Henry Wansbrough

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Henry Wansbrough
Wansbrough in 2010
Joseph Wansbrough

(1934-10-09) 9 October 1934 (age 89)
London, England
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Roman Catholic)
ChurchLatin Church
Ordained1964 (priest)[1]
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Notable works

Henry Wansbrough OSB (born Joseph Wansbrough, 1934) is an English biblical scholar, Catholic priest, and monk of Ampleforth Abbey. From 1990 to 2004, he served as Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford.


Born as Joseph Wansbrough on 9 October 1934[2] in London, England,[1] Henry 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),[3] 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 of Oxford.

While studying at the University of Oxford he was examined by novelist C.S. Lewis.[4]

He was an early advocate for the acceptance of Protestant scholars, persuading the editors of the Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture to remove asterisks highlighting the contributions of Protestant scholars in the second edition, arguing that “we can learn from one another”.[4]

He was General Editor of the New Jerusalem Bible and the Revised New Jerusalem Bible.[5] 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"[6] 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, working as a religious studies teacher at Ampleforth College where he stays active by riding his scooter around the school.[4][7] He also works as a house chaplain at St Oswald's boarding house.

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  1. ^ a b Gilmore, Alec (2000). Dictionary of the English Bible and Its Origins. Sheffield, England: Sheffield Academic Press. p. 179. ISBN 978-1-84127-068-5.
  2. ^ "Wansbrough, Henry, 1934-". Library of Congress Authorities. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  3. ^ Profile of Dom Henry Wansbrough
  4. ^ a b c "One of the Most Important Catholic Biblical Scholars You've Never Heard Of". Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  5. ^ The Revised New Jerusalem Bible
  6. ^ "Wednesday Word". Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  7. ^ Singh, Anita (19 November 2017). "Ampleforth Abbey upgrades its monks' accommodation with en suite cells". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 28 January 2021.

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Academic offices
Preceded by Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford
Succeeded by