Richard Horsley

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Liberal Arts and Study of Religion
University of Massachusetts Boston
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Richard Horsley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Liberal Arts and Religion.

Dr. Horsley retired in 2007 after teaching for many years with the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has been recognized for his contributions to publications in the field of liberal arts and the study of religion. He is the author of over 25 books, editor of a dozen titles, and author of hundreds of award-winning articles. Dr. Horsley is well known for his perspective on the historical Jesus and his role as a social figure. “…God was imminently and presently effecting a historical transformation. In modern parlance that would be labeled a ‘revolution,’” he writes.

In his study of the historical Jesus, Dr. Horsley has explored the topics of the Jewish resistance in Roman Palestine, Jesus in a sociological context, and the background of Galilee in history, politics, and people. More recently, Dr. Horsley wrote about the politics in Mark’s Gospel. He is the author of “Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs” and other books. For his most recent book, “Jesus and the Politics of Roman Palestine,” Dr. Horsley received numerous testimonials for his perspective and interpretations from Adela Yarbro Collins at the Yale Divinity School, Stephen J. Patterson at Willamette University, and James H. Charlesworth, director of the Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Horsley is also the proud father of Katherine and Sarah, and the grandfather of Elizabeth, Aeron, Rishi, and Jacob George. He has also contributed as an author and editor to professional journals, and was published by the University of South Carolina Press. An alumnus of Harvard University, Dr. Horsley received a doctorate in 1970, and has taught at Wesleyan University before arriving at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

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