2011 New Testament: Use and Influence

Session 1

Practice Criticism: Principle and Methods

Practice Criticism seeks to develop insights into the ways in which the originating practice of God, Jesus, disciples or Christian community recorded in scripture provoke, inspire, or support corresponding identified or identifiable practice in a reader's community and discipleship, in early church times, historically and today. John Riches has described the aim of practice criticism as 'the embodiment of these texts in the lives and actions of the readers'. The gospel stories 'are realised in many different ways in different reading groups and communities'.

So far, publications have included:-

  • Stilling the Storm, ed. John Vincent. (Deo, 2011).
  • Outworkings: Gospel Practice and Interpretation, John Vincent (UTU, 2005)
  • Mark: Gospel of Action - Personal and Community Responses, ed. John Vincent (SPCK, 2006)
  • Morna Hooker & John Vincent, The Drama of Mark (Epworth, 2010)

Practice Criticism collections on Acts, Leviticus and John will appear shortly.

This seminar will explore further the principle and methods of Practice Criticism.

Session 2

Panel discussion

Pope Benedict XVI and the Historical Jesus


  • Dr James Crossley (University of Sheffield)
  • Dr John Lyons (University of Bristol)
  • Dr Angus Paddison (University of Winchester)

Session 3

Prof Mikeal Parsons (Baylor University)

A brief reception history of the Pentecost narrative (Acts 2): Its use and influence

A brief history of reception of the Pentecost scene in Acts 2, noting especially the ways this text has entered into ecclesial, christological, and pneumatological debates across the history of the church. Special attention will be given to the reception in the visual tradition.