Founded by the Revd. John Hall, BD, of St Edmund Hall, Honorary Canon of Bristol, and the Revd. Henry Houghton, MA, of Pembroke College
1. The purposes for which the trust fund and the income thereof are to be held are the establishment and maintenance of prizes as follows:
(1) the Canon Hall Preliminary Greek Testament Prize
(2) the Canon Hall Junior Greek Testament Prize
(3) the Canon Hall Senior Greek Testament Prize
(4) the Hall-Houghton Septuagint Prize
(5) the Houghton Syriac Version Prize
2. Each prize shall be open to student members of the University and shall be awarded on the basis of outstanding performance in relation to the subject of that prize in such assessment(s) as the board of management shall determine.
3. (1) The subject for the Canon Hall Preliminary and Junior Prizes shall be the New Testament in the original Greek in respect of translation, criticism and interpretation.
(2) The subject for the Canon Hall Senior Prize shall be the New Testament in the original Greek in respect of translation, criticism, interpretation, inspiration and authority.
(3) The subject for the Hall-Houghton Septuagint Prize shall be the Septuagint in its twofold aspect, as regards the Hebrew Bible or the Greek New Testament.
(4) The subject for the Houghton Syriac Version Prize shall be the ancient versions of the Holy Scriptures in Syriac in respect of translation, criticism, and interpretation, with special reference to such books as shall have been previously named by the board of management.
4. The administration of the fund and the prizes shall be the responsibility of a board of management comprising:
(1) the Regius Professor of Divinity
(2) the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity
(3) the Regius Professor of Hebrew
(4) the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology
(5) the Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History
(6) Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture
(7) the Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture together with such other persons, not exceeding two in number, as the board of management may co-opt subject to the approval of the Board of the Faculty of Theology and Religion.
5. (1) The value of each prize shall be as determined from time to time by the board of management.
(2) Each prize shall be awarded annually by the board of management. If two candidates for any prize are deemed to be of equal merit the board may divided the prize between them. If no candidate is deemed to be of sufficient merit the board has discretion to make no award.
6. The board of management shall have discretion to set further conditions for the award of these prizes, including on matters concerning adjudication, in so far as those conditions are not inconsistent with these regulations.
7. No candidate shall be awarded the same prize more than once.
8. The board may use any surplus income:
(1) to make grants of books or of money to meritorious candidates;
(2) to offer a studentship, tenable by a graduate of such standing and on such conditions as they may from time to time determine, who shall undertake a course of Biblical study or research to be approved by them and consistent with the general object of the trust; and/or
(3) in such other way or ways as shall seem most likely to promote the general object of the trust.
Any surplus income not so used in any year shall be carried forward for expenditure in subsequent years.
9. The general object of the trust is the encouragement of the study of the Greek Testament, of the Septuagint version of the Hebrew Scriptures in its relation to the Hebrew Bible and the Greek Testament, and of the Syriac versions of the Holy Scriptures.
10. Council may from time to time or at any time alter any of the above provisions provided always that the funds of the trust shall be applied only to promote the general object of the trust as defined in regulation 9 above.