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Cranmer Hall, St John’s College,

3 South Bailey, Durham DH1 3RJ

Richard Briggs

Lecturer in Old Testament, Director of Biblical Studies
Cranmer Hall tutor

Richard lectures in Old Testament and is Cranmer’s Director of Biblical Studies. He is also the academic librarian for St John’s College. Richard survived a first degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford before turning to Theology! He studied at the London School of Theology and then completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham in biblical hermeneutics, which was published as “Words in Action: Speech Act Theory and Biblical Interpretation” (T&T Clark, 2001).

He helped lead an Anglican church plant while in Nottingham, preaches regularly, and has a background in cross-cultural mission work. He was ordained in 2015. Richard has written widely on the subject of biblical interpretation, including “Reading the Bible Wisely: An Introduction to Taking Scripture Seriously” (revised edition, Wipf & Stock, 2011) and “The Virtuous Reader: Old Testament Narrative and Interpretive Virtue” (Baker Academic, 2010). He is currently working on a range of projects on the Pentateuch, including work on the book of Numbers and a projected commentary on the book of Exodus. Click here for a full list of his publications.. Richard is married to Melody, and they have three children who seem to get older every year, and are starting to disappear off to University at an alarming rate.

Richard can be contacted at: richard.briggs@durham.ac.uk