Dr. Helen K. Bond, New Director of “The Centre of the Study of Christian Origins”

Larry Hurtado has announced, in light if his own retirement, that Helen K. Bond will be the new director of the Centre of the Study of Christian Origins at the University in Edinburgh.

Centre for the Study of Christian Origins
School of Divinity (New College)
University of Edinburgh
Published August 3, 2011
CSCO: Leadership Change
(Larry Hurtado): As of 01 August, I formally retired from my post in the University as Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, and as Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. I’m pleased to note that my colleague, Dr. Helen Bond, will take the helm as Director. As the founding Director of CSCO, I am much encouraged by Helen’s readiness to take on this role.CSCO was established by the Senatus Academicus of the University in 1997 with the aims of creating greater synergy in the study of early Christianity in the School (then Faculty) of Divinity and across the University, and of promoting the subject through research projects, conferences, etc. Our first project was in fact a conference on the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls held in 1998 here in New College. From that conference came an excellent multi-author volume: The Dead Sea Scrolls in Their Historical Context, ed. Timothy H. Lim (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000), with contributions from top scholars internationally.One of the stated emphases of CSCO is to link New Testament studies and what has been called “early church/Patristics”, particularly focusing on the pre-Constantinian period. Indeed, we contend that “New Testament studies” must include this larger period to take account of the process by which the writings that make up the New Testament (at least the majority of them) came to be treated as scripture. I’m pleased that CSCO regularly draws PhD applicants precisely because they want to work in a setting that allows for this sort of diachronic research. Our colleagues, Drs. Sara and Paul Parvis, have been a special boon in helping to make this vision a reality…[see rest here]

HT: J. Lauer


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