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William Belden Noble Lectures

William Belden Noble Lectures is an American series of annual presentations by accomplished individuals, held at Harvard University.

The Lectures were established in 1898 through a bequest by Nannie Yulee Noble in memory of her husband, a divinity student who died while preparing for the ministry. Speakers deliver a systematized collection of lectures on a theme of Christian thought.

According to the terms of the bequest: “The object of the Founder of the Lectures is to continue the mission of her husband, whose supreme desire was to extend the influence of Jesus as ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life,’ and to illustrate and enforce the words of Jesus — ‘I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.’ The Founder has in view the presentation of the personality of Jesus as given in the New Testament, or unfolded in the history of the Christian Church, or illustrated in the inward experience of His followers, or as the inspiration to Christian Missions for the conversion of the world. The scope of the Lectures is believed to be as wide as the highest interests of humanity.”



  1. ^ book form of the lecture
  2. ^ book form of the lectures
  3. ^ Published as Jesus Christ in History and Faith: Being the William Belden Noble Lectures Delivered in Harvard University, 1924
  4. ^ "Theologian, Anglican Bishop Wright to deliver Belden Noble Lectures". Harvard University Gazette

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