John Bowden


John Stephen Bowden (1935–2010) was an English Anglican cleric, theologian and publisher. He was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, and was educated in St Paul's School, London, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

He translated a number of theological works, including Martin Noth's Exodus, Aloys Grillmeier's Christ in Christian Tradition, Martin Hengel's Judaism and Hellenism (1975), and Henning Graf Reventlow's The Authority of the Bible and the Rise of the Modern World (1985). He won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize twice, for the Hengel and Graf Reventlow translations. In total, he translated more than 200 books. He also wrote a number of books himself.

He ran the religious publisher SCM Press, which published works by leading continental theologians such as Martin Hengel, Gerd Theissen, Edward Schillebeeckx, Hans Küng, and Jürgen Moltmann.

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