C. K. Barrett’s scholarship helped change the face of New Testament scholarship in the twentieth century. Barrett was a committed Methodist minister. Throughout his scholarly career, he never let his work get in the way of his pastoral calling. This deep commitment to pastoral care shows throughout Barrett’s work. Barrett is very careful to clothe his rigorous scholarship in language that is accessible and meaningful. For this reason, though he was critical of many other Christian traditions, he has earned a wide readership outside of his own denomination.
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Charles Kingsley Barrett (1917–2011) was emeritus professor of divinity at the University of Durham in England, and a determined Methodist. His work is held in very high regard and is featured prominently in many contemporary publications.
C. K. Barrett first studied at Shebbear College but soon transferred to Pembroke College to study theology. He then trained for the Methodist ministry at Wesley House in Cambridge. In 1945, he was appointed lecturer in divinity at the University of Durham, where he was elected professor in 1958.