Resident Faculty

Peter Gurry

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Assistant Professor, New Testament

PhD, University of Cambridge
ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
BA, Moody Bible Institute


Peter Gurry joined the Phoenix Seminary faculty in 2017. He teaches courses in Greek Language and New Testament literature. His research interests range across Greek grammar, New Testament textual criticism, Christian Syriac literature and culture, the General Epistles, the doctrine of the atonement, and Biblical scholarship in Victorian era. He has presented his research in academic forums such as SBL, ETS, the British New Testament Conference, and the Oxbridge Biblical Studies Conference. Before moving to Phoenix, he and his family attended Faith Bible Church in Cincinnati and Christ Church in Cambridge. He is married to Kris and they have four young, highly-energetic children. Among other things, he enjoys cheap fast food, good typography, and Jack London stories.

Ministry Experience

2013–2016, Occasional Preacher and regular children’s Sunday school teacher, Christ Church, Cambridge

2007–2008, Pastoral Intern, Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati

2005–2007, Director of the Moody Kids Club, Cabrini Green, Chicago

Select Publications


An Introduction to the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method. Atlanta: SBL Press/Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, forthcoming. Co-authored with Tommy Wasserman.

Articles & Chapters

“Textual Criticism of James,” in Reading the Epistle of James: A Resource for Students, edited by Eric F. Mason and Darian Lockett. Resources for Biblical Study. Atlanta: SBL Press, forthcoming. Co-authored with Tommy Wasserman.

“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.


Yii-Jan Lin, The Erotic Life of Manuscripts: New Testament Textual Criticism and the Biological Sciences (Oxford: OUP, 2016), Bulletin of Biblical Research, forthcoming.

Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts, Foundations of New Testament Textual Criticism (Eerdmans, 2015), Themelios 41.2 (2016): 328–30. (online)

Stephen C. Carlson, The Text of Galatians and Its History, WUNT II 385 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), Journal of Theological Studies 67.1 (2016): 258–61.

Samer Soreshow Yohanna, The Gospel of Mark in the Syriac Harklean Version: An Edition Based upon the Earliest Witnesses, Biblica et Orientalia 52 (Rome: Gregorian & Biblical Press, 2015), Evangelical Textual Criticism. (online)

Peter R. Rodgers, Text and Story: Narrative Studies in New Testament Textual Criticism (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011), Themelios 40.1 (2015): 132–133. (online)

Eric W. Scherbenske, Canonizing Paul: Ancient Editorial Practice and the Corpus Paulinum (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), Themelios 38.3 (2013): 475–76. (online)

Derek Flood, Healing the Gospel: A Radical Vision for Grace, Justice, and the Cross (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012), The Gospel Coalition. (online)


“A Comparative Study of Scribal Tendencies in James: The CBGM and Singular Readings,” Society of Biblical Literature Meeting, November, 2016.

“Recent Developments in Editing the Greek New Testament,” Summer School in Textual Criticism, University of Ferrara, Italy, July 7, 2016.

“New Evidence in Textual Criticism: Using Pre-Genealogical Coherence in the Matthean Divorce Passages,” Oxbridge Biblical Studies Conference, University of Oxford, April 29, 2016.

“The Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM) and Scribal Habits in the Book of James,” British New Testament Conference, University of Edinburgh, September 4, 2015.

“A Response to ‘Irenaeus and Works of the Law: An Early Perspective on Paul,’” Oxbridge Biblical Studies Conference, University of Cambridge, May 1, 2015.

“The Harklean Syriac, the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method (CBGM), and the Development of the Byzantine Text: The State of Their Union,” Syriac Intellectual Culture in Late Antiquity, Oxford University, January 30, 2015.

“Demanding a Recount: Estimating the Number of Variants in the Greek New Testament,” Evangelical Theological Society Meeting, November 20, 2014.