Annual Lectures

Kenneth W. Clark Lectures

Established in 1984, the Kenneth Willis Clark Lectureship Fund honors the life and work of Reverend Professor Kenneth Willis Clark, a Divinity School faculty member for 36 years. Each year this fund enables the Divinity School to offer a distinguished program with special emphasis on New Testament studies and textual criticism.

These are free public lectures. No pre-registration is necessary.

2015 Lectures

Guest Speaker: Carl Holladay

Audio from past lectures is available on iTunes U.

Holladay, Charles Howard Candler Professor of New Testament at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, will lecture on “Acts as Gospel: The Familiar and the Foreign.”

"'Luke tells a story, but, while doing so, he is also preaching.' So wrote Martin Dibelius about Luke's Acts of the Apostles," Holladay writes. "Scholars have long debated whether Acts is best read as history, literature, or theology. While each of these approaches recognizes distinctive dimensions of Acts, none of them fully captures its essentially kerygmatic quality. These lectures will explore Dibelius’s insight by examining how Acts functions as gospel. They will focus on Paul’s missionary preaching in Pisidian Antioch and Athens, and the ways in which his preaching as reported in Acts negotiates the hermeneutical distance between the familiar and the foreign."

A native Tennessean, Holladay began his undergraduate education at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and completed his undergraduate education and seminary education at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Tex. After additional graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ, he completed his Ph.D. in New Testament studies at the University of Cambridge in England in 1975. His doctoral dissertation, which examined the concept of the “divine man” in Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity, was published by the Society of Biblical Literature in 1977. Since 1983 he has published four volumes of Fragments from Hellenistic Jewish Authors in the Society of Biblical Literature’s Texts and Translations series. In 1994-95, he received a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Grant to work on this project at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1999 he was named a Henry T. Luce, III, Fellow in Theology by the Association ofTheological Schools in the United States and Canada. Since coming to Emory from Yale Divinity School in 1980, he has served in numerous administrative roles, most recently as dean of the faculty and academic affairs.

His other published works include a Commentary on First Corinthians, the commentary on Acts in Harper’s Bible Commentary, and numerous articles and reviews. He has also coauthored a widely used textbook titled Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook (3rd ed., 2007), and a multi-volume commentary for ministers titled Preaching Through the Christian Year. His most recent book is A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005). He is working on A Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament Library Series (Westminster/John Knox Press).


Lecture 1
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School

Lecture 2
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
12:20 – 1:30 p.m.
0016 Westbrook, Duke Divinity School

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The James A. Gray Lectures

These annual lectures, established in 1950 as part of a bequest made in 1947 by James A. Gray of Winston-Salem, N.C., are delivered during the Divinity School Convocation & Pastors’ School.

The Franklin S. Hickman Lectures

This lectureship was established in 1966 as part of a bequest by Mrs. Franklin S. Hickman in memory of her late husband, Dr. Franklin Simpson Hickman, professor of psychology of religion, Duke Divinity School, and dean of the Chapel, Duke University. This lectureship enables the Divinity School to bring practicing ministers of extraordinary qualities to lecture and preach, often in conjunction with Convocation & Pastors’ School, and to participate in Divinity School classes, worship, and informal sessions with students and faculty.