The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament, emeritus, Editor of the Sewanee Theological Review

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Bryan

Christopher Bryan was born in London, England, the only son of William Joseph Bryan, a British soldier, and Amy May Bryan. He spent his childhood and early adolescence in London, a period that included the whole of World War II. He still retains vivid memories of the outbreak of war in September 1939, the London Blitz (1940-1941), and subsequent events such as the dropping of the first atomic bomb.

He received primary education at Saint Michael’s (Church of England) School on Star Street, near the Edgeware Road, and then attended Saint Marylebone Grammar School from 1946 to 1954. He was awarded a Woodward Scholarship by Wadham College, Oxford, in 1954, and went on to graduate from there successively in the Honour Schools of English Language and Literature (1957) and Theology (1959). During this time C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien were major influences on him.  

Bryan’s studies continued at Ripon Hall Theological College in Oxford. He was ordained to the diaconate in Southwark Cathedral on Trinity Sunday 1960, and to the priesthood on Trinity Sunday 1961. In 1972, he married Wendy Elizabeth Smith, only daughter of Jack Egbert Smith and Joan Dickinson Smith. They have subsequently lived in Virginia, London, Exeter, and Sewanee, Tennessee, where in 2000 he was appointed C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament at the University of the South.  Now in “semi-retirement,” Bryan continues to write, to teach, and to serve the church as a priest in local southern Tennessee parishes.

Bryan is the author of numerous publications including A Preface to Mark: Notes on the Gospel in Its Literary and Cultural Settings, Oxford University Press, 1993; A Preface to Romans: Notes on the Epistle in Its Literary and Cultural Setting, Oxford University Press, 2000; And God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible for the Church Today; Rowman & Littlefield, 2002; Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower, Oxford University Press, 2005; and the Resurrection of the Messiah, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Bryan CV


Articles by Christopher Bryan:

C. S. Lewis and the Bible


Left Behind and All That

The Canon of Holy Scripture: An Anglican Note

Fiction by Christopher Bryan:

Siding Star