Morna Hooker to give Barrett lecture at Durham

The University of Durham has invited Morna Hooker (Cambridge) to give the second-annual C.K. Barrett lecture on February 16.  The title of her paper will be: “Scriptural Holiness: Paul’s Understanding of Sanctification.”  Last year’s lecture, the inaugural presentation, was given by Richard B. Hays and it was a very happy occasion (as Barrett was present) and the paper was well-received.

Morna is a nice choice as she (informally?) worked a bit with Barrett on her doctoral research (if I recall correctly) and she is a fellow Methodist (as is, of course, Hays).  And her topic is quite interesting – a subject close to the heart of all Methodists and certainly will be of interest to Barrett if he is well enough to be present.  I am sad that I cannot be in attendance for this.  Perhaps I can persuade Morna to send me a copy!  In any case, this lecture is open to the public, so if you are anywhere in England, consider stopping by.  And tell me how it goes!

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5 thoughts on “Morna Hooker to give Barrett lecture at Durham

  1. Did this good lady ever meet Jesus, Paul or any of the other characters in the Bible?

    And thereby discover first hand what they had to say.

    And in the case of Jesus thus receive his instruction on how to live a Spiritual Way of Life up close and personal.

    If not she is talking through her hat.

    Especially as she (like everyone else) cannot even account for her personal existence here. Because to do so she would have to take into account how the entire Cosmic Process, with all of its space-time paradoxes, somehow coalesced into creating the body that she now very solidly identifies with.

    And yet she presumes to “know” so much about what may or may not have happened in Israel/Palestine 2000 years ago.

    • First of all, John, lighten up. She is a pious woman, a renowned scholar, and in both church and academia she is well-respected. She has spent countless hours humbly pondering what she will say and write, studying the Bible (and its interpreters), and making sure her choices are not careless. She happens to be my own doctoral supervisor’s supervisor.

      Secondly, it is a bit ironic that, in your existential and enlightened critique of Prof. Hooker, you don’t seem to be bothered by your own careless words. If you believed what you wrote, you probably wouldn’t be wasting words on a blog (an academic one!) and you probably wouldn’t be on the internet at all.

      I welcome comments, even critical ones, but they must be given graciously. Please take this into consideration next time or else the comment will not be publicized.

  2. Hi Nijay and Michael,
    I had a short word with prof Hooker at prof Judith Lieu’s inaugural lecture in Cambridge recently. I’m sorry I won’t make the Durham lecture, but fortunately, she has invited me for tee!

  3. I attended Morna Hooker’s lectures at Cambridge from 1983-87. More students attended her lectures than any other theology lectures at that time. The hall was always full and we never missed a single one. The fact is that while she is a scholar of the highest calibre, she also has a living faith and, yes John, has both met and knows Jesus, so, being a friend of both the Living Word as well as His written word, she is definitely qualified to share her perspectives.

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