Anthony Thiselton

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Anthony Thiselton

OccupationFormer principal of both St John's College, Nottingham and St John's College, Durham
AwardsLambeth Doctorate of Divinity
Fellow of the British Academy
Academic background
EducationCity of London School, King's College London, University of Sheffield, University of Durham
Academic work
School or traditionconservative evangelical

Anthony Charles Thiselton FBA (born 1937) is an English Anglican priest, theologian, and academic. He has written a number of books and articles on a range of topics in Christian theology, biblical studies, and the philosophy of religion. He has served on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, appointed by the Minister of Health.


He was educated at City of London School, with degrees from King's College London (BD, MTh) the University of Sheffield (PhD) and the University of Durham (DD). He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Chester;[1] in March 2012. Thiselton is an Honorary Fellow of Cranmer Hall, Durham;[2] fellow of King's College London and fellow of the British Academy.

Thiselton is a former head of theology at the University of Nottingham and was also principal of both St John's College, Nottingham (1986 to 1988) and St John's College, Durham (1988 to 1992).[3] He is a priest and canon in the Church of England, in which he represents the Diocese of Southwell on the church's General Synod. He is an associate priest in the parish of St Mary the Virgin, Attenborough, Nottingham. On 25 June 2002, he was presented with a Lambeth Degree of Doctorate of Divinity by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey.

He was visiting Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena; Calvin College, Grand Rapids; Regent College, Vancouver; North Park, Seminary, Chicago; the University of Utrecht, Netherlands; several seminaries in South Korea; Senior Lecturer in the University of Sheffield; and Professor of Theology in the University of Chester.

Thiselton retired from Nottingham in 2001; then served as Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Chester from 2001 to 2006. He returned to Nottingham as professor from 2006 to 2011, which year marked his final retirement from academic posts.[4]

He served on the Church of England General Synod membership, and its Commissions and Committees: Crown Nominations Commission, 2000-2010); Appointments Committee (2008–13); and Theological Education and Training Committee (1999-2005). Outside Synod he remained on the Doctrine Commission for nearly 30 years: Church of England Doctrine Commission (1976-2006); Acting Chairman, (1987); Church of England Faith and Order Group (1979–89); Theological Education in the Anglican Communion (2003–06).

His main published work has been in the areas of hermeneutics (especially hermeneutical theory and its relationship to biblical interpretation), Christian doctrine (including eschatology and pneumatology), and biblical studies, in particular with two substantial commentaries on 1 Corinthians. He is unusual in academic theology for publishing research-level works across such a broad range of topics.

He received a Festschrift, edited by Stanley Porter and Matthew Malcolm, entitled Horizons in Hermeneutics (Eerdmans) in April 2013. In June 2012 he was also the subject of a one-day conference in his honour, at the University of Nottingham, at which he presented a response paper to several contributors who spoke in light of his work. Proceedings from this conference were published by Paternoster (in the UK) and IVP (in the US) as The Future of Biblical Interpretation (2013). St John's College, Nottingham, inaugurated a series of "Thiselton lectures" in 2013 to honour his work in hermeneutics. He gave the first of these himself, in June 2013.


Thiselton was described in 2002, during the selection of the next Archbishop of Canterbury, as belonging to the conservative evangelical wing of the Church of England.[5]



  • Thiselton, Anthony C. (1980). The Two Horizons: New Testament Hermeneutics and Philosophical Description with special reference to Heidegger, Bultmann, Gadamer, and Wittgenstein. Exeter ; Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-83520-8. OCLC 4907859.
  • ———; Lundin, Roger; Walhout, Clarence (1985). The Responsibility of Hermeneutics. Carlisle ; Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-80029-9. OCLC 12371404.
  • ——— (1992). New Horizons in Hermeneutics: The Theory and Practice of Transforming Biblical Reading. London ; Grand Rapids, MI: HarperCollins ; Zondervan. ISBN 978-0-310-51590-6. OCLC 24699360.
  • ——— (1995). Interpreting God and the Postmodern Self: on meaning, manipulation, and promise. Edinburgh ; Grand Rapids, MI: T & T Clark ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-84128-5. OCLC 33078178.
  • ———; Lundin, Roger; Walhout, Clarence (1999). The Promise of Hermeneutics. Carlisle ; Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-84635-8. OCLC 40848460.
  • ——— (2000). The First Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary. Carlisle ; Grand Rapids, MI: Paternoster ; Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-82449-3. OCLC 44926923.
  • ——— (2001). A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (1st ed.). Oxford: Oneworld.
  • ——— (2005). A Concise Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (North American ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. ISBN 978-0-801-03120-5. OCLC 488237726.
  • ——— (2006). Thiselton on Hermeneutics: Collected Works and New Essays. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-83236-8. OCLC 66392781.
  • ——— (2006). 1 Corinthians: A Shorter Exegetical and Pastoral Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-82682-4. OCLC 71275476.
  • ——— (2007). The Hermeneutics of Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802826817. OCLC 154683042.
  • ——— (2009). Hermeneutics: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-86410-9. OCLC 368048466.
  • ——— (2009). The Living Paul: An Introduction to the Apostle and this Thought. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0-830-83881-3. OCLC 456729547.
  • ——— (2011). 1 and 2 Thessalonians: Through the Centuries. Blackwell Bible commentaries. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-830-83881-3. OCLC 456729547.
  • ——— (2011). Life after Death: a New Approach to the Last Things. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-86665-3. OCLC 723142256.
  • ——— (2013). The Holy Spirit: In Biblical Teaching Through the Centuries and Today. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-86875-6. OCLC 806521937.
  • ——— (2015). The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-87232-6. OCLC 887852055.
  • ——— (2015). Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-802-87272-2. OCLC 907976292.
  • ——— (2015). A Lifetime in the Church and the University. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. ISBN 978-1-4982-0219-0. OCLC 920850428.
  • ——— (2016). Discovering Romans. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0-8028-7409-2. - forthcoming 4 July 2016
  • ——— (2016). A Shorter Guide to the Holy Spirit. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0802873491.
  • ——— (2017). Doubt, Faith and Certainty. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. ISBN 978-0802873538.
  • ——— (2017). Approaching Philosophy of Religion. London: SPCK. ISBN 978-0281076765.

Articles and chapters[edit]

——— (1970). "Parables as Speech-Events". Scottish Journal of Theology. 23: 466.


  • Bartholomew, Craig G. (1996). "Three Horizons: Hermeneutics from the Other End―An Evaluation of Anthony Thiselton's Hermeneutic Proposals". European Journal of Theology. 5 (2): 121–135.
  • "Who's Who (2012 edition, p.1272)". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)


  1. ^ "Chester University profile". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Cranmer Hall - Honorary Fellows". Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Anthony Charles Thiselton". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Cermony One: Professor Anthony Thiselton". Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  5. ^ "The 13 voting members of the commission". The Dailly Telegraph. 17 January 2002. Retrieved 3 June 2021. Canon Prof Anthony Thiselton, a theologian at the University of Nottingham. He is from a conservative, evangelical background.

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