Dr Hugh Houghton FHEA

Dr Hugh Houghton

Department of Theology and Religion
Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship
Deputy Director, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

Contact details

Department of Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I work on the text of the New Testament in Latin and Greek, using and developing electronic tools to create digital editions of individual manuscripts and biblical books which will provide the basis for future generations of scholarship. Between 2011 and 2016 I was the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council COMPAUL project. I also led the UK contribution to the Workspace for Collaborative Editing, an online environment for editing New Testament materials. In recent years, I have identified new witnesses to the earliest Latin translations of the Gospels, worked on the online Codex Sinaiticus and Codex Bezae and published a study of the evidence for the gospel text used by Augustine. My monograph on The Latin New Testament was published in February 2016, and I have prepared an English translation of the rediscovered fourth-century Commentary on the Gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia. As well as being Deputy Director of ITSEE, I am one of the convenors of the Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament and a Director of the International Patristics Conference. I am executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series, and on various editorial boards including the journal New Testament Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols).

My personal website can be found at: www.hughhoughton.uk

Feedback and office hours

My office is G39 in 3 Elms Road, behind the ERI Building.

All post should be addressed to me at ITSEE, Department of Theology and Religion.


  • PhD (Birmingham)
  • MPhil (Cantab.)
  • MA (Cantab.)
  • BA (Leeds)


Hugh Houghton is Reader in New Testament Textual Scholarship and Deputy Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. He holds two degrees in Classics from Cambridge, specialising in the linguistics of early Christian texts, and degrees in Theology from Leeds and Birmingham. His first appointment at the University of Birmingham was in 2003 as a Teaching Fellow in the Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity, writing and delivering courses on Greek and Latin language and literature. He has been involved with ITSEE since its inception, working as a Research Fellow on the Vetus Latina Iohannes and Codex Sinaiticus projects. He was Principal Investigator on the COMPAUL project funded by the European Research Council from 2011 to 2016; from 2010 to 2013, he was also Principal Investigator on the “Workspace for Collaborative Editing”, a collaborative endeavour between the universities of Birmingham, Münster and Trier funded by the AHRC/DFG. Dr Houghton has served as an advisor for several projects, including the Biblindex database hosted by Sources Chrétiennes in Lyon, France, the Museum of the BIble Greek Paul project and the Digital Edition of Aphra Behn. He was one of the UK representatives on the European Science Foundation Interedition initiative. He is currently Treasurer of the International Greek New Testament Project, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Executive Editor of the book series Texts and Studies published by Gorgias Press.

Dr Houghton's publications include two well-received monographs with Oxford University Press: Augustine's Text of John (2008) and The Latin New Testament (2016). He has prepared a translation of the rediscovered fourth-century Commentary on the Gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia for the CSEL, and is currently working on a collation of the Old Latin evidence for the principal Pauline Epistles. He has edited four volumes of collected papers in the fields of New Testament and early Christian writings. During his research, Dr Houghton identified two new manuscript witnesses to the Old Latin versions of the Gospels and was instrumental in the rediscovery of complete sets of images of two tenth-century bibles which were destroyed in the Spanish Civil War. He has worked on a number of digital editions, including www.codexsinaiticus.org, the electronic transcription of Codex Bezae and www.iohannes.com, and has presented papers at conferences on biblical and patristic literature in the UK, Europe and North America, including a keynote address at the Sixteenth Oxford Patristics conference.


New Testament Greek

Special Study Module

Dissertation preparation

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised several completed doctoral projects, and would be glad to hear from potential students interested in:

  • The New Testament in Latin
  • The New Testament in Greek
  • The Bible in Early Christian Authors

I am currently lead supervisor for the following doctoral research projects:

  • An Online Environment for Collaborative New Testament Research
  • The Text and Transmission of 2 Thessalonians
  • Pauline Catena Manuscripts
  • The New Testament Text of Tertullian and Irenaeus
  • Photius and the Pauline Epistles
  • Family Π and Codex Macedonianus in the Synoptic Gospels

For details of other recent and ongoing doctorates in the field of New Testament Textual Criticism, visit http://www.igntp.org/doctoral.html


  • COMPAUL - a five-year project investigating the earliest Latin and Greek commentaries on the Pauline Epistles as sources for the biblical text funded by the European Research Council. The project aims to examine the commentators' treatment of the biblical text, the manuscript transmission of these works and the re-use of these texts in later writings.
  • Vetus Latina Iohannes - an edition of the earliest Latin translations of the Gospel according to John, based on surviving manuscripts and quotations in Christian authors.
  • An edition of the Old Latin versions of the principal Pauline Epistles (Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians).
  • Workspace for Collaborative Editing - an online environment for editing evidence for the text of the New Testament,  developed in Birmingham and Germany.
  • International Greek New Testament Project - working towards the Editio Critica Maior, the fullest presentation of the evidence for the Greek New Testament.
  • Insular Latin Gospel Books - a project to transcribe and examine their text.

