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About the Centre

The primary aim of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible (CSSSB) is to foster social-scientific research in Biblical Studies in the UK and internationally. Most directly, it will be a vehicle for raising the profile of Biblical Studies at St Mary’s University by functioning as a hub for conferences, publications, grants, postgraduate students, and colleagues on research leave.

As a Catholic institution that stands in the Christian tradition, St Mary’s aims to be at the forefront of biblical scholarship. CSSSB is an initial important step in attaining that goal.

If you are a potential doctoral student or a researcher looking for a sabbatical location, please feel free to contact the Director, Prof Chris Keith, at

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Prof James Crossley Inaugural Lecture

Professor James Crossley presents his Inaugural Lecture at St Mary's University, Twickenham, entitled 'Religion, Politics and the 2017 General Election'.

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.