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. He is currently Principal Investigator of the European Research Council CATENA project and co-investigator of the AHRC Codex Zacynthius Project. Professor 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 Executive Editor for the Pauline Epistles and 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. He was appointed one of the two General Editors for the Novum Testamentum Graecum Editio Critica Maior edition of the Pauline Epistles by the German Bible Society in 2017.
Professor 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 produced the first-ever translation of the rediscovered fourth-century Commentary on the Gospels by Fortunatianus of Aquileia for the CSEL, and has recently overseen a collation of the Old Latin evidence for the principal Pauline Epistles. He has edited five volumes of collected papers in the fields of New Testament and early Christian writings, with more in preparation. 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.
Professor Houghton has served on numerous advisory and editorial boards, including the journal New Testament Studies.