Other activities

  • Department of Theology and Religion, Collaborative Programmes Officer (St Mary's College, Oscott)
  • Executive Editor of the book series Texts and Studies (Gorgias Press)
  • Editorial Board of New Testament Studies
  • Academic Board of Corpus Christianorum
  • Treasurer and Webmaster of the International Greek New Testament Project (www.igntp.org)
  • Advisory Board of the Museum of the Bible Greek Paul Project
  • Advisory Board of the Digital Aphra Behn Project
  • Board of Directors, International Patristics Conference
  • Co-organiser, Birmingham Colloquium
  • Member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Studiorum Noui Testamenti Societas (SNTS), International Association of Patristic Studies, Association of Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections, European Association of Digital Humanities


For full details of my publications ordered by date, including links to free online versions, visit my personal web-page at: http://sites.google.com/site/haghoughton/publications


  • H.A.G. Houghton, The Latin New Testament: A Guide to Its History, Texts, and Manuscripts. Oxford: OUP, 2016.
  • H.A.G. Houghton (ed.), Commentaries, Catenae and Biblical Tradition (Texts and Studies 3.13) Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2016.
  • H.A.G. Houghton (ed.), Early Readers, Scholars and Editors of the New Testament (Texts and Studies 3.11) Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2014.
  • M. Vinzent, L. Mellerin and H.A.G. Houghton (eds), Biblical Quotations in Patristic Texts (Studia Patristica 54) Leuven: Peeters, 2013.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, Augustine's Text of John. Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts. (Oxford Early Christian Studies) Oxford: OUP, 2008.
  • H.A.G. Houghton and D.C. Parker (eds), Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies? (Texts and Studies 3.6) Piscataway NJ: Gorgias Press, 2008.


  • P.H. Burton, H.A.G. Houghton, R.F. MacLachlan, D.C. Parker (edd.) Vetus Latina 19. Iohannes. Freiburg: Herder, 2011–.
           Fascicle 1: John 1:1–4:48 (2011).
           Fascicle 2: John 4:48–9:41 (2013).
  • Various Contributors, Codex Bezae Digital Transcription. Cambridge: University Library, 2012. Electronic Edition, hosted at http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-NN-00002-00041/. [Birmingham epapers Greek] [Birmingham epapers Latin]
  • Various Contributors, Codex Sinaiticus Digital Edition. London: British Library, 2009. Electronic Edition, hosted at www.codexsinaiticus.org. [Birmingham epapers]
  • P.H. Burton, J. Balserak, H.A.G. Houghton, D.C. Parker (edd.) Vetus Latina Iohannes. The Verbum Project. The Old Latin Manuscripts of John's Gospel. 2007. Electronic edition, hosted at www.iohannes.com

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • H.A.G. Houghton, “The Gospel according to Mark in Two Latin Mixed-Text Manuscripts.” Revue Bénédictine 126.1 (2016) 16–58.
  • H.A.G. Houghton and C.J. Smith, “Digital Editing and the Greek New Testament” in Claire Clivaz, Paul Dilley and David Hamidović (edd.), Ancient Worlds in Digital Culture. (Digital Biblical Studies 1). Leiden: Brill, 2016. (pp. 110–27).
  • H.A.G. Houghton, “A Flock of Synonyms? John 21:15–17 in Greek and Latin Tradition” in Peter Doble and Jeffrey Kloha (edd.), Texts and Traditions. Essays in Honour of J.Keith Elliott. (NTTSD 47.) Leiden: Brill, 2014. (pp. 220–238).
  • H.A.G. Houghton, The Biblical Text of Jerome's Commentary on Galatians Journal of Theological Studies 65.1 (2014) 1–24.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, The Electronic Scriptorium: Markup for New Testament Manuscripts, in Claire Clivaz, Andrew Gregory and David Hamidovic (edd.), Digital Humanities in Biblical, Early Jewish and Early Christian Studies, Leiden: Brill (2013), pp. 31–60.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, The Use of the Latin Fathers for New Testament Textual Criticism in B.D. Ehrman and M.W. Holmes (edd.), The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis (second edition; NTTSD 42), Leiden: Brill, 2012, pp. 375–405.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, Chapter Divisions, Capitula Lists, and the Old Latin Versions of John” Revue Bénédictine 121.2 (2011) 316–356.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, The St Petersburg Insular Gospels: Another Old Latin Witness” Journal of Theological Studies 61.1 (2010) 110–127.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, A Newly Identified Old Latin Gospel Manuscript: Würzburg Universitätsbibliothek M.p.th.f.67” Journal of Theological Studies 60.1 (2009) 1–21.
  • H.A.G. Houghton, Augustine's Adoption of the Vulgate Gospels” New Testament Studies 54.3 (2008) 450–64.


Latin and Greek manuscripts of the New Testament