Research at the University of Birmingham

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Profiles of Research at Birmingham

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Paul's understanding of salvation in Galatians by Kyuseok Han

Arabic Gospels by Hikmat Kachouh

Teaching New Testament Greek by Alana Taylor


These profiles reflect only a small part of what are often very complex and technical arguments which are the culmination of years of painstaking study and hard work. Therefore please respect their research by ensuring that any reference to their work is properly acknowledged. 

As well as offering a 2 year part-time Certificate in Theology and a 3 year, full-time BA in Theology, the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham has over 300 postgraduate researchers.

One of the main sites for postgraduate Biblical research is the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion which is located on the Selly Oak Campus. The Institute provides the home for a number of research centres, which include: the Centre for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (CSIC), the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies and the Centre for the Study of South Asian Religions and Interreligious Relations.


One of the great strengths of the department is the wide and varied range of postgraduate research. This page will highlight some of this research.

For some time, Birmingham has been a leading international centre for editing texts. Recently this has undergone an exciting development with the establishment of ITSEE (Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing). Here scholars from a wide range of disciplines can share expertise and resources. Some of the projects include:

The Greek New Testament
A critical edition of the Gospel according to St John, prepared by members of the International Greek New Testament Project and the Institut für Neutestamentliche Textforschung in Germany.

Vetus Latina Iohannes
A critical edition of the Old Latin translations of the Gospel according to St John, for publication in both electronic and print format.
Codex Sinaiticus digitisation project
A digital edition of Codex Sinaiticus, prepared in collaboration with the four libraries holding parts of the manuscript.
Clement of Llanthony's Gospel Harmony
A mediaeval version of the four gospels in Latin.
Arabic Gospel manuscripts
An investigation into the oldest Arabic manuscripts of the Gospels.