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Peter Gurry, PhD

Assistant Professor of New Testament
Codirector of Text & Canon Institute

Peter Gurry joined the Phoenix Seminary faculty in 2017 and teaches courses in Greek Language and New Testament literature. His research interests range across the history and formation of the Bible, Greek grammar, and the history of New Testament scholarship. He has presented his work at the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the British New Testament Conference. He and his wife have six children, two cats, and a tortoise and are members at Whitton Avenue Bible Church. He has been known to enjoy cheap fast food, good typography, and Jack London stories.


University of Cambridge, PhD

Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM

Moody Bible Institute, BA



Book coverMyths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism (co-edited with Elijah Hixson). IVP Academic, 2019.
Book coverA New Approach to Textual Criticism: An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (co-authored with Tommy Wasserman). SBL Press/Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2017.

Articles and Chapters

“The Text of Eph 5.22 and the Start of the Ephesian Household Code,” New Testament Studies 67.4 (2021): 560–581.

“On Not Preferring the Shorter Reading: Matthew as a Test Case,” pages 122–141 in Studies on the Intersection of Text, Paratext, and Reception: A Festschrift in Honor of Charles E. Hill, TENT 15, edited by Gregory R. Lanier and J. Nicholas Reid (Leiden: Brill, 2021).

“Metzger, Bruce Manning,” in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 18, edited by Jens Schröter et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020).

“‘A Book Worth Publishing’: The Making of Westcott and Hort’s Greek New Testament (1881),” pages 103–127 in The Future of Textual Scholarship on the New Testament, WUNT 417, edited by Garrick V. Allen (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019).

“Textual Criticism and the Editio Critica Maior of James,” pages 209–229 in Reading the Epistle of James: A Resource for Students, edited by Eric F. Mason and Darian Lockett, Resources for Biblical Study 94 (Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019). Co-authored with Tommy Wasserman.

The Quiet Renaissance in Textual Criticism,” Didaktikos: Journal of Theological Education 2.4 (2018): 40–42.

The Harklean Syriac and the Development of the Byzantine Text: A Historical Test for the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM),” Novum Testamentum 60.2 (2018): 183–200.

“A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in the Catholic Epistles,” Tyndale Bulletin 68.2 (2017): 317–319.

How Your Greek New Testament Is Changing: A Simple Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM),” JETS 59.4 (2016): 675–689.

The Number of Variants in the Greek New Testament: A Proposed Estimate,” New Testament Studies 62.1 (2016): 97–121.

Popular Writing & Media

Is the Rich Man and Lazarus a Parable?” The Gospel Coalition, March 28, 2019.

Are the Gospels Anonymous?” ink 1 (2018): 11.

The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy?” The Alisa Childers Podcast, October 15, 2018

Are We Proclaiming a Hell We Don’t Deserve—and a Christ We Do?The Gospel Coalition, April 9, 2018.

The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method,” Christ the Center podcast, February 10, 2017

Interview on the Naked Bible Podcast with Michael Heiser, November 23, 2016


Dr. Gurry’s book reviews are available here.

He blogs at Evangelical Textual Criticism.

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