Dr Peter Williams presented two papers to the London Theological Seminary (LTS) on Monday 13 June, as part of its series of Monday seminars.
The series, which discusses the truth and trustworthiness of Scripture, is aimed primarily at those in the ministry or training for ministry, but is also open to any wishing to attend.
Dr Williams’ sessions looked at whether it matters if the Old Testament is historical or not; and then, having shown that the whole fabric of Christian theology depends on treating the Old Testament as historical, considered why people come to such differing conclusions about it.
Dr Williams has been a research fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge; lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Cambridge; senior lecturer in New Testament in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy at King’s College, University of Aberdeen; and deputy head of divinity, history and philosophy at Aberdeen.
He is currently the warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and honorary senior lecturer in Biblical studies at the University of Aberdeen.
LTS has announced that it is beginning a third year in its training course, commencing from September this year. The aim is to go into more depth in the core subjects studied during the first two years, particularly biblical exegesis, language and doctrine.
In its prayer letter, LTS said: ‘We hope that men will thereby be better equipped for a lifetime of pastoral ministry. Four men will be pursuing this option in September. One particular need concerns accommodation. We have more men with wives and families applying than we have accommodation for. We are seeking to address this, but please pray’.