Newman University’s graduation ceremony meant saying farewell to a number of our theology and biblical studies students as they embark on the next stage of their careers. It is always a poignant time seeing students go and we wish them well in the paths they will take. I would particularly like extend our good wishes to Mandie Huckerby who is now pursuing a PhD at Gloucester and Jess Williams who is starting her MA at Exeter. I, for one, will certainly miss their enthusiasm and thoughtful contributions to the biblical studies modules; good luck to you both.
Professor Steve Moyise
Over the summer we have been delighted to welcome Professor Steve Moyise to the NRCBR as Visiting Professor in Biblical Studies.
Steve has made important contributions to biblical intertextuality and the relationships between the Old and New Testament and with a special interest in the book of Revelation. A short 2008 interview with him discussing his very well received Evoking Scripture, T&T Clark (2008) can be found on the Crux Sola blog.
Many undergraduates will know (and be grateful for) Steve’s impressively clear and concise introductory works: Introduction to Biblical Studies, Cassell Academic (1998) and Jesus and the Gospels (with Clive Marsh), Cassell (1999) – highly recommended to all starting out in these areas.
Steve’s most recent book is Was the Birth of Jesus According to Scripture?, SPCK (2013). In it, he looks at the debate between those who argue that the nativity story is primarily constructed around selected Old Testament texts and those who argue that the nativity accounts have re-appropriated those texts giving them a new layer of meaning. Steve will be delivering a session on this subject at Newman University on February 12th 2015. More details will follow.