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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.

Image used on this page: Title: F. J. A. Hort. Creator: Unknown. Source: Licence: Public domain.


Tuesdays, 4-5.30pm, Lightfoot Room

For information contact Professor George van Kooten, email .

Lent Term 2024

Tuesday 30 January 2024 George van Kooten, ‘The Localisation of the Author of the Gospel of John in Herodian and Early-Roman Jerusalem’
Tuesday 13 February 2024  Ernst Baasland (Norway), ‘The Art of Memory in Early Churches: Reception of The Sermon on the Mount—Quotations or Emulations?’ 
Tuesday 27 February 2024 David Horrell (Exeter), ‘What Might it Mean to “Decolonise” New Testament Studies?’
Tuesday 12 March 2024 Teresa Morgan (Yale), The 2024 Erasmus Lecture: ‘Early Christian Ethical Reasoning: Two case studies, four contexts, and a proposal’. This seminar will take place in the Runcie room.

All welcome.