Bryan D. Spinks

Rev. Bryan D. Spinks
Address265 Church Street
New Haven, CT 6511

Professor of Liturgical Studies, Berkeley Divinity School
Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School, Yale University

B.A., University of Durham, 1970
Dip.Theol., University of Durham, 1971
M.Th., University of London, 1972
B.D., University of Durham, 1979

Professor Spinks teaches courses on marriage liturgy, English Reformation worship traditions, the eucharistic prayer and theology, Christology, and liturgy of the Eastern churches. Research interests include East Syrian rites, Reformed rites, issues in theology and liturgy, and worship in a postmodern age. His current work focuses on sacramental theology and liturgy in England and Scotland, 1689–1790. His most recent publications include Two Faces of Elizabethan Anglican Theology: Sacraments and Salvation in the Thought of William Perkins and Richard Hooker; Mar Nestorius and Mar Theodore the Interpreter: The Forgotten Eucharistic Prayers of East Syria; and Sacraments, Ceremonies, and the Stuart Divines: Sacramental Theology and Liturgy in England and Scotland, 1603-1662. His most recent essays are Baptismal Patterns in Early Syria: Another Reading in Studia Liturgica Diversa, Essays in Honor of Paul F. Bradshaw (Pastoral Press, 2004); Conservation and Innovation in the Sixteenth Century-Reformation Marriage Rites in Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004); and A Note on the Pehitta Psams and Their Use at Ramsa (Evening Prayer) in the East Syrian Tradition in Psalms in Community (2004). He is currently completing a commissioned book entitled Rituals and Theologies of Baptism: Beyond the Jordan. Professor Spinks is co-editor of the Scottish Journal of Theology, a former consultant to the Church of England Liturgical Commission, president emeritus of the Church Service Society of the Church of Scotland, and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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