R. T. France

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Richard Thomas France (2 April 1938 – 10 February 2012) was a New Testament scholar and Anglican cleric.[1][2] He was Principal of Wycliffe Hall Oxford from 1989 to 1995. He also worked for the London School of Theology.


Richard T. (Dick) France was born on 2 April 1938. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford (BA, 1960; MA 1963). He earned his BD at Tyndale Hall, University of London (1963) and his PhD at Tyndale Hall, Bristol (1967). He served pastoral charges in England and Wales from 1995 until his retirement in 1999. He died on 10 February 2012.

He had been a member (since 1989; vice-chairman since 2005) of the Committee on Bible Translation responsible for the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), and for Today’s New International Version (2005).


He was also a coeditor of The New Bible Commentary: 21st-Century Edition. Leicester, UK; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1997.


  1. ^ "Church Times - Obituary: THE REVD DR R. T. FRANCE". Brianminter.co.uk. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Telegraph - Obituary: Canon Dick France". telegraph.co.uk. 2012-04-17. 


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Shaw
Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Succeeded by
Alister McGrath