Peter Phillips

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Affiliation:   Durham University


Why I am supporting the Academic Book of the Future Project:Peter Phillips

Digital culture is changing everything. The research that CODEC is involved in focuses a great deal on the amalgamation of disruptive technologies which have come together to form what we term ‘the digital’. As such, I am intrigued to see how we explore academic communication in the future and whether we maintain the concept of the book within contemporary society, and especially the academic monograph which holds such prestige within the academy.


Research Interests:

  • New Testament
  • Johannine Literature – especially Fourth Gospel
  • New Testament Interpretation
  • Postmodern Interpretatation
  • Digital Culture
  • Biblical Literacy
  • Being Human in a Digital Age
  • Digital Humanities


Recent Publications:


(2006). The Prologue of the Fourth Gospel: A Sequential Reading. T&T Clark.


(2013). “A Responsive Chorus: The Samaritans of Sychar”. In Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel. Mohr Siebeck. 314: 292-299.

(2013). “Methodists and the Bible”. In Ashgate Companion to World Methodism. Ashgate.

(2013). “The Woman Caught in Adultery: Nameless, Partnerless, Defenceless”. In Character Studies in the Fourth Gospel. Mohr Siebeck. 314: 407-421.


(2008). “Casting out the Treasure: Matthew 13:52”. Journal for the Study of the New Testament 31(1): 3-24.

(2004). 1 Peter as Rhetorical Theology. South African Baptist Journal of Theology 13: 124-132.


Other Information:

With a background in New Testament teaching and research, Peter moved to St John’s College, Durham in 2008 taking up the challenge to foster and develop, part-time, a cutting edge digital theology research programme at CODEC – exploring Biblical Literacy, Preaching, and Communication in a Digital Age. He also taught NT in Cranmer Hall, supervised research students and worked half-time for the Methodist Church in Great Britain as their Faith and Order Secretary.

In July 2015, CODEC became a full Research Centre of the University exploring Digital Theology. The Centre won about £750K of funding from various resources and Peter became full-time Director of the Centre with a key role in ongoing strategic development and for establishing what we mean by Digital Theology. They now have a staff of four research fellows and an administrator, along with several research associates.


See Peter’s University of Durham profile

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