Gerald Bray

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Gerald Bray lecturing on the history of Biblical Interpretation at the Presbyterian Theological College

Gerald Lewis Bray (born Montreal, Canada, 16 November 1948)[1] is a British theologian, church historian and ordained priest in the Church of England.



Bray holds a B.A. McGill University and a MLitt and DLitt University of Paris-Sorbonne.[2] He was librarian of Tyndale House, Cambridge from 1975 to 1978, when he was ordained in the Church of England and served in the parish of St Cedd, Canning Town (Diocese of Chelmsford) until 1980. From 1980 to 1992 he taught church history and doctrine at Oak Hill Theological College in London. From 1993 to 2006 he taught at Beeson Divinity School, where he is now a research professor.[2] He is now also Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology at Knox Theological Seminary.[3] He is the director of research at the Latimer Trust at Oak Hill Theological College in London.[4]


Bray's book, Biblical Interpretation: Past and Present was one of Christianity Today's books of the year in 1997.[5]

He has written extensively on the history of the canon law of the Church of England, publishing two major works on the subject, The Anglican Canons 1529-1947 and Tudor Church Reform, both of which were sponsored by the Church of England Record Society. He also edited the Convocation records of the Churches of England and Ireland from the middle ages to the nineteenth century. Bray is also the editor of the Churchman academic journal.[6]

His most important recent book is God is Love, a Biblical and Systematic Theology, published by Crossway (2012).