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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 202o eligible nominations must be for special service to New Testament Studies.

How to nominate

Nominations may only be made by all Fellows of the British Academy and are currently closed. 

Nominating body: Theology and Religious Studies Section 

2019 Winner (Hebrew Bible Studies)

Prize winnerProfessor John J. Collins for his contribution to Old Testament Studies and Second Temple Judaism

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. His most recent books are The Invention of Judaism. Torah and Jewish Identity from Deuteronomy to Paul (University of California, 2017); The Dead Sea Scrolls. A Biography (paperback ed.; Princeton, 2019), and What Are Biblical Values? (Yale, 2019). He is co-editor of the Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism and the Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is general editor of the Anchor Yale Bible and Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. He holds honorary doctorates from University College Dublin, and the University of Zurich.

"I am deeply honored to be associated with the long line of Burkitt Medal recipients, from R. H. Charles to Christopher Rowland, and grateful to my friends in the British Academy who thought to nominate me." -  John J. Collins, August 2019

Previous Winners

2018  Professor Christopher Rowland, University of Oxford

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