2024 Programme at Westminster College, Cambridge

Each week offers two five hour courses, and their three related ‘Readings’ in a Biblical language, which explore exegetical and translation issues. Each week also offers three supplementary lectures – which often form a series. Courses explore Old and New Testament topics and related subjects. Courses include a concluding question and answer session; and there is always opportunity for further discussion over meals. Participants can be issued with an Attendance Certificate on request. – See website for further details.

Morning lectures begin at 10.15am; and the programme provides participants with plenty of time during the early afternoon to explore the attractions of Cambridge, Ely and the surrounding countryside, or engage in quiet private study. Westminster College is only a short walk from the centre of Cambridge.

Week 1: Sunday 23rd July – Friday 28th July 2023

Inaugural lecture: ‘TBC

Old Testament course: Prof. Eryl W Davies, University of Bangor
‘Ethical Aspects of the Hebrew Bible’

New Testament course: Prof. James Crossley, St Mary’s University
‘The Next Quest for the Historical Jesus’

3 Pat Merriman Memorial lectures: Dr Robert Pope, University of Cambridge ‘Reconciliation and the Hiddenness of God’

Week 2: Sunday 30th July – Friday 4th August 2023

Eileen Stamper Memorial Lecture:
V.Revd Prof John McGuckin
‘Origen of Alexandria (c185-253):Careful Exegete or Crazed Symbolist?’

Old Testament course: Dr Margaret Barker
‘New Light on the Old Testament from the Lead Books found in Jordan’

New Testament course: Prof Judith Lieu, University of Cambridge.
‘Reading Early Christian Letters’

2 Lectures: V.Revd Prof John McGuckin.

‘The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Scripture’s Employment Among the Early Byzantine Monks.’

‘A Medieval Greek Poet: St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) and his ‘Hymns of Divine Eros.’

2 short papers by Young Scholars: Full Details to be posted after Easter

Language classes in Greek and Hebrew Biblical languages – at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels- in both weeks.

Generous Bursaries and Awards are available to assist students and others with costs.