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R. T. France

Richard Thomas France (2 April 1938 – 10 February 2012) was a New Testament scholar and Anglican cleric.[1][2] He was Principal of Wycliffe Hall Oxford from 1989 to 1995. He also worked for the London School of Theology.


Richard T. (Dick) France was born on 2 April 1938. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford (BA, 1960; MA 1963). He earned his BD at Tyndale Hall, University of London (1963) and his PhD at Tyndale Hall, Bristol (1967). He served pastoral charges in England and Wales from 1995 until his retirement in 1999. He died on 10 February 2012.

He had been a member (since 1989; vice-chairman since 2005) of the Committee on Bible Translation responsible for the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), and for Today’s New International Version (2005).


  • "Henry Martyn" in Five Pioneer Missionaries. London: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965. [Award-winning competition entry published in a collection of biographies.]
  • Divine Government: The Kingship of God in the Gospel of Mark. London: SPCK, 1990. ISBN 0-281-04471-6 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; Sydney: ANZEA; republ. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2003. ISBN 1-57383-244-8 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • The Evidence for Jesus. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1986. ISBN 0-340-38172-8 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1986. ISBN 0-87784-986-2 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • The Gospel According to Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary. Leicester, UK: Inter-Varsity Press; Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985 (1987 printing). ISBN 0-8028-0063-7 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]
  • The Gospel of Mark, 1st ed. Doubleday Bible Commentary series. New York: Doubleday, 1998. ISBN 0-385-49017-8 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • The Gospel of Mark: A Commentary on the Greek Text. New International Greek Testament Commentary series. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans; Carlisle, Paternoster, 2002. ISBN 0-8028-2446-3 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • The Gospel of Matthew. The New International Commentary on the New Testament series. Grand Rapids; Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2007. ISBN 0-8028-2501-X [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • I Came to Set the Earth on Fire: a Portrait of Jesus. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1975. ISBN 0-87784-642-1 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Jesus and the Old Testament: His Application of Old Testament Passages to Himself and His Mission, 1st ed. London: Tyndale, 1971. ISBN 0-85111-727-9 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; [Downers Grove, IL:] Inter-Varsity Press, 1971. ISBN 0-87784-954-4 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; repub. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1982. ISBN 0-8010-3508-2 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-57383-006-2 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • The living God. London: Inter-Varsity Press, 1970. ISBN 0-87784-697-9 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Luke. Teach the Text Commentary Series, 2013. ISBN 978-0-8010-9235-0 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]
  • Mark. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, [2007]. ISBN 978-1-59856-186-9 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK], ISBN 1-59856-186-3 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary. The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries, vol. 1. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8308-2980-4 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK], ISBN 978-0-85111-870-3 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher. Exeter, UK: Paternoster, 1989. ISBN 1-59244-936-0 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, [1998]. ISBN 1-59244-936-0 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Timothy, Titus, and Hebrews [by Dick (R.T.) France]. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, [2007]. ISBN 978-1-59856-195-1 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK], ISBN 1-59856-195-2 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK].
  • Women in the Church’s Ministry: a Test-case for Biblical Interpretation[aka Hermeneutics]. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997. ISBN 0-8028-4172-4 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]; Originally published: Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1995.

He was also a coeditor of The New Bible Commentary: 21st-Century Edition. Leicester, UK; Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1997.


  1. ^ "Church Times - Obituary: THE REVD DR R. T. FRANCE". 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  2. ^ "Telegraph - Obituary: Canon Dick France". 2012-04-17.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Shaw
Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Succeeded by
Alister McGrath