Duke Divinity School will hold the 2016 annual Clark Lectures with guest speaker Loveday Alexander, emeritus professor of Biblical studies at Sheffield University in England. Alexander will lecture on "Is Luke a Historian? Writing the History of the Early Church," and will give a second lecture on the topic on March 2 from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in 0012 Westbrook. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Alexander has served as canon-theologian at Chester and Chichester Cathedrals. She was trained as a classicist at Somerville College, Oxford and explores the boundaries and interconnections between the New Testament and its Graeco-Roman matrix. Her publications include: The Preface to Luke's Gospel: Literary Convention and Social Context in Luke 1:1-4 and Acts 1:1, SNTSMS 78 (Cambridge University Press 1993); Acts in its Ancient Literary Context: A Classicist looks at the Acts of the Apostles, LNTS 298 (London: T&T Clark, 2006); The People’s Bible: Acts (Bible Reading Fellowship: Oxford, 2006); and Images of Empire: the Roman Empire in Jewish, Christian and Greco-Roman Sources (JSOTSS 122; Sheffield: JSOT Press 1991).
Established in 1984, the Kenneth Willis Clark Lectureship Fund honors the life and work of Professor Kenneth Willis Clark, a Divinity School faculty member for 36 years. Each year this fund enables the Divinity School to offer a program with special emphasis on New Testament studies and textual criticism.