Hugh Houghton

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

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.


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 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 a Director of the International Patristics Conference. He serves as executive editor of the Texts and Studies book series and on various editorial boards including the journal New Testament Studies and the Corpus Christianorum series latina (Brepols).


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

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Dr Houghton is interested in supervising doctoral research on the text of the New Testament; Greek and Latin manuscripts; early Christian writers and their use of the Bible; and language and translation in the early Church.


  • BS The Bible - New Testament, Latin, Greek, textual criticism, gospels, epistles