Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology
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It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology.

The Centre (CBET) has grown out of a strong desire to combine research in biblical studies with work in philosophical and systematic theology, especially in ethics.

The centre enables biblical scholars to work alongside philosophical and systematic theologians; it promotes the idea of the Bible as a text and a phenomenon which can and should be integrated into contemporary discussion, including theological discourse on belief and practice.

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CBET aims to combine the theological study of the Bible with the study of ethics and systematic and philosophical theology.

Key aims and expertise

CBET promotes the idea of the Bible as a first principle that should provide the backbone of contemporary theological discussions of belief and practice.

In contributing to the public discourse regarding ethical and theological issues, CBET aims to be attentive to biblical tradition and responsive to the challenges of a secular society, seeking to foster dialogue across the religious-secular divide whilst respecting faith commitments. It will also advocate for the integrated study of the Bible and theology amongst clergy and laity.  

As a research-led centre, CBET aims to address the internal fragmentation of academic theology and enable biblical scholars to work side by side with philosophical and systematic theologians. Based in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham alongside the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, CBET represents a unique initiative to combine the historical and theological study of the Bible with the study of ethics and systematic and philosophical theology, both in the academy and in the community.

CBET offers graduate students and career academics the opportunity to bridge the divide between these fields and offers public access to the expertise of researchers within the Centre through occasional study days and the resources provided on this site.



Forced Migration and the Book of Jeremiah workshop

On 13 May 2017, the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology will be hosting an all-day workshop on
Forced Migration, Political Power and the Book of Jeremiah

Please visit the event page to find out more information and book your place at the workshop.

Featured video

Why Study James of Jerusalem

Professor Roland Deines examines what we know about a significant, but almost forgotten, figure in the early Jesus movement: James of Jerusalem, the brother of Jesus.

Stoned to death in 62 AD - according to Josephus - this man exercised an important role amongst the first generation of Christians and is referred to in many early writings, including the letters of Paul to the Corinthians and Galatians, and remembered in the gospels. He can be seen as representative of Jewish Christianity which combined Jewish identity with discipleship of Jesus.The video also looks at the problematic issue of 'the brothers of Jesus' and Mary as 'ever virgin'; and how three different men called 'James' (the son of Zebedee, the son of Alphaeus, and the son of Joseph) were confused in the tradition.


With the support of the Bible Society, the Centre aims to help raise the profile of biblical scholarship in the current public discourse with the conviction that a robust understanding of the Bible remains vital to contemporary discussions of ethics and theology.



Related research


Biblical Seminar, 31 March 2017

Humanities Building
Johnny Rowlands - Historical Jesus Research and the Problem of Divine Activity

Biblical Seminar, 7 April 2017

Humanities Building
Casey Strine - Your Name Shall No Longer Be Jacob But Refugee: Involuntary Migration and the Development of the Ancestral Narrative

Sensing Divinity: Incense, religion and the ancient sensorium

23 - 24/06/2017
British School of Rome, Ecole francaise de Rome
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Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5854