Dr Rachel Kevern BA(hons), PhD (Birmingham)


Research Fellow in ITSEE

Department of Theology and Religion


Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


I work at ITSEE for the International Greek New Testament Project, currently working on the Gospel of John. I prepare electronic transcriptions of individual manuscripts and teach and manage an international team of transcribers. The transcriptions provide the initial data for the Editio Critica Maior, the fullest presentation of the evidence for the Greek New Testament.


In 2000 Rachel Kevern was awarded a BA (Hons) first class degree in Theology. In the same year, she joined the team of scholars working on the Principio Project based at the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (then the Centre for the Editing of Texts in Religion) as a PhD research student. In 2002 she began research on early Christian mysticism and in 2006 completed her thesis, From Enoch to Origen: The Jewish Mystical Origins of the Eastern Christian Doctrine of the Mystical Vision of God.

Rachel was appointed as Research Fellow in Theology and Religion at ITSEE in 2007 to work on two projects: the Codex Sinaiticus Project and the International Greek New Testament Project. On the Codex Sinaiticus Project, she was involved in the preparation of electronic transcriptions and their xml conversion; the recreation of the fragmentary pages of the codex; and proofreading the online transcriptions.

For the International Greek New Testament Project, she currently prepares electronic transcriptions of individual manuscripts of the Gospel of John for the Editio Critica Maior and teaches and manages an international team of transcribers. She works closely with software specialists at the University of Birmingham who are developing software to facilitate an online community of volunteer transcribers and collaborates with the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung, Germany, to maintain agreed standards and protocols.

In addition, Rachel maintains an active interest in the area of her PhD, early Christian mysticism. She is currently preparing her PhD thesis for publication.


Postgraduate Greek Palaeography and Codicology.


  • International Greek New Testament Project – working towards the Editio Critica Maior
  • The Codex Sinaiticus Project
  • Greek palaeography and codicology
  • New Testament textual criticism
  • Jewish and Christian mysticism

Other activities


  • Contributor to The New Testament in Greek IV, The Gospel According to St. John, edited by the American and British Committees of the International Greek New Testament Project, volume two: The Majuscules, edited by U.B. Schmid with W.J. Elliott and D.C. Parker (Leiden, E.J. Brill, 2007). Electronic edition.
  • Contributor to The Gospel According to John in the Byzantine Tradition, edited for the United Bible Societies by R.L. Mullen with S. Crisp and D.C. Parker, and in association with W.J. Elliott, U.B. Schmid, R. Kevern, M.B. Morrill and C.J. Smith (Stuttgart, Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2007). Electronic edition.
  • Contributor to Codex Sinaiticus Digital Edition, London: British Library, 2009. Electronic edition.
  • Contributor to Text und Textwert der griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments 5. Das Johannesevangelium, The Full Collation of Chapter 18, M.B. Morrill and D.C. Parker in association with W.J. Elliott, U.B. Schmid, R.L. Mullen and R. Kevern (Berlin, De Gruyter, forthcoming).
  • Contributor to “New and on-going projects in New Testament textual criticism” in Ehrman, B.D. and Holmes, M.W. (eds) The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis (Studies and Documents) 2nd edition (forthcoming).

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