Bio

J. RICHARD MIDDLETON

J. Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. He also serves as adjunct Professor of Theology at Roberts Wesleyan College and adjunct Professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica.

He has been President of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (2011–2014) and President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (2019–2021).

Middleton has a Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, in a joint-degree program with the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. His other degrees include: M.A. in Philosophy, University of Guelph (Canada), and B.Th., Jamaica Theological Seminary. He has done additional graduate studies in the Old Testament at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, and in religious studies and philosophy at Syracuse University.

While in Canada he coauthored (with Brian Walsh) The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview (IVP Academic1984) and Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (IVP Academic/SPCK, 1995). The former book has been published in Korean, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The latter book received a Book-of-the-Year award (1996) from Christianity Today magazine and has been published in Korean.

His most recent book is Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, the Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God (Baker Academic, 2021).

He has authored The Liberating Image: The Imago Dei in Genesis 1 (Brazos Press, 2005), which is translated into Korean, and A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Baker Academic, 2014), which won the 2014 Word Guild Award — Biblical Studies Category. It has been translated into Korean and Spanish.

He has co-edited two volumes of essays, A Kairos Moment for Caribbean Theology (Pickwick, 2013) and Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis (Pickwick, 2020).

His next projects are three projected volumes: Portrait of a Disgruntled Prophet: Samuel’s Resistance to God and the Undoing of Saul (to be published by Eerdmans), Life and Death in the Garden of Eden: A Theological Reading of Genesis 2–3 (to be published by Cascade), and 1 Samuel (in the Cascade Companions series).

Before beginning at Northeastern Seminary in 2011, Middleton taught at Roberts Wesleyan College for ten years, and before that at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester, NY), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON), and the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto, ON). He has also served as campus minister at two universities in Canada (the University of Guelph and Brock University) and two in the United States (Syracuse University and the University of Rochester).

Richard is married to Marcia, his teenage sweetheart, and they have two sons, Andrew and Kevin. Due to their mixed cultural and national heritage, they consider themselves “Jamericadians.”