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Sunday, January 21, 2018


This website contains some of Jonathan Burnside’s work exploring the relationship between law, theology and criminology from theoretical and applied perspectives, beginning with Relational Justice: Repairing the Breach (1994, Waterside Press).

His doctoral thesis in biblical law was published as The Signs of Sin: Seriousness of offence in biblical law (Continuum, 2003). He was appointed by the Home Office and the Prison Service England and Wales to head an evaluation of faith-based units in prisons in England and Wales, which was subsequently published as part of his wider, cross-programmatic, study of faith-based units in prisons around the world (My Brother’s Keeper: Faith-based units in prisons, Willan, 2005).

His most recent book is God, Justice and Society: Aspects of Law and Legality in the Bible (Oxford University Press USA, 2010). He has degrees in Law and Criminology, both from the University of Cambridge, as well as a doctorate in Law from the University of Liverpool.

He is presently Reader in Biblical Law at the School of Law, University of Bristol. This website does not represent the views of the University of Bristol.