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James Robson


 Revd James Robson, MA (Oxon), PhD




 In our lost and broken world, the Church needs men and women who can listen humbly, think deeply, believe faithfully, trust completely, rejoice constantly, proclaim courageously, communicate clearly, lead authentically, love compassionately and serve wholeheartedly. I am thrilled to be helping Oak Hill serve the Church by helping women and men do just that."

A phrase that has stayed with James for 25 years is one spoken by John Stott, based on his observations from around the world: "The health of the Church depends on the health of its colleges." James has a passion that Oak Hill is "healthy" - faithful to the Scriptures, fostering Christlike character, a place where everyone flourishes - for the sake of a healthy Church.

That longing to see Scripture shape all of life has been reflected in his research and his ministry. His PhD was on Word and Spirit in Ezekiel. Since then, he has written chiefly on the book of Deuteronomy. He has taught many students Hebrew and Old Testament at both Oak Hill and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was also Senior Tutor at Wycliffe Hall. Many of those students are serving in different pastoral ministry contexts around both the UK and the world.

Before coming to Oak Hill, James was Ministry director of Keswick Ministries, leading them through a paradigm shift in their ministry. In addition to stints at Oak Hill and at Wycliffe Hall, at different points in his life, he has completed a degree in Experimental Psychology, worked with IBM, and served a curacy at Christ Church Cockfosters. 

He is married to Bridget and they have two adult daughters, Anna and Naomi. He enjoys golf, mountain-biking, growing vegetables and armchair cricket.


Please find examples of James' work linked below:

Word and Spirit in Ezekiel

Word and Spirit in Ezekiel

Two fundamental experiences of Yahweh in the Old Testament are an encounter with the 'word' of Yahweh and an encounter with the 'spirit' or 'wind' or 'breath' (ruach) of Yahweh. This thesis explores 'word', ruach, and their relationship in the book of Ezekiel. According to the dominant paradigm for explaining the emphasis on ruach and its relation to Yahweh's word within the book of Ezekiel, the prophet Ezekiel is recovering from the pre-classical prophets, or even pioneering, an emphasis on ruach in prophecy that is conspicuously absent from the classical, writing prophets. This reading interprets the emphasis on ruach in Ezekiel in terms of the self-authentication of the ministry of the prophet.

This book examines the relationship between ruach and prophecy in Ezekiel and in the rest of the Old Testament, and shows that the dominant paradigm requires modification. The emphasis on Yahweh's ruach in Ezekiel, even the 'prophetic spirit', is best understood in relation to the book's concern for the transformation of its addressees. The prophet Ezekiel's experience of Yahweh's ruach and his own obedience to Yahweh's call are clearly contrasted with the disobedience of the prophet's addressees in order to present Ezekiel as a model for the addressees of the book. His experience illuminates for them how the dramatic vision of the future can become a reality in their experience. Yahweh's ruach has a fundamental role in the envisaged obedient response to Yahweh's word, both of Ezekiel and of the book's addressees.

Bloomsbury 3PL, 2006