For more than eight hundred years Cambridge has been one of the foremost centres for theological research in the world. This tradition of excellence continues in the present Faculty of Divinity through the work of its academics who are leading figures in Theology, Biblical Studies (Old and New Testaments), Religious Studies, and the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. The quality of the research conducted here is recognised nationally and internationally, and has an impact on government policy makers, tourism and the cultural industry, leaders and members of faith-communites, bible translators, and the general public.
A vibrant research community is fostered through its senior research seminars, most of which meet fortnightly during the teaching term. As well as numerous graduate students studying at Masters and Doctoral levels, there are also a number of post-doctoral researchers and visiting academics from around the world. Major international biblical scholars, theologians and religious scholars come to Cambridge to deliver prestigious lectureships such as the Stanton and the Hulsean Lectures.
The Faculty is home to the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, which plays a leading international and national role in fostering and deepening Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations. The programme has worked with schools, prisons, the police and medical practitioners in improving attitudes to other religions. The Faculty also hosts a number of other major research projects, including the Psychology and Religion Research Group, Mapping the Jewish Communities of the Byzantine Empire, and the Semantics of Ancient Hebrew Database.
Our community of researchers enjoys many unparalleled resources. The Faculty's distinctive modern building has excellent facilities: a stylish common room which encourages socialisation, an enclosed garden, and a large library housing a rich collection of printed material on two floors (in addition to the growing number of online databases and electronic journals).
The nearby University Library, one of the largest open access collections in Europe, holds Codex Bezae, the Cairo Genizah fragments, and the Acton Library, whilst college libraries often have unique collections (e.g., the manuscripts of the Parker Library at Corpus Christi, or the early printed materials in Magdalene, St. John's and Trinity, among others). The libraries of the Cambridge Theological Federation and of Tyndale House are other examples of the many libraries in Cambridge which have strong collections in the field of theology and religion.