Nicholas King is a lecturer at Oxford University. He is a well-respected New Testament scholar and has been working on The Old Testament a ground-breaking translation from the original Greek for the past few years and has also completed his New Testament Study Guides.
Nicholas King SJ was born into a strongly Catholic family in Bath, UK, and was educated at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire, and St John’s College, Oxford, where he studied Classics.
He had always enjoyed the study of Latin and Greek; in those days in the (perhaps rather odd) British educational system, it seemed quite normal that he started Latin and French at the age of 8 and Greek two years later. A series of good teachers made it natural to apply to read the subject at Oxford (as far as he can recall, he never thought of anything else).
"When I went to Oxford, it was with the firm intention of becoming a barrister (and the strong hope of being comfortably off). I had done a certain amount of debating as a schoolboy, and the editor of our local newspaper had lent me a copy of the life of F. E. Smith. Greatly to my astonishment, however, at a particular moment, which I can date to within a few minutes, I knew, beyond any shadow of doubt, that the only thing that I could do and be happy was to join those very Jesuits who had educated me at Stonyhurst, and had put up with my adolescent eccentricities. I applied then and there to the Jesuits, but they very sensibly told me to finish my degree. That was four-and-a-half decades ago, and I have seen no reason to change my mind (so far!)"