Michael B. Thompson

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The Reverend Dr Michael B. Thompson

Roles at Ridley:

Associate Principal
Lecturer in New Testament

Mike came to faith in his first year of university, and his fascination with the Greek New Testament goes back to those days. For many years he has taught a wide range of subjects at Ridley, including introductory classes on the New Testament and Greek, exegesis of Romans, 1 Corinthians and the Thessalonian letters, intermediate Greek and Biblical Interpretation, as well as leading sermon classes and giving other occasional lectures. He has supervised and examined theses, often supervises for the Tripos and is a regular participant in the University of Cambridge Senior New Testament Seminar.

Ridley is a place of beauty, joy and thoughtful, generous and biblical faith where people learn to grow in grace and obedience to Jesus Christ. We are evangelical in our heritage and direction, ecumenical in our partnership with the Cambridge Theological Federation and open to the Spirit in our commitment to discipleship and to fulfilling the Great Commission.

Michael B. Thompson

Transforming GraceMike has a passion for grace, clarity, preaching good news, and making real connections between the New Testament and life today. He lives onsite at Ridley with his wife Susanne, and they delight in being part of the College’s community life. He chairs the editorial group for the Grove Biblical Series, and was until recently the editor of Biblical Studies Bulletin.

Mike loves music and laughter. A wrinkly rock and roller, he has several acoustic and electric guitars. He enjoys performing with students in College and in local pubs as part of ‘Deacons’ Blues’, an ongoing band he formed in his first year at Ridley. He has also sung in the Ridley Gospel Choir since its inception.


Personal Background

Michael ThompsonMike was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. A summer experience in Poland working within a Roman Catholic renewal movement brought him back to his liturgical roots. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church and served in a large parish before coming to the UK in 1983 for doctoral study at Cambridge.

He went on to teach for seven years at St John’s College, Nottingham, before coming to Ridley in 1995.

Mike is married to Susanne (who manages the office for Grove Books Ltd), and they have two grown children.




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Transforming Grace: A Study of 2 Corinthians
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Research Interests

Mike’s original research at Cambridge focussed on the influence of Jesus’ example and teachings on the Apostle Paul; that continuity remains an important area of interest for him. Other interests include early New Testament history, Paul and the Law, and metaphors for belonging in Paul’s pastoral strategy.

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