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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 2018 Programme:




Fortnightly meetings are held in the Faculty of Divinity, West Road, on Tuesdays at 2.15 pm in the Lightfoot Room (1st floor), and are followed by tea.
All colleagues, MPhil and PhD students in New Testament or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the faculty, are warmly welcome. If you need further information, please contact Professor George van Kooten,  

16th October - George van Kooten (Cambridge),
"Paul between Stoics and Sceptics, in defence of Divine Justice”, with a response by David Sedley (Emeritus Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy)

30th October - Simon Gathercole (Cambridge),
“The Historical and Human Existence of Jesus in Paul”

13th November - Crispin Fletcher-Louis (University of Gloucestershire),
“Platonism, Ruler Cult and Christology: Divine ‘being’ that ‘becomes’ in the Philippians Christ hymn?”

27th November - Matthew Novenson (University of Edinburgh),
“Paul within Judaism Reconsidered”