Harold W. Attridge

Harold W. Attridge

Sterling Professor of Divinity

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Denomination: Roman Catholic

Professor Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals. He has edited twelve books, most recently, with Dale Martin and Jurgen Zangenberg, Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee; and The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Professor Attridge is the general editor of the HarperCollins Study Bible Revised Edition (2006). He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, Novum Testamentum, and the Hermeneia commentary series. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as president of the society in 2001. Professor Attridge is a fellow of Saybrook College.


Hebrews, then, displays a dialogical use of psalmody that, by giving a dramatic voice to Jesus also offers a model for Christian liturgical life, a model that says, in effect, that in the psalms his followers will find their relationship to God.

From "Giving Voice to Jesus" p. 110 in Psalms in Community: Jewish and Christian Textual, Liturgical, and Artistic Traditions (2003)


A.B Boston College
B.A., M.A. Cambridge University, Marshall Scholar
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D. Harvard University
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University


  1. The Acts of Thomas (Polebridge Press, 2010)
  2. The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does it Continue? (Yale University Press, 2009)
  3. Presidential Voices: The Society of Biblical Literature in the Twentieth Century, co-ed. (Atlanta: SBL; Leiden: Brill, 2006)
  4. Harper Collins Study Bible, Rev. ed. (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006)
  5. (with Sarah Illes Johnston, et al.) Religions of the Ancient World (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004)
  6. Psalms in Community, co-ed. (Atlanta: SBL; Leiden: Brill, 2003)
  7. Eusebius, Early Christianity and Judaism (Yamamoto Shoten and Wayne State University Press, 1992)
  8. Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews (Hermeneia Commentary Series; Fortress, 1989)
  9. Philo of Byblos, The Phoenician History (with R. Oden; Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 9; Washington: Catholic Biblical Association, 1981)
  10. First-century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus (Harvard Theological Studies 29; Scholars, 1976)
  11. The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus (Harvard Dissertations in Religion 7; Missoula: Scholars, 1976)
  12. Nag Hammadi Codex I  (The Jung Codex) (Nag Hammadi Studies 22, 23; Leiden: Brill, 1985). Volume editor and contributor (Gospel of Truth, with George MacRae, and the Tripartite Tractate, with Elaine Pagels)
  13. 13.  The Syrian Goddess (De Dea Syria) attributed to Lucian  (with R. Oden; SBL Texts and Translations 9; Missoula: Scholars, 1976)
  14. The Testament of Job (with R. A. Kraft, et al.; SBL Texts and Translations 5; Missoula: Scholars, 1974)