The Vacation Term for Biblical Study (VTBS) was inaugurated in 1903 and delivers Summer Biblical Study in Cambridge, an annual school for all who wish to develop their understanding of the Bible through academic study.

2024 Programme

2024 Programme

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VTBS it is known for the quality of its courses and has been addressed by many biblical scholars of national and international repute.  From its earliest days, VTBS has enabled teachers, students, ministers and laity to deepen their knowledge of biblical literature and keep abreast of current research.

The annual summer school runs for two weeks in late July and / or early August.  Each week is complete in itself, so that it is possible to attend either one or both weeks of study.  The programme also leaves time to socialise with fellow participants, relax in the College gardens, explore the historic city of Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, or engage in private study.  Participants have access to the library at Westminster College for reference and study, subject to opening times.


President: Professor Morna Hooker
The Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity Emerita
University of Cambridge

Term & Committee Chairman: Dr Timothy Winder
Lectures Sub-Committee Chairman: Professor Keith Elliott
Treasurer: Dr Jane McLarty
Bursary Secretary: Rev Canon John Westwood

Professor Edward Adams
Professor Eryl Davies
Janet Cowen
Professor Judith Lieu
Nicola Pittam
Rev Richard Wyber


Term & Committee Secretary: Mrs Karen Winder BEd
Lectures Liaison & Publicity Secretary: Rev Frances Jeffries, MA

Lectures Sub-Committee
Chairman: Professor Keith Elliott
Professor Edward Adams
Professor Eryl Davies
Professor Morna Hooker
Professor Paul Joyce
Professor Judith Lieu
Professor Nathan MacDonald
Dr Timothy Winder