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Richard Alan Burridge (born 11 June 1955) is a Church of England priest and biblical scholar. He is Dean of King's College London, where he is also Professor of Biblical Interpretation (Biblical Exegesis).

Richard Burridge
Dean of King's College London
ChurchChurch of England
In office1994 to present
PredecessorReginald Askew
Other postsCanon Theologian, Salisbury Cathedral (2013–present)
Ordination1985 (deacon)
1986 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameRichard Alan Burridge
Born (1955-06-11) 11 June 1955 (age 63)
Susan Morgan
(m. 1979; div. 2009)

Megan Warner (m. 2014)
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford


Early life and educationEdit

Burridge was born on 11 June 1955 to Alan Burridge and Iris Joyce Burridge (née Coates).[1] He was educated at University College, Oxford where he received an MA and the University of Nottingham where he read for a PhD.[2] His doctoral thesis on the genre of the gospels was published in 1992 as What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography and is highly influential[3] in that it played a key part both 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.[4]


Early careerEdit

Burridge's early career was as a school teacher. From 1978 to 1982, he was a schoolmaster teaching classics and a house tutor at Sevenoaks School, an independent school in Sevenoaks, Kent.[1]

Ordained ministryEdit

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).[2]

Academic careerEdit

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.[5] From 2007 to 2012, Burridge was Director of New Testament Studies, and in 2008 he was appointed to a Personal Chair in Biblical Interpretation. Richard Burridge 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. Richard Burridge 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.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1979, Burridge married Susan Morgan; they divorced in 2009.[1] Together they had two daughters.[1] In 2014, he married Megan Warner.[1]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007)
  • ‘Being Biblical? Slavery, Sexuality, and the Inclusive Community’ The 22nd Eric Symes Abbott Memorial Lecture (delivered at Westminster Abbey and Keble College Oxford, May 2007)
  • 'Genres of the New Testament: Gospels’ Chapter 26 in J W Rogerson and J M Lieu, eds., Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 514–29)
  • 'Who Writes, Why and For Whom?’ in Markus Bockmuehl and Donald A. Hagner, eds., The Written Gospel (Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp. 99–115)
  • Jesus Now and Then, co-authored with Graham Gould (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004)
  • Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003)
  • Faith Odyssey: A Journey Through Lent (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000)
  • John: The People's Bible Commentary (Oxford, Bible Reading Fellowships, 1998)
  • Four Gospels, One Jesus? (London: SPCK, 1994; American edition, Eerdmans, 1994, reprinted 1996 and 1999; SPCK/Eerdmans second edition, 2005; third edition, 2014).
  • What are the Gospels? A Companion with Graeco-Roman Biography (Cambridge: C.U.P. 1992; SNTS Monograph Series 70; paperback edition, 1995; 2nd ed. Eerdmans 2004 includes extra essay and response to comments and criticism of first edn.)


  1. ^ a b c d e "BURRIDGE, Rev. Prof. Richard Alan". Who's Who 2016. November 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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  4. ^ Graham Stanton in the Foreword to the 2nd ed of What are the Gospels? Eerdmans (2004)
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