Celebrating Theology Faculty from the University of Nottingham: Richard Bell


Dear Friends and Family,

Today I thought I would introduce you to one of our Biblical Studies faculty members, Richard Bell. Richard’s interests are varied are far reaching, as has been his life and education, see more here. He has done PhDs in physics and  theology. The latter was received from Tübingen, under Peter Stuhlmacher, whose academic pedigree goes back to Rudolph Bultmann.

Richard now teaches a variety of courses from courses on Romans or Paul in general, to courses on Richard Wagner and theology. Richard also has an interest in seeing science and theology come together, which makes sense given his first PhD in physics. Perhaps a bit eccentric, Richard is an excellent and passionate scholar.


  • BELL, R.H., 2013. “But we have the Mind of Christ”: Some Theological and Anthropological Reflections on 1 Corinthians 2:16. In: MALCOLM, MATTHEW R.; PORTER, STANLEY E., ed., Horizons in Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honor of Anthony C. Thiselton Wm B. Eerdmans. 175-97
  • BELL, R.H., 2013. Science and the Bible: Adam and his ‘Fall’ as a Case Study. In: PADDISON, ANGUS; MESSER, NEIL, ed., The Bible: Culture, Community, Society T & T Clark. 31-46
  • 2011. Reading Romans with Arthur Schopenhauer: Some First Steps toward a Theology of Mind Journal for the Study of Paul and his Letters. 1(1), 41-56
  • BELL, R.H., 2010. The Corrupt Mind and the Renewed Mind: Some Qualifications on the Grandeur of Reason from Pauline, Kantian and Schopenhauerian Perspectives. In: CHANDLER, P. and CUNNINGHAM, C., eds., The Grandeur of Reason SCM. 197-217
  • BELL, R.H., 2009. Faith in Christ: Some Exegetical and Theological Reflections on Philippians 3:9 and Ephesians 3:12. In: BIRD, M.F. and SPRINKLE, P.M., eds., The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical, and Theological StudiesHendrickson. 111-125
  • BELL, R.H., 2009. The transfiguration: a case study in the relationship between ‘history’ and ‘theological symbol’ in the light of Pope Benedict’s Book. In: PABST, A. and PADDISON, A., eds., The Pope and Jesus of Nazareth: Christ, scripture and the Church SCM. 159-175
  • BELL, R.H., 2008. Review of D. Novak, Talking with Christians and M. Wyschogrod, Abraham’s Promise International Journal of Systematic Theology. 97-99 (In Press.)
  • BELL, R.H., 2007. Deliver us from evil: Interpreting the redemption from the power of Satan in New Testament theology Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck.
  • BELL, R.H., 2006. Review of M.C. Mattes, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology International Journal of Systematic Theology. 8(2), 237-39
  • BELL, R.H., 2005. The irrevocable call of God: an inquiry into Paul’s theology of Israel Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • BELL, R.H., 2004. ‘Science and Theology’. In: GOLSHANI, M., ed., Can Science dispense with Religion? 3. Tehran : Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies. 37-42
  • BELL, R.H., 2004. Review of Michael Theobald, Studien zum Roemerbrief (Tuebingen: J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) 2001) Journal of Theological Studies. 55, 272-278
  • BELL, R.H., 2004. Review of ‘T. Peters, Science, Theology and Ethics’ 16(2), 54
  • BELL, R.H., 2003. Review of ‘S. von Stemm, Der betende Suender vor Gott’ Journal of Theological Studies. 54(1),212-218
  • BELL, R.H., 2002. Rom 5.18-19 and Universal Salvation New Testament Studies. 48(3), 417-432
  • BELL, R.H., 2002. Sacrifice and Christology in Paul Journal of Theological Studies. 53(1), 1-27
  • BELL, R.H., 2002. The Myth of Adam and the Myth of Christ in Romans 5.12-21. In: CHRISTOPHERSEN, A., CLAUSSEN, C., FREY, J. and LONGENECKER, B., eds., Paul, Luke and the Graeco-Roman World: essays in honour of Alexander J.M. Wedderburn London: Sheffield Academic Press. 21-36
