Peter Head

Dr Peter Head

Tutor in New Testament


DipMin (BCV), BTh (ACT), MA (LBC/LST CNAA), PhD (Cantab)

Peter comes to Wycliffe Hall for 2016/17 after previous teaching stints in London and Cambridge, including ten years as the Sir Kirby Laing Senior Lecturer in New Testament, a joint appointment between Tyndale House and the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge – probably the best University in the country. Famous for his fastidious tidiness, stylish dress sense, attention to deadlines and quirky sense of humour, Peter remains excited that his sins have been forgiven in/with/through/by Christ crucified – ‘who loved me and gave himself for me’. He is married to Fiona and has two teenage children. His current research looks at the role of the letter carriers in Paul’s epistolary communication. 

Classes Taught

  • Koine Greek
  • John’s Gospel
  • Romans
  • Hebrews


Books & Booklets

  • 2009. How the New Testament Came Together. Cambridge: Grove
  • 2004. Co-editor: The New Testament in its First Century Context: 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
  • 2003. Is the New Testament Reliable? Cambridge: Grove
  • 1998. Editor: Proclaiming the Resurrection: Papers from the First Oak Hill College Annual School of Theology. Carlisle: Paternoster
  • 1997. Christology and the Synoptic Problem: An Argument for Markan Priority. Cambridge: CUP 

Recent Articles and Chapters

  • 2015. “Witnesses between you and us”: The Role of the Letter-Carriers in 1 Clement’ Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity in Honor of Michael W. Holmes (eds D.M. Gurtner, J. Hernández & P. Foster; NTTSD 50; 477-493. Leiden: Brill
  • 2015. ‘Some Observations on Various Features of Scribe D in the New Testament of Codex Sinaiticus’ Codex Sinaiticus: New Perspectives on the Ancient Biblical Manuscript (eds. S. McKendrick, D.C. Parker, A. Myshrall & C. O’Hogan; 127-137. London: British Library
  • 2104. ‘The Letters of Claudius Terentianus and the New Testament: Insights and Observations on Epistolary Themes’ Tyndale Bulletin 65, 219-245.
  • 2014. ‘Tychicus and the Colossian Christians: A Reconsideration of the text of Colossians 4.8’ Texts and Traditions: Essays in Honour of J Keith Elliott (ed. J. Kloha & P. Doble); NTTSD 47; 303-315. Leiden: Brill
  • 2102. ‘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; 429-460. Leiden: E.J. Brill
  • 2012. ‘The Early Text of Mark’ in The Early Text of the New Testament. eds. Charles E. Hill and Michael J. Kruger; 108-120. Oxford: OUP
  • 2011. ‘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; 93-101. London: T&T Clark
  • 2011. ‘Textual Criticism and the Synoptic Problem’ in New Studies in the Synoptic Problem. Oxford Conference, April 2008. Essays in Honour of Christopher M. Tuckett. ed. by P. Foster, A. Gregory, J.S. Kloppenborg and J. Verheyden; Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium 239; 115-156. Leuven: Peeters

Further Links

For copies of publications see Peter's profile.

Peter blogs reasonably regularly at Evangelical Textual Criticism