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Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament

Richard B. Hays

Richard B. Hays, the George Washington Ivey Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul, on the Gospels, and on New Testament theology. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture.

His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century. His most recent books are Reading Backwards (2014), Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels (2016), and Reading with the Grain of Scripture (2020).

Professor Hays, who served Dean of Duke Divinity School from 2010 to 2015, has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London’s Westminster Abbey. Professor Hays has chaired the Pauline Epistles Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as the Seminar on New Testament Ethics in the Society for New Testament Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of several leading scholarly journals. Professor Hays received an honorary doctorate (Dr. theol. honoris causa) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2009.

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Office Location:  405 Chapel Drive, 150 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3432
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Ph.D.Emory University1981
M.Div.Yale University1977
B.A.Yale University1970

Bible • Christianity • Theology

Recent Publications

  1. Hays, RB, WHOSE WORLD, WHICH LAW?, Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 32 no. 1 (March, 2017), pp. 17-25 [doi]  [abs]

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