  • BELL, R.H., 2002. Science and Theology. In: GOLSHANI, M., ed., Can Science dispense with Religion? 2nd. Tehran : Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies. 31-36
  • BELL, R.H., 2001. Review of C. Bryan, ‘A Preface to Romans’, (Oxford:OUP 2000) Journal of Theological Studies. 52,812-816
  • BELL, R.H., 2000. Myth, Metaphors and Models: An Enquiry into the Role of the Person as Subject in Natural Science and Theology. In: GREGERSEN, N.H., DREES, W.B. and GÃƑ¶RMAN, U., eds., Studies in Science and Theology: (Yearbook for the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology) 7. Aarhus : University of Aarhus. 115-136
  • BELL, R.H., 2000. Review of C. Landmesser, ‘Wahrheit als Grundbegriff neutestamentlicher Wissenschaft’, Tuebingen: J.C.B. Mohr 1999 Journal of Theological Studies. 51, 631-637
  • BELL, R.H., 1999. Romans 1:18-32 and the Question of Natural Revelation and Natural Theology. In: GREGERSEN, N.H., GöRMAN, U. and WASSERMANN, C., eds., The Interplay between Scientific and Theological Worldviews (Pt. 2): Studies in Science and Theology 6. Geneva : Labor et Fides. 165-174
  • BELL, R.H., 1999. Review of ‘Jan Bonda, The One Purpose of God’ Expository Times. 110(9), 300
  • BELL, R.H., 1998. Review of Kenneth Grayston, The Epistle to the Romans, Epworth Press, (1997), pp.xiv, 130 ISBN 7162 05114 Epworth Review. 25(1),
  • BELL, R.H., 1998. Contributions. In: RYKEN, L., WILHOIT, J.C. and LONGMAN, T., eds., Dictionary of Biblical ImageryDowners Grove, IL : InterVarsity Press.
  • BELL, R.H., 1998. No One Seeks for God: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Romans 1.18-3.20 Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck.
  • BELL, R.H., 1998. Science and Theology. In: GOLSHANI, M., ed., Can Science Dispense with Religion? Tehran : Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies. 13-18
  • BELL, R., 1997. Extra ecclesiam nulla salus? Is there a salvation other than through faith in Christ according to Romans 2.14-16?. In: Evangelium – Schriftauslegung – Kirche: Festschrift fuer Stuhlmacher Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht , Goettingen, Germany. 31-43
  • BELL, R.H., 1997. Ein Treuer Bruder. In: Symposium de Voluntate Dei: Geburtstagsgabe fuer Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Stuhlmacher zum 18 Januar 27-34
  • BELL, R.H., 1996. Review of M Meiser, ‘Paul Althaus als Neutestamentler’ Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok. 61, 153-155
  • BELL, R.H., 1996. Review of A J Guerra, ‘Romans and the Apologetic Tradition’ Journal of Theological Studies. 47,226-230
  • BELL, R. H., 1995. Teshubah: The Idea of Repentance in Ancient Judaism Journal of Progressive Judaism. ISSUE 5,22-52
  • BELL, R. H., 1995. Sin Offerings and Sinning with a High Hand Journal of Progressive Judaism. ISSUE 4, 25
  • BELL,R.H., 1994. Provoked to Jealousy: the Origin and Purpose of the Jealousy Motif in Romans 9-11 Mohr, J.C.B., Verlag, Paul Siebeck, Tuebingen.
  • 1993. Origen, Eusebius, and an oo Verb Journal of Theologial Studies. 44(1), 157-62
  • 1986. Convergence of the Coulomb-Bethe approximation for electron impact excitation of positive ions Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics. 19, L95-97
  • 1985. Dielectronic Recombination: I. General theory Journal of Physics B: Atomic and Molecular Physics. 18, 1589-1629

Richard hasn’t done too many videos in the department’s two main series, but he can be seen rather frequently in the Pauline epistle videos on Bibledex.

Why Study Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

What do Theologians Eat for Breakfast

Make sure you go to Bibledex and see more of Richard in action. Also, if you find him interesting, make sure to check out some of his previous work.


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