New College Lectures
7:30pm, Tuesday, 20th & Thursday, 22nd
Some of the most widely published challenges to the Christian faith today have come in the publicity surrounding the “apocryphal” Gospels not included in the Christian Bible. The idea that there is nothing particularly special about the four New Testament Gospels has appeared in both the popular media and in Biblical scholarship, from references to the Gospel of Philip in the Da Vinci Code, to the publication by the Harvard Theological Review of the so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” fragment. These lectures will discuss the relevance of these Gospels outside of the Bible, comparing them with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Venue: Main Common Room, New College - Map & Directions
Tues 20 Sep
Opening Event - 6:00pm
Thurs 22 Sep
Lecture 2 - What Ten Gospels say about Jesus the Jewish Messiah - 7:30pm
Dr Simon Gathercole
Dr Simon Gathercole is a Reader in New Testament at the University of Cambridge as well as being Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology with Fitzwilliam College.
Before his current position, Dr Gathercole studied in the Universities of Cambridge and Durham, as well as for short periods at the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He taught in the University of Aberdeen for seven years and was the editor of Journal for the Study of the New Testament from 2007-12.
Dr Gathercole's main academic interest is the interpretation of the New Testament. Having begun as a classicist he also worked in the field of early Judaism, being particularly fascinated by the connections between the New Testament and the literature contemporaneous with it. His principal theological interests are christology, and the doctrine of the atonement.In 1986 the College set up a Trust to conduct an annual series of public lectures. This resulted in the formation of the New College Lectures. Each New College lecturer is asked to take up some important issue or aspect of contemporary society and to comment on it from the standpoint of their Christian faith and professional expertise. These lectures have become an important public event and have attracted large interest and generated much discussion.
New College Lectures History
Many of the New College Lectures have been published in a variety of ways.
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The inaugural New College lectures were delivered in 1987 by Professor Malcolm Jeeves of the University of St Andrews, Scotland. In subsequent years lecturers have come from Australian and overseas universities as well as the wider community. The 2005 New College Lecture series received much attention as it broached the important topic of ‘Church and State’ addressed by The Hon John Anderson, The Hon Kevin Rudd and Rev Dr Andrew Cameron (Moore College). Over 850 people attended over two nights to hear this landmark lecture series. The New College Lectures continue to grow and in 2013 the lectures were attended by more people than ever before with delegates coming from near and far to hear Professor Stanley Hauerwas.
Lecture summaries and audio from the more recent New College Lectures are available under previous lectures.