John Behr

Rev. John Behr
Address575 Scarsdale Road
Crestwood, NY 10707

Dean, Professor in Patristics, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

B.A., Thames Polytechnic, London, 1987
M.Phil., Oxford University, 1991
D.Phil. in Theology, Oxford University, 1995
M.Th., 1997,

Fr John Behr teaches courses in patristics, dogmatics and scriptural exegesis at the seminary. After completing a degree in Philosophy in London in 1987, he spent a year studying in Greece. He finished an M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University, under Bishop Kallistos (Ware), who subsequently supervised his doctoral work, which was examined by Andrew Louth and Rowan Williams, now Archbishop of Canterbury. While finishing his studies, he was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer at St Vladimir’s Seminary in 1993, where he has been a permanent faculty member since 1995, tenured in 2000, and ordained in 2001. He is the currently the editor of St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly and the Popular Patristics Series, the faculty supervisor for the Inter-Seminary Dialogue, and, as “resident alien,” the advisor for foreign students at the Seminary. His particular interests lie in the early church, especially the development of theological reflection, asceticism and anthropology, areas in which he has published a number of books. His other passion is cycling: the Tour de France dominates the Behr family life during July, dictating annual upgrades in cable subscription and the scheduling of important family events. Fr John’s wife, also a Tour de France enthusiast, teaches English at a nearby college, and their two sons and daughter are being taught to appreciate the finer points of French culture: cycle racing and cheese.

Areas of Interest

The Early church, especially the Development of Theological reflection, asceticism and anthropology

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