Reverend Professor John Behr
D.Phil. (Oxon), D.D. (Melbourne)
Regius Chair In Humanity
I was appointed to the Regius Chair in Humanity at the University of Aberdeen in the summer of 2020, having taught at St Vladimir’s Seminary since 1995, serving there as Dean from 2007–17. My early work was on asceticism and anthropology, focusing on St Irenaeus of Lyons and Clement of Alexandria (OUP 2000). I am writing a series of books on “The Formation of Christian Theology”, two volumes of which have already appeared: vol. 1, The Way to Nicaea (SVS Press 2001) and vol. 2 The Nicene Faith (SVS Press 2003). On the basis of these two volumes, I published a synthetic work, The Mystery of Christ: Life in Death (SVS 2006). This was followed by an edition and translation of the fragments of Diodore of Tarsus and Theodore of Mopsuestia, setting them in their historical and theological context (OUP 2011). More recently I have published a more poetic and meditative work entitled Becoming Human: Theological Anthropology in Word and Image (SVS Press, 2013) and a full study of St Irenaeus: St Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying Christianity (OUP, 2013). Most recently I have completed a new critical edition and translation of Origen’s On First Principles, together with an extensive introduction, for OUP (2017), and John the Theologian and His Paschal Gospel: A Prologue to Theology (OUP 2019).
My research interests cover the wide range of Early Christianity (Patristics), especially scriptural interpretation and anthropology, questions of life and death, and the hermeneutics of reading texts, together with the intersection of issues arising from this field with contemporary hermeneutics and phenomenology (especially that of Michel Henry), as well as modern Eastern Orthodox theology.
I am currently working on a new edition and translation of On the Making of the Human Being by Gregory of Nyssa and a new edition and translation of the works of Irenaeus; I am also preparing a study on the intersection of Christology, ecclesiology, and anthropology.
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Irenaeus on AtonementT&T Clark Companion to the Atonement. Johnson, A. (ed.). 1st edition. T&T Clark, pp. 569-577Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
John 18:28-19:16: Witnessing TruthThe Gospel of John. Raith II, C. (ed.). Cascade Books, pp. 177-91Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Plundering the Egyptians: The Use of Classical Paideia in the Early ChurchOrthodox Christianity and Higher Education. Bezzerides, A., Prodromou, E. (eds.). University of Notre Dame Press, pp. 140-154Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Diodore of Tarsus and his ExegesisHandbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken. Wischmeyer, O. (ed.). Walter de Gruyter & Co., pp. 35-46Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Patristic Humanism: The Beginnings of Christian PaideiaRe-Envisioning Christian Humanism. Zimmerman, J. (ed.). Oxford University Press (OUP), pp. 19-32Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
The Role of Death in Life: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Issues pertaining to Life and DeathBooks and Reports: Anthologies
Becoming Human: Meditations on Christian Anthropology in Word and ImageSt Vladimir's Seminary Press. 121 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Irenaeus of Lyons: Identifying ChristianityOxford University Press (OUP). 231 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Nature, Wounded and Healed in Early Patristic ThoughtToronto Journal of Theology, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 85-100Contributions to Journals: Articles
St Athanasius: On the IncarnationSt Vladimir's Seminary PressBooks and Reports: Books