Richard B. Hays

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Richard B. Hays
Born (1948-05-04) May 4, 1948 (age 70)
Nationality American
Occupation New Testament scholar
Known for his criticisms of the Jesus Seminar and the modern Historical Jesus movement
Academic background
Education Yale College, Yale Divinity School
Alma mater Emory University (PhD)
Academic work
Discipline Biblical studies
Institutions Duke Divinity School

Richard B. Hays (born May 4, 1948) is an American New Testament scholar who stepped down in October 2015 from his position as dean of Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Hays received his B.A in English literature from Yale College; his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School; and a Ph.D from Emory University.


Hays is considered one of the world's leading New Testament scholars,[1][2] with Stanley Hauerwas writing "There are few people I would rather read for the actual exposition of the New Testament than Richard Hays."[3] Hays' work focuses on New Testament theology and ethics, the Pauline epistles, and early Christian interpretation of the Old Testament.

In the field of New Testament studies, Hays has often been identified with figures such as N.T. Wright[citation needed], Luke Timothy Johnson[citation needed] and Raymond Brown[citation needed]. Some of Professor Hays' studies surround the narrative interpretation of Scripture, the New Testament's use of the Old Testament, the subjective genitive reading of pistis Christou ("faith(fulness) of Christ") in Paul, and the role of community in the New Testament. Hays is well known for his criticisms of the Jesus Seminar and the modern Historical Jesus movement. Hays has also been vocal about his criticisms of Dan Brown's best-selling The Da Vinci Code for its controversial historical claims.

Christianity Today named Hays's book Moral Vision of the New Testament one of the top 100 most important religious books of the 20th century.[4] As a theologically conservative Methodist, he has throughout the course of his career remained committed to his Wesleyan roots in emphasizing the importance of charity and friendship in the Christian life. Moreover, Hays is a committed pacifist. He makes his position clear in The Moral Vision of the New Testament, in which he argues that Jesus Christ taught his disciples to be non-violent.

In 2008, a Festschrift was published in his honor. The Word Leaps the Gap: Essays on Scripture and Theology in Honor of Richard B. Hays included contributions from Stanley Hauerwas, E. P. Sanders, James D. G. Dunn, Francis Watson, N. T. Wright, and Ellen F. Davis.



  • Hays, Richard B. (1989). Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. [5]
  • ——— (1996). The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco. ISBN 978-0-0606-3796-5. OCLC 34409994. [6]
  • ——— (1997). First Corinthians. Interpretation. Louisville, KT: Westminster, John Knox Press. [7]
  • ——— (1998). New Testament Ethics: the story retold. J. J. Thiessen lectures. 1997. Winnipeg, OT: CMBC Publications. ISBN 978-0-9207-1861-2. OCLC 40052874. 
  • ——— (2002). The Faith of Jesus Christ: The Narrative Substructure of Galatians 3:1-4:11 (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 
  • ———; Davis, Ellen F., eds. (2003). The Art of Reading Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. [8]
  • ——— (2005). The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel's Scripture. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. [9]
  • ———; Alkier, Stefan, eds. (2005). Die Bibel im Dialog der Schriften: Konzepte intertextueller Bibellektuere. Tübingen/Basel: Francke. 
  • ———; Gaventa, Beverly Roberts, eds. (2008). Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.  [10]
  • ———; Perrin, Nicholas, eds. (2011). Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological Dialogue with N. T. Wright. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic. ISBN 978-0-830-83897-4. OCLC 666492764. 
  • ——— (2014). Reading Backwards: figural Christology and the fourfold gospel witness. London: SPCK Publishing. ISBN 978-0281074082. 
  • ——— (2016). Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels. Baylor University Press. ISBN 9781481305242. 


  • ——— (1999). "The Conversion of the Imagination: Scripture and Eschatology in 1 Corinthians". New Testament Studies. 45 (1): 391–412. 


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