The George Richardson Lecture is an annual public lecture in Quaker Studies given by a leading academic. It was begun by the Centre for Quaker Studies at the University of Sunderland in 1996. The Richardson Lecture held at the joint annual conference of the Quaker Studies Research Association and Woodbrooke’s Centre for Research in Quaker Studies.
George Richardson, born in North Shields in 1773, and a grocer by profession, was an Evangelical Friend. He was a contemporary of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson in the anti-slavery movement, began an adult school and was a leading member of the Bible Society in Newcastle. It was his letter to the Friend about two years before his death in 1862 which led to the formation of the Friend’s Foreign Missionary Association.
This year’s lecture
Tolstoy or Kierkegaard? Dilemmas of Quaker Biblical Interpretation by Hugh S. Pyper
Hugh S. Pyper has recently retired as Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the University of Sheffield and now lives in Orkney. Born and brought up in Edinburgh, his early career was as a school biology teacher and it was not until his 30s that he embarked on the academic study of the Bible, subsequently teaching at the University of Leeds before moving to Sheffield. He has been appointed as the next president of the Society for Old Testament Study in the UK and Ireland.