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New Testament Senior Seminar

New Testament Senior 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.

Lent Term 2018 Programme:

Meetings will be held in the Faculty of Divinity on Tuesdays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room. Visitors and new members are welcome: please contact

  • 23rd January 'The Last Emperor of History: A Concept of Jewish and Christian Eschatology and its History of Tradition in Antiquity~ Dr Jan Dochhorn (Durham University)
  • 6th February 'Paul and the Origins of Christian Epistolarity' ~ Prof. Judith Lieu (Robinson College)
  • 20th February 'From Pliny to Persecution: Towards a New Approach' ~ Dr. James Corke-Webster (King’s College London)
  • 6th March 'Seeing is Believing: Blindness and Inclusion in John ~ Dr. Jennifer Strawbridge (Oxford University)