(b. 1917)

Born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge, where he studied theology under E. C. Hoskyns. After three years as a Methodist minister in Darlington, Barrett became a lecturer (Professor from 1958) in Durham University, where he remained for the rest of his life, though interrupted by courses of lectures at Yale, McMartin, Ottawa, Christchurch N.Z., and elsewhere. He became an international authority for his work in English and German on Johannine literature and the Acts, and strongly defended the rightful place of a theology faculty within a modern university.