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Faculty of Divinity


New Testament Research Seminar

Fenton Hort, former Lady Margaret's Professor of DivinityThe New Testament Research 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.



Easter Term 2022 Programme:

Tuesdays in even weeks of term, 4:00-5:30pm on Zoom


Tuesday 10 May 2022, 4pm, Lightfoot room, in-person meeting only
Tom Habib (PhD candidate), 'Θεομάχοι - Moral characterisations of the opponents in the Gospel of John and in Euripides’ Bacchae'Tuesday 24 May 2022, 4pm, Lightfoot room, in-person meeting only
Alexander Chantziantoniou (PhD candidate), ‘Paul within Paganism and the Case of Idolatry: Ancient Mediterranean Cult Images and Iconic Ritual in the Letters of Paul’Tuesday 7 June 2022, 4pm, Runcie (!) room, in-person and on Zoom
Farewell lecture Jonathan Linebaugh, ‘A Merciful Surprise: The Grammar of the Gospel in, around, and after Paul’,  with responses by Simon Gathercole, Andrew Byers, and Simeon Zahl
Followed by a reception in the faculty 
Zoom link can be requested from the chair
For all enquiries: George van Kooten, chair, Email 





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