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New Testament Research Seminar

New Testament Research Seminar

New Testament scholar Fenton Hort
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.


EasterTerm 2020 Programme:




We are very pleased to be able to offer a coherent set of papers on JOHN & THE SYNOPTICS, to be presented and discussed in the following digital meetings of the New Testament Research Seminar:

ET-week 4 Tuesday 19 May 2020, 4pm BST:
Mark Goodacre (Duke, Religious Studies), John and Synoptics-1

ET-week 6 Tuesday 2 June 2020, 4pm BST
Catrin Williams (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David), John and Synoptics-2: ‘John's transformation of the Markan sea-walking narrative’
For access to the digital Lightfoot Room, contact George van Kooten at and you will receive the link.

 All colleagues Undergraduate, MPhil and PhD students in NewTestament or other areas (such as Classics, History and Philosophy), from within and outside the Faculty, are warmly welcome.