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Christian Origins and Social-Scientific Criticism: Past, Present, and Future

Bible in Politics Conference

The Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible hosted a conference dedicated to the Bible and politics in June 2017.  Colleagues came from all over the UK and globe to participate and offer their latest research.


Prof Chris Keith Inaugural Lecture

Professor Chris Keith addresses the status quaestionis of applications of social memory theory to the Gospels and historical Jesus. He gives an overview of social memory theorists and then addresses specifically the implications of social memory theory for the transmission of the oral Jesus tradition, the criteria of authenticity, the new historiography, and the historical reliability of the Gospels.

Prof Steve Walton Inaugural Lecture

Prof Walton's Inaugural lecture was entitled Doing theology Lukewise: Luke as theologian and storyteller.

Memory and the Reception of Jesus in Early Christianity Conference

Between Friday 10th – Saturday 11th June 2016 the 'memory' conference was held at St Mary's which saw a number of distinguished academics deliver papers across the two days aswell as a keynote address by Jens Schröter.

Prof James Crossley's book launch

On Wednesday 20th April Prof Crossley held a book launch in the Waldegrave Drawing Room to promote his latest publication: 'Harnessing Chaos: The Bible in English Political Discourse since 1968'. 

Poverty Conference


Cities of God Conference


Evil in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity Conference

 New Testament Scholar and Historian  Prof Dr Loren Stuckenbruck (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) delivers his keynote lecture, ‘How Much Does the Christ Event Solve? Evil in New Testament Theology and Its Relation to Jewish Theology’.

Launch of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible

On Friday 3rd May 2013, the inauguration of The Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible commenced with a lecture from internationally-recognised scholar, Prof John Barclay, Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at Durham University, ' Paul and the Gift: Gift-Theory, Grace and Critical Issues in the Interpretation of Paul.'