Henry Wansbrough

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Dom Henry Wansbrough

Personal details
Birth nameJoseph Henry Wansbrough
Born (1934-10-09) 9 October 1934 (age 84)
DenominationRoman Catholic
ResidenceAmpleforth Abbey, England
ProfessionBiblical scholar, Monk
Alma materUniversity of Oxford, University of Fribourg

Dom Henry Wansbrough, OSB ( Joseph Wansbrough; born 9 October 1934[1]) is a British biblical scholar, Roman Catholic priest, and a monk of Ampleforth Abbey, England. From 1990 to 2004, he served as Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford.


Wansbrough is Cathedral Prior of Norwich (2004–present), Magister Scholarum of the English Benedictine Congregation (2001–present), Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1997–2007),[2] Chairman of the Trustees of the Catholic Biblical Association (1996–present), and Emeritus Member of the Faculty of Theology in the University of Oxford (1990–present). He is Alexander Jones Professor of Biblical Studies within the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious studies at Liverpool Hope University. From 1990 until 2004 he was Master of St Benet's Hall, the Benedictine Permanent Private Hall of the University.

He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and the Revised New Jerusalem Bible.[3] He has written twenty books, more than sixty articles, around ninety book reviews, an edition of the Synoptic Gospels, with an accompanying textbook, for 'A'-Level students, and more than fifty electronic booklets, essays, and lectures, as well as editing, co-editing, and translating other volumes.

He produces the "Wednesday Word" a not-for-profit collaborative Charitable Trust based at St Austin’s Catholic Church, Wakefield, West Yorkshire which aims to spread the Sunday Gospel to families through primary schools and enriching the Home, School & Parish partnership.

He currently resides at Ampleforth Abbey Monastery, working as a Religious Studies teacher at Ampleforth College where he stays active by riding his notorious scooter around the school. He also works as a house Chaplin at St Oswald’s boarding house.


  1. ^ "Wansbrough, Henry, 1934-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ Profile of Dom Henry Wansbrough
  3. ^ The Revised New Jerusalem Bible

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Fabian Cowper
Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford
Succeeded by
Leo Chamberlain