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Portrait of deceased Rev Professor Anthony Thisteton.

The College is sad to hear the news of the death of Rev Professor Anthony Thiselton FBA who was Principal of St John’s from 1988 to 1992.

He was one of the leading biblical scholars of his generation, where his main contribution was in the area of hermeneutics but he had a wide range of interests with contributions in systematics, philosophical theology and ethics.  He was ordained a deacon in 1960 and priest 1961, and served the Church England in both parish ministry and at General Synod.  In addition to being Principal of St John’s Durham, he had also been Principal of St John’s Nottingham and head of theology at the University of Nottingham.  As well as a number of honorary degrees he was a Fellow of the British Academy.

The Principal, Rev Professor David Wilkinson paid tribute, ‘Anthony Thiselton was a well loved Principal of this College.  I owe him a great deal.  During my time as Principal he was encouraging and supportive as a friend and counsellor.  As a biblical scholar his work was foundational to the development of the subject not just in universities but also in the mission and ministry of the church.  For evangelical Christians his approach was at times provocative but always faithful to the text.  His work and commentaries on 1 Corinthians have had a profound impact on my own thinking, not least in articulating the Christian hope of resurrection of the body in new creation.   It is in the light of that hope that we assure Rosemary and the family of our thoughts and prayers at this time.’


The funeral will take place on Saturday 4 March at 2.00pm in:

St Mary's Church




The Service of Thanksgiving will be streamed online and can be accessed on St Mary’s Church Attenborough YouTube site on 4th March at 2pm from here:


The Principal will be there representing the College and will be giving a brief tribute to Anthony’s scholarship.