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The Greek New Testament Catena on the Acts of the Apostles

School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

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About the Project


As part of the European Research Council-funded CATENA project, there is funding for a full-time PhD project studentship to begin on 30th September 2019. The award provides a stipend of £20,500 per annum for three years.

The student will examine manuscripts of the Catena on the Acts of the Apostles, in order to determine the nature of this compilation and the versions extant in Greek New Testament manuscripts. The expectation is that witnesses will be selected, transcribed and collated in order to make the first-ever critical edition of the commentary.

The principal supervisor of the project will be Professor Hugh Houghton, assisted by another member of the project team.

The successful applicant will benefit from:

• Guidance from experts in the field and research training from the University of Birmingham Graduate School
• Work space and resources to attend and present at conferences
• A vibrant research environment in the Department of Theology and Religion and its specialist research Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing


Candidates should have an excellent first degree in a relevant subject such as New Testament or Classics, and is also expected to have completed or be in the point of completing a Masters degree. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a high level of proficiency in New Testament Greek; experience of working with ancient or medieval manuscripts and knowledge of editorial technique are also desirable. Candidates are expected to be computer literate.


Applications should be clearly marked ‘CATENA02’ and sent to the College of Arts and Law Graduate School: [Email Address Removed]

Applicants are required to submit the following:

• A CV
• A writing sample of up to 5000 words
• A covering letter outlining your suitability for the studentship including the names and emails of two academic referees.

A formal application to the University of Birmingham may be required at a later date.

Interviews will be conducted in Birmingham or by video-conference in the week of 25th February 2019.

Funding Notes

The studentship is a stipend only award of £20,500 per annum, which is available for UK/EU and Overseas campus-based students for three years full-time. Students are required to pay their own tuition fees from the studentship.
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