Fr Prof. John Behr

Sessional Lecturer in Patristics and Theology

BA, MPhil, PhD


Fr John is a British Eastern Orthodox priest and patristics scholar. Having studied under Bishop Kallistos Ware, he earned an MPhil and Ph.D. in theology from the University of Oxford. In 2020 he was appointed to the Regius Chair in Humanity at the University of Aberdeen, having taught at St Vladimir’s Seminary since 1995, serving there as Dean from 2007–17. A prolific writer, he has authored a number of books on theology and patristics; his latest publications include a new critical edition and translation of Origen’s On First Principles (OUP, 2017), and John the Theologian and His Paschal Gospel: A Prologue to Theology (OUP 2019). Fr John is a sessional lecturer at SAC and lectures on “The School of Alexandria”, “Sacred Texts from the Second Century” and “Gregory the Theologian”.


  • BA – Thames Polytechnic
  • MPhil – University of Oxford
  • PhD – University of Oxford

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