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The Reverend Dr Philip Jenson
Role at Ridley:
Lecturer in Old Testament & Biblical Theology
Coordinator for Sabbatical Visitors
Philip teaches Old Testament at Ridley and in the Cambridge federation. He loves the different perspective it brings to all kinds of issues and ways of living, and a chief delight is helping others discover its depths and riches. This often means overcoming prejudices and communicating fresh and creative ways about how the Bible can come to life today. He is secretary of the Grove Biblical Series and has written several booklets that are designed to help people grapple with difficult texts.
What I most value about Ridley is the way in which studying, worshiping and living together helps us grow into the fullness of Christ, especially as we learn more about our strengths and weaknesses, our dreams and our fears.
Philip came to faith around the time he went to University. He eventually realized that studying Chemistry was not his key passion, so after a brief stint as a computer programmer, he came to Ridley as an ordinand. He has always found himself asking the hard questions, so finding the Tripos didn’t answer them all, he took a year out in New York to study that part of the Bible that raises the hardest questions, the Old Testament. This led not only to meeting his future wife, but also a decision that the notoriously challenging priestly writings in Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers deserved a little further study in the form of a doctorate. Finally finishing Ridley seven years after he began (a record?) he became a curate. He was then appointed to teach Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. Sixteen years later he returned to Ridley as Old Testament lecturer.
Philip is married to Ruth, who is also the afternoon receptionist at Ridley. They have three musical daughters. He enjoys playing tennis and occasionally finds an opportunity to play his bassoon.