Professor Hugh Houghton FHEA

Professor Hugh Houghton

Department of Theology and Religion
Professor of New Testament Textual Scholarship
Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing
Director of Research, Department of Theology and Religion

Contact details

Address
ITSEE,
Department of Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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. I have been on the committee of the International Greek New Testament project for over a decade, and in 2016 was appointed Executive Editor for the Pauline Epistles. I have led a number of research projects, including the European Research Council COMPAUL project, which ran from 2011–16, and the Workspace for Collaborative Editing, creating an online environment for editing New Testament materials. From 2018–23, I am principal investigator on the European Research Council CATENA project, and co-investigator on the AHRC Codex Zacynthius project from 2018–20. 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 recent publications include a monograph on The Latin New Testament with Oxford University Press and an English translation of the rediscovered fourth-century Commentary on the Gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia. Both of these are available online in open access.

I was appointed Director of ITSEE and Director of Research for the Department of Theology and Religion in 2017. 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 serve as executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series and on various editorial boards including the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols).

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

Feedback and office hours

My office is G38 in 3 Elms Road, behind the ERI Building, although I am also to be found in the ITSEE Project Room (G37)

All post should be addressed to me at ITSEE, Department of Theology and Religion, Room 205, ERI Building, Pritchatts Road, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT.

Qualifications

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

Biography

Hugh Houghton is Professor of New Testament Textual Scholarship and 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.

From 2018-23, he is principal investigator on the European Research Council CATENA project, and was co-investigator on the AHRC Codex Zacynthius project from 2018–20. In recent years, he has 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. His recent publications include a monograph on The Latin New Testament with Oxford University Press and an English translation of the rediscovered fourth-century Commentary on the Gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia. Both of these are available online in open access.

He was appointed Director of ITSEE and Director of Research for the Department of Theology and Religion in 2017. He is one of the convenors of the Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament and was a Director of the International Patristics Conference from 2015–20. He serves as executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series and has been on various editorial boards including the journal New Testament Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols).

Teaching

Professor Houghton has taught modules on New Testament Greek and the Pauline Epistles, as well as the Special Study Module and Undergraduate Dissertation.

Postgraduate supervision

I 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

Birmingham offers doctoral and masters level research degrees by Distance Learning, with regular supervisions by video conference. Even though it is best for doctoral students to come to Birmingham and work along team members in ITSEE, I have found Distance Learning to be a very successful model for those unable to relocate.

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

Photius and the Pauline Epistles (Chiara Coppola)
Family Π in the Synoptic Gospels (Timothy Mitchell)
The Vulgate Revision of the New Testament Outside the Gospels (Anna Persig)
The Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Romans (Jacopo Marcon)
Chrysostom's Homilies on Romans (Peter Montoro)
The Text and Transmission of Colossians (Zachary Skarka)
The Arabic Tradition of the Epistle to the Romans (Duane McCrory)
The Catena on the Acts of the Apostles (Emanuele Scieri)
Codex Boernerianus (Alec Fisher)
The ἐξ ἀνεπιγράφου scholia on the Gospel of Matthew (Andrew Patton)
The Catena on Ephesians (Clark Bates)
The Verona Psalter (Oliver Norris)

Completed doctoral projects for which I was lead supervisor include:

Origen's Quotations of Romans, 2 Corinthians and Galatians (Matthew Steinfeld)
An Online Environment for Collaborative New Testament Research (Troy Griffitts)
The Pseudo-Oecumenian Catena on Galatians (Dora Panella)
Tertullian's Text of the New Testament outside the Gospels (Benjamin D. Haupt)
The Text and Transmission of 2 Thessalonians (Grant Edwards)

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


Find out more - our PhD Theology and Religion  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

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. My long-term research is overseeing a new edition of the Pauline Epistles in Greek as Executive Editor for the International Greek New Testament Project. I have also published extensively on the manuscripts and text of the Latin New Testament and the use of quotations in early Christian writers.

  • CATENA - a five-year project on Greek New Testament commentary manuscripts funded by the European Research Council.
  • 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 examined 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.
  • Codex Zacynthius Project - a new edition, transcription and translation of the earliest New Testament catena manuscript using multispectral images.

Other activities

  • Department of Theology and Religion, Collaborative Programmes Officer (St Mary's College, Oscott)
  • Departmental Representative, Anglican Chaplaincy Trust
  • Executive Editor (Pauline Epistles), Treasurer and Webmaster for the International Greek New Testament Project (www.igntp.org)
  • Executive Editor of the book series Texts and Studies (Gorgias Press)
  • Academic Board of Corpus Christianorum
  • 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

Publications

Highlight publications

Houghton, H 2016, The Latin New Testament: A Guide to its Early History, Texts, and Manuscripts. Oxford University Press, Oxford. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744733.001.0001

Houghton, H 2008, Augustine's Text of John. Patristic Citations and Latin Gospel Manuscripts. Oxford University Press.

