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.