Doctoral Dissertation on Codex Bezae Defended

I am excited to announce that earlier today I successfully defended my dissertation, entitled A History of Codex Bezae’s Text in the Gospel of Mark, for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Many thanks to my supervisor, Prof. Dr. Holger Strutwolf, the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF), and the Faculty of Evangelical Theology at the University of Münster!

The thesis I defended contends that the distinctive elements of Codex Bezae’s Greek text of Mark can be credibly dated to the last decades of the fourth century, just before production of the manuscript itself, and that these elements appear in large part to have been appropriated from the Latin version, though not from the Latin column. By “distinctive elements” I mean essentially those readings that Bezae’s text does not share with the Greek mainstream or with Greek witnesses in its Hauptliste.1 The process appears to have been by correction of an existing Greek base text (aka. diorthosis) and finds a contemporary analogy in Jerome’s selective revision of the Old Latin gospels.


  1. With certain qualifications. For Bezae’s Hauptliste, see K. Aland et al., Text und Textwert der griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments 4.1.2. Das Markusevangelium (2 vols.; ANTF 27; Berlin: De Gruyter, 1998) 438-441.

2 thoughts on “Doctoral Dissertation on Codex Bezae Defended

  1. Hello, Peter. First of all, congratulations on your successful defense. That’s quite an accomplishment. I am something of a beginning lay hobbyist in text critical topics. I’m working on a personal project, and through the magic of Google I have found your blog, and it seems you are an expert on D. I have come across a problem that is stymieing me (I cannot come up with an explanation that I find satisfactory), and I was wondering if you would be willing to field a few questions from me. If so, it would be great if you could shoot me an e-mail. Best, Joe.

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