J. RICHARD MIDDLETON
Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern
J. Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and
Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, located on the campus of Roberts
Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. He also serves as adjunct
Professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of
Theology in Kingston, Jamaica. He has been president of the
Canadian Evangelical Theological Association since 2011.
A native of Jamaica, Middleton moved to Canada for graduate
studies, before settling in the United States. While in Canada he
coauthored (with Brian Walsh) The Transforming Vision
(InterVarsity Press, 1984) and Truth is Stranger Than It Used
to Be (InterVarsity Press/SPCK, 1995). The former book has
been published in Korean, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and
Portuguese. The latter book received a Book-of-the-Year award
(1996) from Christianity Today magazine and has been
published in Korean.
He holds a B.Th. from Jamaica Theological Seminary, an M.A. in
Philosophy from the University of Guelph (Canada), and a Ph.D. in
Theology from the Free University in Amsterdam.
authored The Liberating Image (Brazos Press, 2005), which
has been translated into Korean, and a co-edited volume of essays
entitled A Kairos Moment for Caribbean Theology has been
published by Pickwick/Wipf & Stock (2013). His new book on
eschatology, entitled A New Heaven and a New Earth, is
forthcoming from Baker Academic, and he is working on 1 and 2
Samuel for the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series.
Published essays include topics such as biblical creation
theology, salvation in the Old Testament, eschatology, the problem
of evil, the theology of popular music, and the interpretation of
specific Old Testament texts (in Samuel and the Psalms). His essay
"Let's Put Herod Back into Christmas" was awarded the Canadian
Church Press prize for best theological reflection (1993) and
another essay, "Why the 'Greater Good' Isn't a Defense: Classical
Theodicy in Light of the Biblical Genre of Lament," received the
annual Fall essay award of the Princeton Graduate Theological Forum
Before beginning at Northeastern Seminary in 2011, Middleton
taught at Roberts Wesleyan College for ten years, and before that
at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester, N.Y.),
Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON), and the Institute for
Christian Studies (Toronto, ON). He has also served as campus
minister at two universities in Canada (the University of Guelph
and Brock University) and two in the United States (Syracuse
University and the University of Rochester).
Richard is married to Marcia, his teenage sweetheart, and they
have two sons, Andrew and Kevin. Due to their mixed cultural and
national heritage, they consider themselves "Jamericadians."