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Dr Peter M. Head

Sir Kirby Laing Senior Lecturer in New Testament

Peter teaches New Testament in the Faculty of Divinity (recent teaching is listed here, RAE entry here [browse]), supervises students for dissertations at Masters and PhD levels, and undertakes research at Tyndale House. He blogs regularly at Evangelical Textual Criticism.

Contact Details:

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DPS (BCV, 1983); BTh (ACT, 1984), MA (LBA/CNAA, 1986), PhD (Cantab, 1994)

Research Interests:

Jesus, Synoptic Gospels, NT Manuscripts, and many other things.

Early Greek Bible Manuscripts Project

Lecture Material

The History of the Interpretation of the Apostle Paul

NT and Papyrology

PhD Seminars:

2000-2001: Justification and Variegated Nomism: Texts and Issues in Jewish Soteriology





'Observations on Early Papyri of the Synoptic Gospels, especially on the "Scribal Habits"' Biblica 71.2(1990), 240-247.

'A Text-Critical Study of Mark 1.1: 'The Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.'' New Testament Studies 37.4 (1991), 621-629.

'Tatian's Christology and its Influence on the Composition of the Diatessaron' Tyndale Bulletin 43.1(1992), 121-137.  Tatian On-line

'On the Christology of the Gospel of Peter' Vigiliae Christianae 46.3(1992), 209-224.

'Christology and Textual Transmission: Reverential Alterations in the Synoptic Gospels' Novum Testamentum 35.2(1993), 105-129.

'The Foreign God and the Sudden Christ: Theology and Christology in Marcion's Gospel Redaction' Tyndale Bulletin 44.2(1993), 307-321. Marcion On-line

'Acts and the Problem of its Texts' The Book of Acts in its Ancient Literary Setting (ed B.W.Winter & A.D. Clarke; The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting vol 1; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans & Carlisle: Paternoster, 1993), 415-444. Text of Acts On-line

'The Self-Offering and Death of Christ as a Sacrifice in the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles' Sacrifice in the Bible (ed. R.T. Beckwith & M. Selman; Carlisle: Paternoster & Grand Rapids: Baker, 1995), 111-129. On line Sacrifice

'Christology and the Synoptic Problem' Tyndale Bulletin 46(1995), 197-200. [Thesis Abstract]

'The Date of the Magdalen Papyrus of Matthew (P. Magd. Gr. 17 = P64): A Response to C.P. Thiede', Tyndale Bulletin 46.2(1995), 251-285. Date of P. Magd. Gr. 17 = P64: On-line version

(with M. Warren), 'Re-inking the Pen: Evidence from P. Oxy. 657 (P13) concerning unintentional scribal errors', New Testament Studies 43(1997), 466-473. On line Reinking

'The Curse of Covenant Reversal: Deuteronomy 28.58-68 and Israel's Exile', Churchman 111(1997), 218-226.

'The Duration of Divine Judgement in the New Testament' 'The reader must understand': Eschatology in Bible and Theology (eds K.E. Brower & M.W. Elliott; Leicester: Apollos (IVP), 1997), 221-227.

'Jesus' Resurrection in Pauline Thought: A Study in Romans' in Proclaiming the Resurrection: Papers from the First Oak Hill College Annual School of Theology (ed. P.M. Head; Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998), 58-80. On-line Resurrection

'Some Recently Published NT Papyri from Oxyrhynchus: An Overview and Preliminary Assessment' Tyndale Bulletin 51 (2000), 1-16. On-line version On-line review by Dan Wallace

The Role of Eyewitnesses in the Formation of the Gospel Tradition: A review article of Samuel Byrskog’s Story as History – History as StoryTyndale Bulletin 52 (2001), 275-294.

‘Fragments of Six Newly Identified Greek Bible Manuscripts in a Cambridge Collection: A Preliminary Report’ TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (SBL on-line journal) 8 (2003).

A Further Note on [A. R. Millard's] Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus,’ Evangelical Quarterly 75.4 (2003), 343-345.

Q Review’ (with P.J. Williams), Tyndale Bulletin 54 (2003), 119–144. [My contribution is pp. 119-130, see note 4] HeadandWilliamsQReview (pdf)

The Nazi Quest for an Aryan JesusJournal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 2 (2004), 56–90.

