A Series of Six Public Lectures

Tuesday, 1 March 2011 - Thursday, 12 May 2011
Time: 18:30 - 19:30
Location: Kings College Conference Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Organisation: University of Aberdeen
Topic: Bible


The King James Bible in Retrospect

Public Lecture Series, University of Aberdeen, March-May 2011


The King James Bible: An Overview 1 March 2011

Professor Alister McGrath, King's College London

The Rev Professor Alister McGrath is Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture at King's College London, having formerly been Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University. Until 2005 he was Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He is a former Gifford and Hulsean Lecturer. He is a well known speaker and writer on such topics as religion and science, the 'new atheism' and the renewal of theology. He is a prodigious author of many leading texts, including In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible (Doubleday, 2001).


The Long History of the King James Bible 15 March 2011

Dr Eyal Poleg, University of Edinburgh

Eyal Poleg is British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in the Centre for the History of the Book at the University of Edinburgh. His PhD is from the University of London and addressed the late medieval Bible in England. In Edinburgh his main research focus in on the material culture of the medieval and early modern Bible. Based on a survey of biblical manuscripts and early prints, he traces the evolution of layout and addenda in English Bibles, from the first mass-produced Bibles of the thirteen century, through the advent of print and the Reformation, to the King James Version of 1611.


The King James Bible in Scotland 29 March 2011

Professor David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh

David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity and Principal of New College at the University of Edinburgh. He was formerly Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Aberdeen and for several years has also worked as a parish minister in the Church of Scotland. He has served as President for the Society of the Study of Theology. He has delivered the Gifford Lectures (Glasgow), the Bampton Lectures (Oxford), the Cunningham Lectures (Edinburgh) and the Warfield Lectures (Princeton). One of his many research interests is the history of Reformed theology, especially in Scotland, and he is author, amongst others, of Scottish Philosophical Theology (Imprint Academic Press, 2007).


The Social Universe of the King James Bible 12 April 2011

Dr Naomi Tadmor, University of Sussex

Naomi Tadmor is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex.  Her PhD is from the University of Cambridge, after which she was Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College and Lecturer and Director of Studies in History at New Hall, Cambridge. She joined the University of Sussex in 2003 and has been Visiting Professor and Lady Davis Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her book The Social Universe of the English Bible: Scripture, Society and Culture in Early Modern England is published by Cambridge University Press (2010) and examines the ideological, religious, and cultural and political resonance of the text.


The King James Bible as a 'Savage Text' 4 May 2010

Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter

Adrian Thatcher moved to the University of Exeter in 2004 as Professorial Research Fellow in Applied Theology. He is now Visiting Professor in the Department of Theology. He was formerly Professor of Applied Theology at the University College of St Mark and St John, Plymouth. He has been a Baptist minister and is now a lay member of the Church of England. He has a long-standing interest in the application of theology to marriage, the family and sexuality and in 2008 Wiley-Blackwell published The Savage Text on the uses and abuses of the Bible to spread hatred and fear and to support racism, sexism, slavery and other forms of injustice.


The King James Bible as Literature 12 May, 2011

Professor Gordon Campbell, University of Leicester

Gordon Campbell is Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Leicester, with an international reputation as a scholar of John Milton. Recent work on Milton, all for Oxford University Press, includes a collaborative monograph on the Miltonic De Doctrina Christiana manuscript (2007) and a new scholarly biography of Milton (2008); both volumes won the Hanford Prize for the best monograph of the year. His diverse range of interests include the history of the King James Bible, a book on which is to be published by Oxford University Press in 2011, together with an edition of the 1611 Bible as part of the quatercentenary celebrations. He has served as Chairman and President of the English Association and as Chairman of the Society for Renaissance Studies.

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