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France, R(ichard) T(homas) 1938-

FRANCE, R(ichard) T(homas) 1938-

PERSONAL: Born April 2, 1938, in Derry, Northern Ireland; son of Edgar and Doris Woosnam (Morgan) France; married Barbara Wilding (a teacher of learning disabled children), July 30, 1965; children: David Martyn, Susan Janet. Ethnicity: "Welsh, English, Belgian." Education: Balliol College, Oxford, B.A. (with second-class honors), 1960, M.A., 1963; University of London, B.D. (with first-class honors), 1962; University of Bristol, Ph.D., 1967. Politics: Liberal Democrat. Hobbies and other interests: Mountains, wildlife, travel, music, theater.

ADDRESSES: Home—Ty'n-y'Twill, Llangelynin, Llwyngwril, Gwynedd LL37 2QL, Wales.

CAREER: Tyndale Hall, Bristol, England, lecturer in biblical theology, 1963-65; assistant curate of Church of England, Cambridge, England, 1966-69; University of Ife, Ife, Nigeria, lecturer in biblical studies, 1969-73; Tyndale House, librarian, 1973-76; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, senior lecturer in religious studies, 1976-77; Tyndale House, Cambridge, research fellow, 1977-78, warden, 1978-81; London Bible College, London, England, senior lecturer in New Testament, 1981-88, head of Department of Biblical Studies, 1982-88, vice principal, 1983-88; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, principal, 1989-95; rector of Church of England parishes in Shropshire, England, including parish of Wentnor, 1995-99; retired, 1999. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, visiting professor, 1975; Cambridge University, member of faculty of divinity, 1979-81; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, visiting professor, 1986; Oxford University, chair of faculty of theology, 1994-95. St. James' Cathedral, Ibadan, Nigeria, canon, 1994—. British New Testament Conference, leader of Jesus Seminar, 1985-92.

MEMBER: Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research.


The Living God, Inter-Varsity Press (Chicago, IL), 1970.

Jesus and the Old Testament, Inter-Varsity Press (Chicago, IL), 1971.

The Man They Crucified: A Portrait of Jesus, Inter-Varsity Press (London, England), 1975, Inter-Varsity Press (Chicago, IL), 1976, revised edition published as Jesus the Radical, 1989.

(With A. R. Millard and G. N. Stanton) A Bibliographical Guide to New Testament Research, JSOT Press (Sheffield, England), 1979.

(Editor, with D. Wenham, and contributor) GospelPerspectives, JSOT Press (Sheffield, England), Volume 1, 1980, Volume 2, 1981, Volume 3, 1983.

Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1985.

The Evidence for Jesus, Inter-Varsity Press (Chicago, IL), 1986.

Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher, Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI), 1989.

Divine Government: God's Kingship in the Gospel ofMark, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (London, England), 1990.

Jesus in a Divided Society: Bible Studies from St.Matthew's Gospel, British Church Growth Association (Bedford, England), 1993.

(Editor, with A. E. McGrath) Evangelical Anglicans:Their Role and Influence in the Church Today, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (London, England), 1993.

Women in the Church's Ministry: A Test-Case for Biblical Hermeneutics, Paternoster (Exeter, England), 1995, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1997.

Mark, Bible Reading Fellowship (Oxford, England), 1996.

(With Philip Jenson) Translating the Bible, Grove Books (Cambridge, England), 1997.

The Gospel of Mark, Doubleday (New York, NY), 1998.

A Slippery Slope? The Ordination of Women andHomosexual Practice—A Case Study in Biblical Interpretation, Grove Books (Cambridge, England), 2000.

Timothy, Titus, and Hebrews: The People's Bible Commentary, Bible Reading Fellowship (Oxford, England), 2001.

The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the GreekText, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 2002.

Contributor to books, including Biblical Interpretation and the Church: Text and Context, edited by D. A. Carson, Paternoster (Exeter, England), 1984; Chosen by God: Mary in Evangelical Perspective, edited by D. F. Wright, Marshall Pickering (London, England), 1989; Jesus of Nazareth, Lord and Christ: Essays on the Historical Jesus and New Testament Christology, edited by J. B. Green and M. M. B. Turner, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1994; To Proclaim Afresh, edited by S. Kuhrt, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge (London, England), 1995; and Romans and the People of God, edited by S. K. Soderlund and N. T. Wright, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI), 1999. Editor of "Commentary," a regular feature in Third Way, 1984-93. Contributor to periodicals, including New Testament Studies, Evangelical Quarterly,Anvil, Reformed Theological Review, Churchman, Novum Testamentum, and Theology. Editor, Themelios, 1975-78, and Tyndale Bulletin, 1978-81.

WORK IN PROGRESS: "Hebrews," to be included in Expositor's Bible Commentary, revised edition, for Zondervan (Grand Rapids, MI); "Matthew," to be included in New International Commentary on the New Testament, Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, MI).

SIDELIGHTS: R. T. France once told CA: "Most of what I have published has been commissioned by publishers or editors, or has been the expected publication of lectures given by invitation (where the choice of subject has usually been my own). Most has been derived from my teaching areas and known areas of research. I have very seldom had the experience of delivering manuscripts to publishers who had not already commissioned the work."



Interpretation, January, 2003, Michael E. Vines, review of The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text, p. 74.

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