The Reverend Christopher Bryan, Ph.D.

Editor of the Sewanee Theological Review
B.A., Wadham College, Oxford; M.A. Wadham College, Oxford; Ph.D., Exeter University; D.D., The University of the South


The Reverend Dr. Christopher Bryan, PH.D, D.D., was appointed editor of the Sewanee Theological Review in September 1990. Until his retirement in 2008 he was also C. K. Benedict Professor of New Testament and Priest Associate of All Saints’ Chapel.

His relationship with Sewanee and the School of Theology began in 1983 when he was appointed associate professor of New Testament. He was subsequently appointed to a chair, and continued to teach New Testament until his retirement from full time teaching in 2008. During these years he also taught at various times in the Bahamas, Canada, Great Britain, Haiti, Israel, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States.

Now in semi-retirement Bryan continues to write vigorously and to serve the church as a priest in a variety of parish settings.

Bryan is a sometime Woodward Scholar of Wadham College, Oxford, and a graduate of Wadham in both the Honours School of English Language and Literature, and the Honours School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Exeter. In 2006 he was the recipient of a Festschrift, Biblical Imagination: Scripture and the Life of Faith. Essays in Honor of Christopher Bryan, edited by the Ellen Bradshaw Aitken. In 2012 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of the South.

Bryan is the author of numerous books and essays in the field of New Testament, including Listening to the Bible, The Resurrection of the Messiah, and the popular And God Spoke: The Authority of the Bible in the Church Today. He has also published six novels, including Siding Star (named to Kirkus Reviews “Best Books of 2013”), and most recently, Black Ops