Public Lecture: St John's Visiting Scholar in Religion
Public Lecture: St John's Visiting Scholar in ReligionDate: 18 August 2014 Time: 7.00 pm
Venue: MacLaurin Lecture Theatre MCLT103, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington
Professor Richard Bauckham 'The Evidence for Jesus: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony'
In August, Victoria University of Wellington and St John's in the City will host the St John's Visiting Scholar in Religion for 2014, Professor Richard Bauckham, Emeritus Professor of the Universities of St Andrews and Cambridge. As part of this visit, Professor Bauckham will deliver a public lecture on Monday 18 August, addressing the topic: 'The Evidence for Jesus: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.'
Professor Bauckham is widely recognised as one of the world's leading New Testament scholars. He taught theology for many years at the University of Manchester and then at the University of St Andrews where he was the Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor. He is now based at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. A prolific writer, he has written over 20 books and 200 articles, including many influential and groundbreaking volumes. These writings include biblical commentaries, studies of New Testament history and theology, works of historical theology, and other studies on topics such as Christology and ecology.
The theme of Professor Bauckham's public lecture draws from one of his best-known works – his award-winning Jesus and the Eyewitnesses (2006). This landmark publication draws on textual and historical evidence, as well as developments in the study of oral tradition and the psychology of memory, to argue that the Gospels are based in the eyewitness testimony of those who knew Jesus personally. The argument has major implications for understanding of the character of the Gospels, but also of early Christianity more generally.