On Friday 15th November, Greene’s Institute was proud to host Professor Donald Meek, who presented the first annual Edward Greene Memorial Lecture, under the title Faith in Translation: The Story of the Gaelic Bibles of Ireland and Scotland.
Edward Greene died on 17th October, 2018. He was not just a larger-than-life character in the best Oxford tradition, but the father and leading light of the tutorial college approach, applying the Oxford and Cambridge tutorial system to Further Education, to the benefit of generations of students. Edward’s major legacy, Greene’s Tutorial College, is now in its fifty second year, and going from strength to strength. We at Greene’s Institute hope to be equally worthy of his memory.
Professor Meek, who emphasises in his lecture the invaluable contribution made by Edward to the project of revising the Gaelic Bible, here delivers a true scholarly tour-de-force, a wide-ranging and deeply learned exploration of the origins and development of the Gaelic Bibles of Scotland and Ireland, emphasising in particular the sheer range of traditions and contributions, often from Outside Scotland and Ireland, and the sometimes extraordinary coincidences that brought those influences together.