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Rebecca Dean, Tutor in New Testament and Tutor for Admissions

Rebecca is one of two New Testament Tutors at Ripon College Cuddesdon, and is also the Admissions Tutor for Cuddesdon-based pathways. She has completed a bachelor’s degree in Theology at the University of Birmingham, and a master’s degree in New Testament Theology at the University of Oxford. She is a member of the United Reformed Church, and prior to beginning work at Ripon College in 2013, she was involved in children’s ministry for the URC, and also spent some time working as a teacher and support worker for a children’s homelessness charity in Far East Russia. Rebecca is currently completing a doctorate with the University of Oxford, focusing upon the portrayal of religious experience and dream-visions in the Acts of the Apostles. Her other research interests include the function of storytelling within the New Testament, and the construction of authority and identity within (religious) communities. Within her teaching, Rebecca aims to provide a safe space for people to ask difficult questions about the Bible, and to experiment with alternative approaches to reading the Scriptures. She firmly believes that decisions about the ‘meaning' of biblical texts should not lie in the hands of scholars alone, and is passionate about equipping people with the tools and the confidence to engage with the Bible for themselves, regardless of their academic ability or background. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) and the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS). Rebecca lives on site at the College with her two house rabbits, and when she is not working she can usually be found horse-riding.







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