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Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies

The Burkitt Medal is awarded annually in recognition of special service to Biblical Studies, for Hebrew Bible studies (in odd years) and in New Testament studies (in even years).

The award was established in 1923 following the decision of Professor Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864–1935), elected a Fellow of the Academy in 1905, to strike a number of bronze medals for presentation by the Academy to scholars of Biblical Studies. After his death in 1935 the awards became known as Burkitt Medals. The Medal was first awarded in 1925.


In 2019 eligible nominations must be for special service to Hebrew Bible Studies.

How to nominate

Nominations may only be made by all Fellows of the British Academy. Nominations have now closed. 

Nominating body: Theology and Religious Studies Section 

2018 Winner

Christopher RowlandChristopher Rowland comes from Doncaster and was educated at Doncaster Grammar School (1958-65) and Christ’s College, Cambridge (1969-74) He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the origins of Jewish mysticism and its impact on Christian origins and the understanding of apocalypticism (1975). His first university appointment was as Lecturer in Religious Studies (at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1974-1979). This was followed by a period as Fellow and Dean of Jesus College, Cambridge (1979 –1991) and University Lecturer in Divinity, University of Cambridge  (1983 –1991). He was Dean Ireland Professor for the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford (1991-2014) and Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford. His research and writing has been concerned with the nature and history of apocalypticism. His study of the history of the interpretation of Revelation led to studies on William Blake’s engagement with the Bible. He has a long-standing interest in Latin American liberation theology and was for a decade chair of Christian Aid’s Latin American and Caribbean Committee and a member of its board of trustees (1984-1995). This led to research and writing on the hermeneutics of popular reading of the Bible in Brazil and its historical antecedents. He was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by Liverpool Hope University in recognition of his work with priests and people in this country, especially in Liverpool, and in Latin America.  He is married to Catherine, and they have four children.

"I was delighted to be linked with F.C.Burkitt who wrote a very generous tribute to a German colleague for his advocacy of the importance of apocalypticism and eschatology for the New Testament in the middle of the First World War."

Previous Winners

2017  Professor Takamitsu Muraoka, University of Leiden

2016  Professor Dr Dr h.c. Barbara Aland, University of Münster

2015  Professor David J A Clines, University of Sheffield

2014  Professor N Thomas Wright, University of St Andrews 

2013  Professor Ronald Ernest Clements DD, King's College London

2012  Professor Christopher Tuckett, University of Oxford

2011  Professor Andrew Mayes, formerly Erasmus Smith Professor of Hebrew, Trinity College, Dublin

2010  Professor Ulrich Luz, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Bern

2009  Revd Professor Ernest Nicholson FBA, formerly Provost of Oriel College, Oxford

2008  Professor Richard Bauckham, FBA, FRSE, Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor, University of St Andrews

2007  Professor Jan Alberto Soggin

2006  Professor Graham Stanton

2005  Revd Professor Pierre-Maurice Bogaert, OSB

2004  Professor Morna D Hooker

2003  Professor Bertil Albrektson

2002  Professor Gerd Theissen

2001  Professor Rudolf Smend, FBA