Richard B. Hays

Richard B. Hays

George Washington Ivey Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament

External address: 
405 Chapel Drive, 150 Langford Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90968, Durham, NC 27708-0968
(919) 660-3411


Richard B. Hays, Dean and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, is internationally recognized for his work on the letters of Paul and on New Testament ethics. His scholarly work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s Scripture.

His book The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the twentieth century. His most recent books are The Art of Reading Scripture (2003, co-edited with Ellen Davis), The Conversion of the Imagination (2005), Seeking the Identity of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (2008, co-edited with Beverly Roberts Gaventa), and Revelation and the Politics of Apocalyptic Interpretation (2012, co-edited with Stefan Alkier).

Professor Hays has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to London’s Westminster Abbey. Professor Hays has chaired the Pauline Epistles Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, as well as the Seminar on New Testament Ethics in the Society for New Testament Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of several leading scholarly journals. Professor Hays received an honorary doctorate (Dr. theol. honoris causa) from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2009.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Emory University 1981
  • M.Div., Yale University 1977
  • B.A., Yale University 1970

Selected Grants

Field Education Internships awarded by General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2017

Academic Year Field Education Assistant Pastors 2016 awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Field Education Operations 2016 awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016

Summer Field Education Assistant Pastors Program 2016 awarded by Duke Endowment (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2016