Richard Hays

Dean, Divinity School

Richard Hays, the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School, was appointed dean of Duke Divinity School in February 2012. He assumed that role on an interim basis in August 2010.

Hays came to Duke in 1991 from the faculty of the Yale Divinity School, where he earlier received the M.Div. degree. He earned a Ph.D. at Emory University.


Hays is an internationally recognized scholar of the letters of Paul and of New Testament ethics. His work has bridged the disciplines of biblical criticism and literary studies, exploring the innovative ways in which early Christian writers interpreted Israel’s scripture.


His book, “The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation”, was selected by Christianity Today as one of the 100 most important religious books of the 20th century. An ordained United Methodist Church minister, Hays has lectured widely in North America, Europe, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.