Catalogue of the Hensley Henson lectures in theology, University of Oxford, 1989-2003

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Hensley Henson lectures in theology, University of Oxford, 1989-2003

Series of lectures in theology, typescript and word-processed, 1989-2003

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2277, c. 7025, c. 7103

Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Organizational History

The Hensley Henson lectures are a series of lectures given annually by a visiting lecturer, who is required, by the terms of the bequest, to speak about, 'the appeal to history as an integral part of Christian apologetics'.


Given by the University Offices, 1989-2002. Lectures for 2003 given by John W. Bowker.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 2277, fols. 1-2].

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Henson | Herbert Hensley | 1863-1947 | Bishop of Durham

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

University of Oxford

Subjects (LCSH)

Lectures and lecturing
Theology -- Methodology

Descriptive List

Hensley Henson lectures, 1989-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2277
Extent: i + 336 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-109) Colin Morris, 'Crusading Ideologies', 1989
  • (fols. 110-241) lectures of Graham Leonard, 1991-2
    • (fols. 110-132) 'The Contingent Nature of Human Existence - its significance for the appeal to history'
    • (fols. 133-56) 'Freedom and Obedience - the will of God in history'
    • (fols. 157-75) 'The Community and the Individual - the claims of tradition'
    • (fols. 176-94) 'Disorder, Evil and Sin'
    • (fols. 195-218) 'Love and the Redemption of History'
    • (fols. 219-41) 'The Grandeur of God and the Capacity of Man - the consummation of history'
  • (fols. 242-336) George M. Newlands, 'The Christian Future and Historical Change', 1995

Hensley Henson lectures, 1997-2002
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7025
Extent: 326 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-86) James Barr, 'Ideology, Postmodernism and Biblical Scholarship. Profiles for the end of a Millenium', 1997
  • (fols. 87-207) Bryan D. Spinks, 'Sacraments, Ceremonies and the Stuart Divines. Sacramental theology and liturgy in England and Scotland, 1603-1662', 2000
  • (fols. 208-326) Brian Hebblethwaite, 'A Natural Theology of Historical Revelation', 2002

Hensley Henson lectures, 2003
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 7103
Extent: 90 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-90) John W. Bowker, ' "The Appeal to History as an Integral Part of Christian Apologetics": Did Henson Waste His Money', 2003

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