New Testament Studies: Questions for the Discipline (and proposed responses)
When I accepted the Chair of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology in 1996, I was asked to perform the required task of giving an inaugural lecture (something expected of all Professorial level appointees in the University of Edinburgh). People do different things, but I was advised/invited to “set out my stall” and take the lecture as an opportunity for the kind of broad reflections on one’s discipline that one rarely gets a chance to offer. Approaching the turn of the millennium, as we were then, I indulged in some rather broad questions, and I found it stimulating and useful to do so. I was also pleased subsequently that it found publication, suggesting that it might be of some use to others as well.
Although it may only mean that my thinking hasn’t progressed as it should have, re-reading the lecture now after 16 years, I don’t see anything much that I’d change. For those who are interested, I provide here a PDF of the published form, by permission of the Scottish Journal of Theology.