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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 2021 Programme:

SEM-1 Tuesday 11th May 2021—Professor Morna Hooker at 90

  • Professor John Barclay (Durham), ‘The art of asking awkward questions: some themes from the scholarship of Professor Morna Hooker’;
  • Dr James Carleton Paget (Cambridge), ‘Morna at 90: some reflections’;
  • Professor Morna Hooker, 'Obstinacy and Serendipity’.

SEM-2 Tuesday 25th May 2021: Professor Maren Niehoff (Jerusalem), ‘A Roman Portrait of Abraham in Paul’s and Philo’s Later Exegesis’ 

SEM-3 Tuesday 8th June 2021—Professor Peter Oakes (Manchester), ‘Pistis of the Relational Christ: the Significance of Christology for the pistis Christou debate’.


All welcome!
Meetings start at 4pm. Zoom-links can be requested from the chair, George van Kooten at  
There is a separate Zoom-link for the celebration of Professor Morna Hooker on 11th May.