NT Wright (b.1948), who prepared for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, is one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, and a world authority on the apostle Paul. Wright is the author of over 80 academic and lay-level books such as Surprised by Hope, The Day The Revolution Began and Paul: A Biography (writing under the name Tom Wright for a general audience). Wright is ordained in the Church of England and, among other roles, served as Bishop of Durham between 2003 - 2010. Since 2010, NT Wright has been Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is much in demand as a lecturer around the world and author of the bestselling For Everyone commentary series and the New Testament For Everyone Bible translation. In 2018, Wright delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures, soon to be published as History and Eschatology: Jesus and the Promise of Natural Theology, entitled Discerning the Dawn: History, Eschatology and New Creation.
NT Wright was educated at Sedbergh School, then in Yorkshire, where he specialised in Classics.
From 1968 to 1971, he studied Literae Humaniores at Exeter College, Oxford, receiving his BA with First Class Honours in 1971.
During that time, he was president of the undergraduate Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He won a half-blue for Rugby Fives, and represented Exeter College in Rugby, Squash and Rowing
From 1971 to 1973, he studied for the Anglican ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, receiving his (Oxford) MA in 1975 at the end of this period.
In 1975, he became a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford and later also junior chaplain. From 1978 to 1981, he was Fellow and Chaplain at Downing College, Cambridge. In 1981, he received his DPhil from Merton College, Oxford, for his thesis, “The Messiah and the People of God: A Study in Pauline Theology with Particular Reference to the Argument of the Epistle to the Romans”.
After this, he served as Assistant Professor of New Testament Studies at McGill University, Montreal (1981–1986), then as Chaplain, Fellow and Tutor at Worcester College and lecturer in New Testament in the University of Oxford (1986–1993).
He moved from Oxford to be Dean of Lichfield (1994–1999) and then returned briefly to Oxford as Senior Research Fellow of Merton College, before taking up his appointment as Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey in 2000.
In 2003, he became the Bishop of Durham.
In August 2010, he was appointed Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which enabled him to concentrate on his academic and broadcasting work.