Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tobias Nicklas, professor of exegesis and hermeneutics of the New Testament at the University of Regensburg, Germany gave the annual Clark Lectures at Duke Divinity School on April 8 and 9. Audio recordings of the lectures are available on iTunes U.

Nicklas spoke about ancient Christian manuscripts and how they can be connected to different aspects of Christian history. His first lecture, “New Testament Manuscripts: Every Fragment Tells a Story” focused on small fragments of New Testament manuscripts and their use in liturgies, for private use, as amulets, and more. His second lecture, “Apocryphal Fragments and Our Images of Early Christianity,” addressed some pieces of apocryphal literature and his work as a historian of early Christianity.

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 distinguished program with special emphasis on New Testament studies and textual criticism.