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New Testament Seminar overview

New Testament Seminar

New Testament scholar Fenton Hort
Fenton Hort, former Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity
The New Testament Senior Seminar has a long and distinguished history, dating back to its establishment under FC Burkitt in c. 1912. Membership then, which was by invitation, was for Cambridge academics, not just from Theology but also from related disciplines, and visitors from other Universities also attended; of those days an early member wrote:

"After all it was terrifying, if you were unlearned and a newcomer, to take your place at that table, or to sit on a chair at the other end of the room and gaze on the learned from afar."

Our purpose is still shared serious academic engagement, but we hope it is somewhat less terrifying.

Members are drawn from the Faculty and others with a specialist interest in the field in Cambridge, as well as from visiting scholars spending time in Cambridge; graduate students in the field are valued members, and participation in the Seminar is a core element of the research programme for doctoral students.

Papers cover a wide range of themes and approaches within the general field of New Testament study, including the wider context of the history and thought of the period and of early Christianity, and are followed by extensive discussion. Speakers come from Cambridge, from other universities in the UK, and from overseas.

The seminar meets on Tuesdays, from 2.15pm to 3.45pm, followed by tea. All meetings take place in the Lightfoot Room, unless otherwise stated below. Visitors and new members are welcome: please contact

Michaelmas Term 2016 Programme:

  • October 11 - ‘Penance and Purgation: Explaining Ancient Christian Assumptions about Matt 5:25-26/Luke 12:57-58’ Dr Nathan Eubank (University of Oxford)
  • October 25‘“The Curious Incident of a (Jew) in the Night-time”: Autistry and an Encounter with Nicodemus (John 3:1−15)’ Dr Louise Lawrence (University of Exeter)
  • November 8 - ‘“More ingenious than learned”? The quest for the non-historical Jesus and its implications for contemporary New Testament scholarship.’. Dr Justin Meggitt (Institute of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge)
  • November 29 -The Johannine Community under Attack in Recent Research’. Professor Martinus de Boer (Free University of Amsterdam)