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Harold W. Attridge (born November 24, 1946) is an American New Testament scholar known for his work in New Testament exegesis, especially the Epistle to the Hebrews, the study of Hellenistic Judaism, and the history of the early Church.[1] He is a Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale University, where he served as Dean of the Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, the first Catholic to helm that historically Protestant school.[2]

Harold W. Attridge
Born (1946-11-24) November 24, 1946 (age 72)
OccupationProfessor; Former Dean
Academic background
EducationBoston College, University of Cambridge, Harvard Divinity School
Academic work
DisciplineNew Testament scholar
InstitutionsYale Divinity School

Education and careerEdit

Attridge received an A.B. from Boston College (1967), a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Cambridge (1969, 1973), which he attended as a Marshall Scholar, and a Ph.D. from Harvard (1974). He also studied at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1972-73.[3]

After a three-year fellowship in the Harvard Society of Fellows, Attridge taught at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University (1977-1985) and the University of Notre Dame (1985-1997), where he also served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. In 1997 he moved to Yale Divinity School, where he was named the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament.[3] He was Dean of the Divinity School from 2002-2012 before returning to teaching as a Sterling Professor.

Attridge was president of the Society of Biblical Literature in 2001 and of the Catholic Biblical Association in 2011-2012.[4] He serves on multiple editorial boards and was a fellow of the Jesus Seminar.[5] In 2015, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.[6] Yale Divinity School has established a named scholarship fund in honor of Attridge and his wife, Jan.[7]

Selected worksEdit


  • Attridge, Harold W.; Oden, Robert A. (1976). The Syrian goddess (De Dea Syria) attributed to Lucian. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press. ISBN 9780891300731. OCLC 2005876.
  • ——— (1976). The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus. Harvard dissertations in religion. 7. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press. ISBN 9780891300816. OCLC 2372776.
  • ——— (1976). First-century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus. Harvard theological studies. 29. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press. ISBN 9780891301110. OCLC 2318380.
  • ———; Oden, Robert A. (1981). Philo of Byblos, The Phoenician History: introduction, critical text, transl., notes. The Catholic biblical quarterly - Monograph series. Washington, DC: Cath. Biblical Assoc. of America. ISBN 9780915170081. OCLC 630951999.
  • ——— (1989). Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. Hermeneia--a critical and historical commentary on the Bible. Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press. ISBN 9780800660215. OCLC 19612804.
  • ——— (2010). The Acts of Thomas. Early Christian Apocrypha. 3. Salem, OR: Polebridge Press. ISBN 9781598150216. OCLC 613994200.
  • ——— (2010). Essays on John and Hebrews. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. 264. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. ISBN 9783161503191. OCLC 897203099.

Edited byEdit


  • ———; MacRae, George W. (1985). "Gospel of Truth: introduction and textual notes". In ——— (ed.). Nag Hammadi Codex I (The Jung Codex): introductions, texts, translations, indices. Nag Hammadi studies. 22. Leiden: E. J. Brill. pp. 55–118. OCLC 715623045.
  • ———; Pagels, Elaine (1985). "Tripartite Tractate: introduction and textual notes". In ——— (ed.). Nag Hammadi Codex I (The Jung Codex): introductions, texts, translations, indices. Nag Hammadi studies. 22. Leiden: E. J. Brill. pp. 159–338. OCLC 715623045.
  • ——— (1986). "The Gospel of Truth as an Esoteric Text". In Hedrick, Charles W.; Hodgson, Robert (eds.). Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism & Early Christianity. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 239–56. ISBN 9780913573167. OCLC 19590601.
  • ——— (1990). "The Original Language of the Acts of Thomas". In ———; Collins, John J.; Tobin, Thomas H. (eds.). Of Scribes and Scrolls: Studies on the Hebrew Bible, Intertestamental Judaism, and Christian Origins. Resources in religion. 5. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. pp. 241–50. ISBN 9780819179029. OCLC 21975793.


  1. ^ "Harold W. Attridge". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher. Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  2. ^ "A Testing Time for the Church: An Interview with Harold Attridge | Reflections". Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  3. ^ a b "Curriculum Vitae: Harold W. Attridge" (PDF). November 2004. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Harold W. Attridge | Yale Divinity School". Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  5. ^ Westar Institute; "Alphabetical List of Fellows".
  6. ^ "YDS Professor Harold Attridge Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences | Yale Divinity School". Retrieved 2019-04-28.
  7. ^ "YDS alumna and ethicist Jan Tanner leaves a generous legacy | Yale Divinity School". Retrieved 2019-04-28.

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