Houghton, H & Dorfbauer, LJ 2017, Fortunatianus of Aquileia, Commentary on the Gospels. English translation and introduction. Corpus Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Latinorum (CSEL) , vol. extra seriem, De Gruyter, Berlin. <https://www.degruyter.com/viewbooktoc/product/469498>

Houghton, HAG, Manafis, P & Myshrall, A 2020, The Palimpsest Catena of Codex Zacynthius: Text and Translation . Piscataway NJ.

Recent publications

Book

Houghton, HAG & Parker, DC 2020, Codex Zacynthius: Catena, Lectionary, Palimpsest. Gorgias Press, Piscataway NJ.

Article

Houghton, HAG & Monier, M 2020, 'Greek Manuscripts in Alexandria', The Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 119–133. https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flaa041

Houghton, HAG 2020, 'New identifications among the sixth-century fragments of Augustine in Cambridge University library', Sacris Erudiri, vol. 59, pp. 171-180. https://doi.org/10.1484/J.SE.5.119450

Houghton, HAG, Parker, DC, Robinson, P & Wachtel, K 2020, 'The Editio Critica Maior of the Greek New Testament: twenty years of digital collaboration', Early Christianity, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 97-117. https://doi.org/10.1628/ec-2020-0009

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Houghton, HAG 2020, Scripture and Latin Christian Manuscripts from North Africa. in JP Yates & A Dupont (eds), The Bible in Christian North Africa. Part 1: Commencement to the Confessiones of Augustine (ca. 180 to 400 CE). : Handbooks of the Bible and Its Reception 4/1.., 2, De Gruyter, Berlin and New York, pp. 15-50. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781614516491-002

Houghton, HAG 2020, The Codex Zacynthius Project. in HAG Houghton & DC Parker (eds), Codex Zacynthius: Catena, Lectionary, Palimpsest. Gorgias Press, pp. 9-18.

Houghton, HAG & Parker, DC 2020, The Gospel of Luke in the Palimpsest. in HAG Houghton & DC Parker (eds), Codex Zacynthius: Catena, Lectionary, Palimpsest. . Gorgias Press, pp. 33-58.

Houghton, HAG 2020, The Layout and Structure of the Catena. in HAG Houghton & DC Parker (eds), Codex Zacynthius: Catena, Lectionary, Palimpsest . Gorgias Press, pp. 59-96.

Houghton, HAG 2019, An Initial Selection of Manuscripts for the Editio Critica Maior of the Pauline Epistles. in HAG Houghton, D Parker & H Strutwolf (eds), The New Testament in Antiquity and Byzantium: Traditional and Digital Approaches to its Texts and Editing. . Arbeiten zur neutestamentlichen Textforschung, vol. 52, De Gruyter, Berlin and New York, pp. 343-359.

Houghton, HAG 2019, Electronic transcriptions of new testament manuscripts and their accuracy, documentation and publication. in C Clivaz, D Hamidović & S Savant (eds), Ancient Manuscripts in Digital Culture: Visualisation, Data Mining, Communication . vol. 3, Digital Biblical Studies, vol. 3, Brill, Leiden, pp. 133-153. https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004399297_009

Anthology

Houghton, HAG & Montoro, P (eds) 2020, At One Remove: The Text of the New Testament in Early Translations and Quotations. Papers from the Eleventh Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. Texts and Studies, Gorgias Press, Piscataway NJ.

Houghton, HAG, Davies, M & Vinzent, M (eds) 2020, Studia Patristica, Vol. C: Including Papers Presented at the Sixth British Patristics Conference, Birmingham, 5–7 September 2016. vol. 100, Peeters Publishers and Booksellers, Leuven, Leuven.

Book/Film/Article review

Houghton, HAG 2020, 'Book Review: Exemplary Textual Criticism: Review of Elijah Hixson, Scribal Habits in Sixth-Century Greek Purple Codices (NTTSD 61). Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2019', The Expository Times, vol. 131, no. 8, pp. 358–360. https://doi.org/10.1177/0014524620916057

Houghton, HAG 2019, 'Book review: bible biography for believers', The Expository Times, vol. 130, no. 7, pp. 333-334. https://doi.org/10.1177/0014524619826506

Foreword/postscript

Houghton, HAG 2020, Introduction: Studia Patristica Vol. C. in HAG Houghton, M Davies & M Vinzent (eds), Studia Patristica, Vol. C: Including Papers Presented at the Sixth British Patristics Conference, Birmingham, 5–7 September 2016. vol. 100, Peeters Publishers and Booksellers, Leuven, Leuven, pp. 1-2, Sixth British Patristics Conferece, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 5/09/16.

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Expertise

  • Latin and Greek manuscripts of the New Testament

Media experience

  • The Conversation, BBC Radio 4, Premier Christian Radio, KCBS San Francisco

Expertise

  • Using new digital technologies to make editions and transcriptions of manuscripts
  • Biblical manuscripts and electronic editing 
  • The Text of the New Testament
  • Early Christian writers