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Peter Gurry, PhD

Associate Professor of New Testament
Director 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 of the Bible, Greek grammar, and the history of New Testament scholarship. He has published his work in major academic journals and 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 and one cat and he is an elder 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

“Textual Criticism in Early Protestant English Bibles,” in Pen, Print, and Pixels (title TBD), edited by Daniel B. Wallace and Elijah Hixson (Peabody, MI: Hendrickson, forthcoming).

“Text-Types and the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Textual Criticism of the Bible, edited by Sidnie White Crawford and Tommy Wasserman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

The Initial Text and Inerrancy,” Presbyterion 49.1 (2023): 54–67.

A Textual, Lexical, and Ethical Challenge to the ‘Principle of Reciprocity’: A Response to Lynn H. Cohick, ‘Loving and Submitting to One Another in Marriage,’” Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology 5.1 (2023): 40–45.

“Comma Johanneum,” in Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, edited by David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte (Leiden: Brill).

“Textual Criticism,” pages 1041–1048 in The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, 2nd ed., edited by Scot McKnight, Lynn Cohick, and Nijay Gupta (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2023).

“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.

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

Articles at

5 Surprising Books to Help Navigate the Gender Debates” The Gospel Coalition, January 5, 2023.

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

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


Dr. Gurry’s book reviews are available here.

He blogs at Evangelical Textual Criticism.

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