Dr Christina M Kreinecker

Department of Theology and Religion
Research Fellow, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing

Contact details

Room 228, ERI Building
Pritchatts Road
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Kreinecker is a Research Fellow currently working on Greek and Latin texts and manuscripts as part of a project on the Earliest Commentaries on Paul as Sources for the Biblical Text funded by the European Research Council. In recent years, she has contributed to a new edition of the Sahidic Coptic version of the Gospel according to John and worked on the Papyrological Commentaries on the New Testament.

Her publications include monographs on the Coptic Version of the Resurrection narratives and on the social, linguistic and historical background to 2 Thessalonians as provided by documentary papyri. She is also interested in the contemporary reception of the biblical message and its transmission.


  • Magistra in Theology, University of Salzburg, 2005
  • Magistra in Religious Instructions and Classics, University of Salzburg, 2005
  • PhD in Theology, University of Salzburg, 2008
  • PhD in Classics, University of Salzburg, 2010


Dr Christina M Kreinecker is a Research Fellow in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. She has studied Classics and Theology at Salzburg University and holds doctoral degrees in both. 

In the Fall Quarter 2010 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (Illinois, USA). 

From 2005 to 2011 she was a Research Fellow at the Department of Biblical Literature and Ecclesiastical History at the Universityof Salzburg (Austria) and worked in several Research Projects sponsored by the Austrian Science Funds. 

From 2005 to 2007 she worked in a Research Project on the Coptic Biblical Manuscripts, and has contributed to the Editio Critica Maior of the Gospel of John by examining and transcribing the main Sahidic Manuscripts of John.  

From 2007 to 2011 she worked on a Research Project on the Papyrological Commentaries on the New Testament with a special focus on 2 Thessalonians and the Passion Narratives. It was her task to investigate documentary papyri, ostraca and tablets from the Roman Empire from 3rd century BCE to 3rd century CE (both Greek and Latin) to illuminate the text, language, society, and thought of the NewTestament writings as well as the biblical contemporary and social background. 

Her monographs include a study on the Coptic Versions on the Resurrection Accounts, published as volume 39 in the series Arbeiten zur Neutestamentlichen Textforschung by Walter de Gruyter in 2008, and a papyrological study on 2 Thessalonians, published as volume 3 of the Papyrological Commentaries by Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht in 2010. She has also published several articles on biblical literature and on the communication of Christian traditions for an engagement with today’s world. 

She has received several Awards for Academic Excellence by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, the University of Salzburg and private foundations. She has given guest lectures and has presented papers at International Conferences in Europe and North America.



  • 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 aims to examine the commentators' treatment of the biblical text, the manuscript transmission of these works and the re-use of these texts in later writings
  • Papyrological Commentary on the Passion Narratives

Special research areas and interests

  • Biblical Manuscripts and Textual Criticism
  • Greco-Roman World (particularly ancient everyday life) and its influence on New Testament Writings
  • Canonization of the New Testament
  • The Historical Jesus and his message
  • The Message(s) of the New Testament in today’s (post-)postmodern World

Other activities

  • Lecturer for New Testament and Early Christianity at the Edith Stein College, Salzburg (Austria) 
  • Lecturer for New Testament and Early Christianity for the Theological Courses, Vienna (Austria) 
  • Member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).


Books Authored

  • 2. Thessaloniker (Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament 3), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: Göttingen 2010.
  • Koptische Zeugen der Auferstehungsberichte (Arbeiten zur Neutestamentlichen Textforschung 39), Walter de Gruyter: Berlin/New York 2008.  Review by James M. Leonard, Cambridge, <http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/7344_8002.pdf>

Books Edited

  • together with Peter Arzt-Grabner (ed.): Light from the East, Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament. Akten des internationalen Symposions vom 3.–4. Dezember 2009 am Fachbereich Bibelwissenschaft und Kirchengeschichte der Universität Salzburg (Philippika – Marburger Alter–tumskundliche Abhandlungen 39), Harrassowitz Verlag: Wiesbaden 2010.


  • Joy and Sorrow in Everyday Life – Emotions in Documentary Papyri, in: R. Egger-Wenzel/J. Corley (Ed.), Emotions from Ben Sira to Paul, Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature Yearbook 2011, Berlin/New York (forthcoming 2012).
  • Freiheit in der Antike. Aspekte von libertas und ἐλευθερία, in: C. Sedmak (Ed.), Freiheit. Vom Wert der Autonomie (Grundwerte Europas 2), Darmstadt 2011 (in print).
  • Von der bedingungslosen Gabe Gottes und der Würde des Menschen. Der Versuch einer unmöglichen Sprechweise in Gaudium et Spes, in: Magdalena Holztrattner/Franz Gmainer-Pranzl (Hg.), Partnerin der Menschen – Zeugin der Hoffnung. Die Kirche im Licht der Pastoralkonstitution Gaudium et spes (Salzburger Theologische Studien 41), Innsbruck/Wien 2010.
  • How Power and Province Communicate: Some Remarks on the Language of the (Non-)Conversation between Pilate and Jesus, in: Peter Arzt-Grabner/Christina M. Kreinecker, Light from the East, Papyrologische Kommentare zum Neuen Testament (Philippika – Marburger altertumskundliche Abhandlungen 39), Wiesbaden 2010, 169–185.
  • Das Leben bejahen: Jesu Tod, ein Opfer. Zur Bedeutung der unterscheidenden Rede von victima und oblatio: Zeitschrift für Katholische Theologie 128 (2006) 31–52.
  • Gerechtigkeit und Mit-Leid: Die Option für die Armen auf der Basis der βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ als Formalaspekt der Theologie, in: Magdalena Holztrattner (Hg.), Eine vorrangige Option für die Armen im 21. Jahrhundert? (Salzburger Theologische Studien 26), Innsbruck/Wien 2005, 103–120.