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

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 am currently leading work on the Editio Critica Maior of Galatians. In 2021, I became a member of the editorial committee of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament and the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece

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. I was co-investigator on the AHRC Codex Zacynthius project from 2018–20. From 2018–23, I am principal investigator on the European Research Council CATENA project. 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 in 2017. I served as Director of Research for the Department of Theology and Religion from 2017 to 2021. I am one of the convenors of the Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament. I have been executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series for over a decade, and serve on various editorial boards including the Journal of Theological Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina.

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

Feedback and office hours

My office is Room 347 in the ERI Building.

All post should be addressed to me at ITSEE, Department of Theology and Religion, 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 of Theological Studies and New Testament Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols). He is on the editorial committee of the United Bible Societies' Greek New Testament and the Nestle-Aland Novum Testamentum Graece.

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

The manuscripts and textual history of the New Testament


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
  • 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://doi.org/10.1515/9783110516371

Houghton, HAG, Manafis, P & Myshrall, A 2020, The Palimpsest Catena of Codex Zacynthius: Text and Translation. Texts and Studies (Third Series), vol. 22, Gorgias Press, Piscataway NJ.

Recent publications

Book

Houghton, HAG & Parker, DC 2020, Codex Zacynthius: Catena, Palimpsest, Lectionary. Texts and Studies (Third Series), vol. 21, 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

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

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.

Book/Film/Article review

Houghton, HAG 2022, 'Review of Evina Steinova, Notam superponere studui. The Use of Annotation Symbols in the Early Middle Ages.', Early Medieval Europe, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 150-153. https://doi.org/10.1111/emed.12527

Houghton, HAG 2022, 'Review of J.-C. Haelewyck, ed., Vetus Latina. Die Reste der altlateinischen Bibel. 14.1 Danihel. Fascicule 1: Introduction, Dn 13,1-10. Fascicule 2: Dn 13,11-64; 1,1-3,17. Freiburg: Herder, 2021', The Journal of Theological Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flac038

Houghton, HAG 2022, 'Review of Perspectives on New Testament Textual Criticism, Volume 2. Collected Essays, 2006–2017. By ELDON JAY EPP', The Journal of Theological Studies. https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flac050

Houghton, HAG 2021, 'Review of Daniel L. Akin and Thomas W. Hudgins, eds., Getting into the Text. New Testament Essays in Honor of David Alan Black. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2017', Estudios Biblicos, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 359‑361. <https://dialnet.unirioja.es/ejemplar/584556>

Houghton, HAG 2021, 'Review of Dorotei Getov, A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscripts in the National Library “Sts. Cyril and Methodius”, Sofia. Transmission des Textes: Catalogues. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, vol. 2021, no. 2, 40. <https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2021/2021.02.40/>

Houghton, HAG 2021, 'Review of Jens Schröter, Tobias Nicklas, Joseph Verheyden, eds. Gospels and Gospel Traditions in the Second Century. Experiments in Reception (BZNW 235). Berlin & New York: De Gruyter, 2019', Novum Testamentum, vol. 63, no. 1, pp. 131-132. https://doi.org/10.1163/15685365-12341685

Houghton, HAG 2021, 'Review of Pierre-Maurice Bogaert and Jean-Claude Haelewyck, Vetus Latina: Die Reste der altlateinischen Bibel. 7/2: Judith. Freiburg: Herder, 2019–20.', The Journal of Theological Studies, vol. 72, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.1093/jts/flab080

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

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.

Scholarly edition

Houghton, HAG, Myshrall, A & Smith, C 2021, A collation of the Greek manuscripts selected for the Editio Critica Maior of the Epistle to the Galatians. <http://itseeweb.bham.ac.uk/epistulae/apparatus/galatians/>

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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 

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