John Rogerson recently opened the 65th anniversary of the Dept of Biblical Studies at Sheffield with an excellent lecture on ‘New Horizons in Biblical Studies: How Sheffield Helped to Change Things in the 1970s and 1980s’ (brief report here). Apart from lots of historical details about biblical studies in the 50s, 60s and 70s, one of the striking things about the lecture was just how radical things like the use of social sciences and literary approaches were, even to the extent that they were not been deemed legitimate areas of study for biblical studies or areas of study in similar departments in British universties. I write ‘striking’ because these approaches have been absorbed into the mainstream and were so relatively quickly (by the 80s) in no small part to now major scholars in the field.
The next lecture on Wednesday 9 May, 2012 takes us back chronologically to the foundations of the Dept with Tim Grass’ lecture: ‘F. F. Bruce: Lay Believer in a Secular University’. The lecture will take place Jessop West Exhibition Space (University of Sheffield), 6.30pm. The lecture is open to all. No booking required. More details here.