of England's General Synod, and chaired their validation panel for ordination training and theological education (1996–2004); he is currently serving as a representative of the Church Commissioners and as deputy chair on the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group. He was a trustee of Cumberland Lodge between 1998 and 2008.
Role at King's College LondonEdit
The Dean of King's College London is an ordained person responsible for overseeing the spiritual development and welfare of all students and staff as well as fostering vocations among the worshipping community.
When King's was founded in 1829 it was with the express purpose of ensuring that its students received an education that took seriously the religious dimension to life. Throughout the history of King's its deans have been key people in ensuring this continues. The college motto, sancte et sapienter ("with holiness and with wisdom"), reflects both the college's Anglican foundation and its continuing commitment to religious life and theological education.
The modern-day King's includes members from a wide array of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. Today the dean is responsible for the university's provision for its diverse religious community. Richard Burridge ceased to be Dean of King's College London in August 2019.
- Burridge, Richard A. (1992). What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography. Society for New Testament Studies - Monograph series. 70. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780521412292. OCLC 23901330. - revision of his doctoral thesis.
- ——— (1994). Four Gospels, One Jesus?: a symbolic reading. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802808769. OCLC 933917569.
- ——— (1998). John. The People's Bible Commentary. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9781841010298. OCLC 875023073.
- ——— (2000). Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Life. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9780802809742. OCLC 52738284.
- ——— (2000). Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Lent. Oxford: Bible Reading Fellowship. ISBN 9781841011899. OCLC 54047839.
- ———; Gould, Graham (2004). Jesus Now and Then. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802809773. OCLC 54024131.
- ——— (2007). Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802844583. OCLC 799877369.
Articles and chaptersEdit
- ——— (2006). "Reading the Gospels as Biography". In McGing, Brian C.; Mossman, Judith (eds.). The Limits of Ancient Biography. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales. pp. 31–49. ISBN 9781905125128. OCLC 85369560.
- ——— (2006). "Genres of the New Testament: Gospels". In Rogerson, John W.; Lieu, Judith M. (eds.). Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 514–29. ISBN 9780199254255. OCLC 475665834.
- ——— (2005). "Who Writes, Why and For Whom?". In Bockmuehl, Markus; Hagner, Donald A. (eds.). The Written Gospel. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 99–115. ISBN 9780521540407. OCLC 938145179.
- ——— (2000). "Gospel Genre, Christological Controversy and the Absence of Rabbinic Biography: Some Implications of the Biographical Hypothesis". In Horrell, David G.; Tuckett, Christopher M. (eds.). Christology, Controversy, and Community: New Testament Essays in Honour of David R. Catchpole. Supplements to Novum Testamentum. 99. Leiden: Brill. pp. 137–56. ISBN 9789004116795. OCLC 797444812.
- "BURRIDGE, Rev. Prof. Richard Alan". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- "Rev Canon Professor Richard Burridge". kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
- Graham Stanton in the Foreword to the 2nd ed of What are the Gospels? Eerdmans (2004)
- "Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the College" (PDF). kcl.ac.uk. July 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
- "Why King's has a Dean". King's College London. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
- King's College London Staff Profile
- King's College London Dean's page
- "The King's Values: Consumer Culture and Higher Education" Dean's first inaugural lecture pdf transcript ("cogito ergo sum" being replaced by "tesco ergo sum")
- "(Re-) tell me the old, old Story: Narrative, Genre and the Bible" second Professorship inaugural lecture podcast (moralism of "the Bible says" as genre-mistake, scripture's library of diverse texts properly seen as "The Books" rich in diversity)