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The Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute exists to encourage research and publication of scholarly work on the history of the canon and the text of the Bible.

To accomplish this mission, the Institute:

  1. fosters and supports scholarly research, academic colloquia, conferences, and professional presentations on biblical and related ancient texts, traditions, languages, methods of textual criticism, and the history of the canon.
  2. serves the church by providing publications and public events that illuminate the integrity of the Bible’s textual history and canonization.

For more about the institute’s work, read this interview with the directors.

Support the Institute

Your gift goes directly to supporting excellent scholarship, training for the next generation, and providing quality resources for the church. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Institute Events & Initiatives

Church Conference: Feb. 21–22

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. But how did this group of ancient books written and then copied over millennia become the Bible we now know? Join internationally known speakers about how the Bible has been copied, collected, and confessed as God’s sacred words.

ThM Fellowship

The Text & Canon Institute Fellowship is a one-year scholarship and mentoring program for a student in the Phoenix Seminary ThM program. Preference is given for those who intend to pursue doctoral studies in Old or New Testament textual criticism, canon studies, or ancillary disciplines.

Origen Colloquium: Nov. 18–19

Twenty five years after Oxford’s Rich Seminar sparked a renaissance of research on Origen’s Hexapla, the Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute will host top Origen scholars from around the world for its first colloquium to explore his textual scholarship and its reception in late antiquity.


Dr. John Meade
Assoc. Professor of Old Testament

John Meade (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) teaches Old Testament language and literature courses along with Greek electives and Biblical Theology at Phoenix Seminary. He is a contributor of the Hexapla Institute for which his A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22–42 (Peeters) has been published as the first volume in the series. He is co-author of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity (OUP) and is also a Member at Large of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies and co-chairs the Steering Committee for the Septuagint Studies section at the Evangelical Theological Society.  Learn more →

Dr. Peter Gurry
Asst. Professor of New Testament

Peter Gurry (PhD, University of Cambridge) teaches courses in Greek Language and New Testament literature. He is the author of A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in New Testament Textual Criticism (Brill) and an editor of Myths and Mistakes in New Testament Textual Criticism (IVP). He has published his work in New Testament Studies and Novum Testamentum and has worked to digitize and edit manuscripts with the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts and the Museum of the Bible. He is also a Board Member for the Institute for Biblical Research and a sub-editor in text and canon for Religious Studies ReviewLearn more →

Advisory Board

Peter J. Gentry
Donald L. Williams Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Charles E. Hill
John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando)

Dirk Jongkind
Academic Vice Principal, Tyndale House (Cambridge)
Fellow of St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge

Daniel B. Wallace
Executive Director, Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts
Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

P. J. Williams
Principal, Tyndale House (Cambridge)
Chair of the International Greek New Testament Project

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