Dr. David Wenham to lecture Drumwright lectures at Southwestern Seminary

David Wenham, one of the leading evangelical scholars of the New Testament in England, is this year’s guest lecturer for the Huber L. Drumwright Lecture Series of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is scheduled from March 10-11.

The name “David Wenham” may be more familiar as that of the Australian actor who played Faramir on the movie trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic series of novels The Lord of the Ring. However, David Wenham the British scholar has a relation that is much closer to Tolkein than the actor who simply played the role of one of his characters.

Tolkien was an esteemed scholar, writer and Christian thinker who lectured at Oxford University. Dr. Wenham is also a respected theologian and intellectual who authored several books on the “historical and theological dynamics of the apostolic period – most notably the relationship between Jesus and Paul.”

After completing his theology studies at Cambridge and Manchester universities, he then taught in Central India before directing the Tyndale House Gospels Research Project. Some of his written works include: Parables of Jesus; Exploring the New Testament: A Guide to the Gospels and Acts; Paul: Follower of Jesus or Founder of Christianity?; and Paul and Jesus: The True Story. He is currently serves as a dean of Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University.

The three-part lecture series which Wenham will present to Southwestern Seminary are titled, “The Most Famous Sermon Ever Preached.” In the series, Wenham will focus on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The times, locations and titles are as follows:

March 10, 11 a.m., Truett Auditorium: “Jewish Law or Gospel for the World?”
March 10, 7 p.m., Williamsburg Room of the Naylor Student Center: “Recipe for Despair or Relevant Righteousness?”
March 11, 11 a.m., Williamsburg Room of the Naylor Student Center: “Jesus’ Sermon or Matthew’s Theology?”

The Huber L. Drumwright lectures were established by Minette Williams Drumwright Pratt at Southwestern in 1987 as a commemorative to her late husband, who served on the seminary’s New Testament faculty for almost 30 years and was dean of the theology school for seven years.