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Faculty of Divinity


New Testament Research Seminars

Fenton Hort, former Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity

The 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.

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Tuesdays, 4-5.30pm, Lightfoot Room

For information contact Professor George van Kooten, email .

Michaelmas Term 2023

Tuesday 17 October 2023 George van Kooten, ‘The pre-70 CE Jerusalemite Author of the Gospel of [John]: The Pool of Bethzatha, the Royal Stoa, and the Romans’ Appointment and Deposition of the Jewish Highpriests’
Tuesday 31 October 2023 Jane Heath (Durham), ‘The Leper and Gethsemane: Matthean Narratives of Prayer and Providence’
Tuesday 14 November 2023 Ahreum Kim, ‘The Countercultural Victory of 1 John in Greco-Roman Context’ (Bloomsbury 2023)
Tuesday 28 November 2023 Miguel Herrero de Jáuregui (Madrid), ‘Philosophical and Religious Usages of Sōtēria in late Hellenism and the New Testament’

Your attention is also drawn to the guest lecture hosted in the postgraduate New Testament seminar run by Hannah Fytche (chair) and Judson Greene (co-chair):

Thursday 9 November, 3.00pm: Dr Matt Sharp (St Andrews), ‘What Does Divination Have to Do with Philosophy in the Letters of Paul?’, with a response from PhD student Ben Gardner.

Venue for this paper: Clare College, the Latimer Room (and on Zoom), followed by drinks in the Dean’s Room. Request Zoom link at All welcome.