Papyrological Perspectives on Luke’s Predecessors (Luke 1.1)’ in The New Testament in its First Century Setting: Essays on Context and Background in Honour of B.W. Winter on His 65th Birthday (eds. P.J. Williams; A.D. Clarke; D.I. Brewer; P.M. Head; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004), 30–45.

Singular Readings in the Early Fragmentary Papyri of John: Some Observations on the Habits of New Testament CopyistsBiblica 85.3 (2004), 399–408.

A New Manuscript of Jeremiah in Greek according to the Lucianic Recension (de Hamel MS 391; Rahlfs 897)Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies 36 (2003), 27–37.

The Temple in Luke’s Gospel’, a chapter in T.D. Alexander, S.J. Gathercole, eds. Heaven on Earth: The Temple in Biblical Theology (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2004), 101–119.

P. Bodmer II (P66): Three Fragments IdentifiedNovum Testamentum 47 (2005), 105-108.

Is P4, P64 and P67 the Oldest Manuscript of the Four Gospels? A Response to T.C. SkeatNew Testament Studies 51 (2005) 450-457

An Unidentified Theological Fragment from the Fifth Century in a Private Collection in Cambridge (de Hamel MS 373)Tyndale Bulletin 56 (2005), 35-38.

A Newly Discovered Manuscript of Luke’s Gospel (de Hamel MS 386; Gregory-Aland 0312)’ in New Testament Manuscripts: Their Texts and Their World (eds Thomas J. Kraus & Tobias Nicklas; Texts and Editions for New Testament Study 2; Leiden: E.J. Brill; 2006), 105-120.

The Gospel of Judas and the Qarara Codices: Some Preliminary Observations’ Tyndale Bulletin 58.1 (2007), 1-23.

(with D.M. Wheeler & W. Willker), ‘P. Bodmer II (P66): Three Fragments Identified: A CorrectionNovum Testamentum 50/1 (2008), 78-80.

Scribal Behaviour and Theological Tendencies in Singular Readings in P. Bodmer II (P66)’ in Textual Variation: Theological and Social Tendencies? The Fifth Birmingham Colloquium on New Testament Textual Criticism (eds H.A.G. Houghton & D.C. Parker; Texts and Studies, Third Series; Gorgias Press, 2008), 55-74.

Five New Testament Manuscripts: Recently Discovered Fragments in a Private Collection in CambridgeJournal of Theological Studies 59 (2008), 520-545.

The Gospel of Mark in Codex Sinaiticus: Textual and Reception-Historical ConsiderationsTC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism (SBL on-line journal) 13 (October 2008), 1-38.

Named Letter-Carriers among the Oxyrhynchus PapyriJournal for the Study of the New Testament 31.3 (2009), 279-299.

Letter Carriers in the Ancient Jewish Epistolary Material’ in Jewish and Christian Scripture as Artifact and Canon (eds. C.A. Evans & H.D. Zacharias; SSEJC 13; LNTS 70; London: T & T Clark / Continuum, 2009), 203-219.

Editio Critica Maior: An Introduction and Assessment’, Tyndale Bulletin 61.1 (2010), 131-152.

‘Susannah Heschel’s The Aryan Jesus: A Response’ JSNT 32.4 (2010), 421-430.

‘Textual Criticism and the Synoptic Problem’ in New Studies in the Synoptic Problem. Oxford Conference, April 2008. Essays in Honour of Christopher M. Tuckett (edited by P. Foster, A. Gregory, J.S. Kloppenborg and J. Verheyden; Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 239; Leuven: Peeters, 2011), 115-156.

‘Graham Stanton and the Four-Gospel Codex: Reconsidering the Manuscript Evidence’ Jesus, Matthew’s Gospel and Early Christianity: Studies in Memory of Graham N. Stanton (eds D.M. Gurtner; J. Willits, & R.A. Burridge, LNTS 435; London: T&T Clark, 2011), 93-101.

‘The Early Text of Mark’ in The Early Text of the New Testament (eds. Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger; Oxford: OUP, 2012), 108-120.

‘Additional Greek Witnesses to the New Testament (Ostraca, Amulets, Inscriptions, and Other Sources)’ in The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis. Second Edition (eds M.W. Holmes & B.D. Ehrman; NTTSD 42; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2012), 429-460.

Other Items:

·         Bible Study Notes on Ephesians

·         Sermon: ‘How to Spell Habakkuk’ Habakkuk 3