Richard B. Hays
Casady Alumni Achievement 2011George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Dean of the Divinity SchoolDuke University
Richard B. Hays is an internationally recognized scholar whose work has focused on the letters of the Apostle Paul and on New Testament ethics. His 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 20th century. He has written a number of other influential books and has lectured in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.
"I'm grateful for tough teachers like Mrs. (Margaret) Tuck and Mr. (Earl) Hiller who did not suffer fools gladly and would not tolerate sloppiness of any kind. They taught me that precision matters in language or in mathematics and that it is possible to turn in a book report with no errors of spelling or punctuation. More, they taught me that there is a direct correlation between disciplined attention to detail and the formation of character," said Richard.
Richard spent his undergraduate years at Yale University where he majored in English literature. He earned a Ph.D. at Emory University in Atlanta and a Master of Divinity degree at Yale Divinity School, where he served on the faculty until he joined the Duke faculty in 1991. He was appointed as Dean of Duke Divinity School in 2010. An ordained United Methodist minister, Richards has preached in settings ranging from rural Oklahoma churches to Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.