On announcing Richard Burridge as one of the two recipients of the 2013 Ratzinger Prize for Theology, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, academic committee president of the Ratzinger Foundation, said “Richard Burridge today is definitely an eminent figure in the field of Biblical studies and not only of the English language. In particular, he has made a great contribution in that decisive area of the historical and theological recognition of the Gospels' inseparable connection to Jesus of Nazareth.”
This day conference will consider the work of Richard Burridge, especially how his biographical genre approach helps us establish “the Gospels’ inseparable connection to Jesus of Nazareth”.
10.00-10.30: Registration and coffee
10.30-10.45: Welcome and Introduction
Professor Sir Richard Trainor (Principal, King’s College London)
10.45-11.45: Session 1: The Gospels and the Biography of Jesus
Chair: The Revd Robin Griffith-Jones
Professor Andrew Lincoln (Portland Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Gloucestershire) & Professor Steve Walton (St Mary's University College, Twickenham).
This session will consider the impact of Burridge’s doctoral research on Gospel genre within Gospels scholarship, and its implications for Jesus-centred readings of the Gospels.
11.45-12.00: Coffee break
12.00-13.00: Session 2: Telling the Story of Jesus
Chair: Dr Eddie Adams
Professor Francis Watson (Professor in the Department of Theology & Religion, Durham University) and Professor Alexander Loveday (Emeritus Professor, University of Sheffield)
This session will look at Four Gospels, One Jesus? and other more popular and church-related applications of Burridge’s Gospels research, such as his work for the Millennium Dome, the National Gallery, the Lambeth Conference Bible Studies (based on his John commentary, originally published by BRF in 1998 and reissued in a Lambeth Conference edition in 2008), theBible in the Life of the Church project for the Anglican Communion, events related to the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible in 2011, and numerous Diocesan study days and conferences.
14.15-15.15: Session 3: What did Jesus Do and Say – Story and Ethics
Chair: Dr Chris Tilling
Professor David Horrell (Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Exeter) & Prof Jan van der Watt (Professor of New Testament, Radboud University, Nijmegen)
This session will discuss Burridge’s work on the implications of the narrative biographical reading of the Gospels for New Testament, and Christian, ethics. The session will especially focus on Imitating Jesus, including the extent to which South Africa influences and figures in reflections,but will also reference his ongoing research and writing in this area.
15.15-15.30: Tea break
15.30-16.30: Session 4: The Gospels and the story of Jesus
Chair: Professor Paul Joyce
Panel and round-up with all the participants (and Emeritus Professor Loveday Alexander, University of Sheffield), looking at coherence and impact, and considering what unites everything (essentially the concern for genre and for Biblical interpretation). Prof Burridge will offer a final response to the day.
16.30-16.45: Vote of thanks and closing remarks
Vincent Nicholls, Archbishop of Westminster
16.45-18.30: Drinks reception
Tickets for the event are priced £7.50, with a limited amount that include a buffet lunch priced at £15.00.
Tickets can be purchased from the following link: http://estore.kcl.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=17&catid=16&prodid=297