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
Christopher 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."
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