Charles Cranfield

Charles Ernest Burland Cranfield
Born(1915-09-13)13 September 1915
Winchmore Hill, North London
Died27 February 2015(2015-02-27) (aged 99)
Durham, UK
OccupationTheologian, academic, and Christian minister
Board member ofFellow of the British Academy
Spouse(s)Ruth Bole
AwardsBurkitt Medal for Biblical Studies
Academic background
EducationMill Hill School, Jesus College, Cambridge, Wesley House
Academic work
DisciplineBiblical studies
Sub-disciplineNew Testament studies
InstitutionsUniversity of Durham
Notable worksCommentary on Romans

Charles Ernest Burland Cranfield, FBA (13 September 1915, North London – 27 February 2015 Durham, UK) was a British theologian, academic, and Christian minister. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1941, served as a military chaplain during the Second World War, and then worked with prisoners-of-war and as a parish minister during the post-war period. He moved into academia and was appointment a lecturer in theology at the University of Durham in 1950. He was awarded a personal chair as Professor of Theology in 1978, and maintained his links with the university as Emeritus Professor from his retirement in 1980. He moved away from Methodism and became a minister in the Presbyterian Church of England (which later became the United Reformed Church) in 1954.[1][2][3][4][5]


In 1982, Cranfield was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.[5] He was awarded the 1989 Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy.[6]


  • Cranfield, Charles E. B. (1950). The First Epistle of Peter. London: SCM Press. OCLC 3087616.
  • ——— (1959). The Gospel according to Saint Mark: an introduction and commentary. Cambridge Greek testament commentary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. OCLC 378578.
  • ——— (1960). I & II Peter and Jude: introduction and commentary. Torch Bible commentaries. London: SCM Press. OCLC 635843.
  • ——— (1962). The Christian's Political Responsibility According to the New Testament. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd. OCLC 603616627.
  • ——— (1965). The Service of God. London: Epworth Press. OCLC 4058767.
  • ——— (1975). A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans I-VIII. International critical commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (ICC). 28. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567050403. OCLC 1843858.
  • ——— (1979). A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans IX-XVI and essays. International critical commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (ICC). 28. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567050410. OCLC 1843858.
  • ——— (1985). If God be For Us: a collection of sermons. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567291264. OCLC 12505549.
  • ——— (1985). The Bible and Christian Life: a collection of essays. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567291257. OCLC 14002303.
  • ——— (1993). The Apostles' Creed: a faith to live by. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567292278. OCLC 29974865.


  1. ^ "Cranfield, Rev. Prof. Charles Ernest Burland". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2016. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U12243. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  2. ^ Wright, Tom (5 March 2015). "The Reverend Professor Charles E. B. Cranfield (1915-2015)". Fulcrum Anglican. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  3. ^ "The Revd Professor Charles Cranfield | Northern Synod". The Northern Synod of the United Reformed Church. 16 March 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Charles Cranfield - In Memoriam". Department of Theology and Religion. Durham University. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  5. ^ a b Dunn, James D. G. (2016). "Charles Ernest Burland Cranfield 1915–2015" (pdf). Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the British Academy (XV): 187–204.
  6. ^ "Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies" (PDF). The British Academy (pdf). Retrieved 28 November 2018.