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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.


Michaelmas Term 2017 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

  • October 10thProf. Markus Bockmuehl (University of Oxford): ‘The Absence and Presence of Jesus in Hebrews.' Start from 2:30, FIRST WEEK ONLY
  • October 24th Dr. T. J. Lang (St. Andrews University): 'Trouble with Insiders: The Social Profile of the Ἄπιστοι in Paul’s Corinthian Correspondence.'
  • November 7th Dr. Crispin Fletcher Louis (Whymanity Research and Training): ‘Phil 2:6–11: Ruler Cult, Divine Desire and the Incarnation.’
  • November 28th Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh (Cambridge University): ‘The Grammar of the Gospel: Justification as a Theological Criterion in Reformation Theology and Galatians.’