Andrew Patton holding a manuscript
Andrew J Patton

Andrew J. Patton is a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven in Belgium contributing to the Editio Critica Maior of 1 Corinthians on the project 1COR: Text, Transmission, and Translation of 1 Corinthians in the First Millennium (funded by the Research Foundation Flanders [FWO]). His research examines the transmission of the text of 1 Corinthians in Greek manuscripts and early Christian writings.

He earned his PhD in Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham (UK), studying in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE) under Professor Hugh Houghton. His PhD was fully funded by the CATENA project (European Research Council, Horizon 2020). Andrew’s doctoral research examined the catenae on the gospels produced in the sixth to the ninth centuries. This form of commentary on the gospels is composed of a series of excerpts from the writings and homilies of multiple early Christian writers and was popular in late antique Byzantium. The thesis provides fresh insight into the texts, composition, and manuscript tradition of these commentaries.

Andrew’s article “Greek Catenae and the ‘Western’ Order of the Gospels” (Novum Testamentum, 2022) was awarded the University of Birmingham’s Michael K. O’Rourke Best Publication Award for the College of Arts and Law. His recent article “Direct Copying in a Group of Gospel Manuscripts with Catenae” (New Testament Studies, 2023) proves that the sixteenth-century gospelbook GA 377 is a direct copy of the twelfth-century codex GA 807. Another publication, “Unchaining the Scriptures” (TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticsm, 2023), contends that in some catena manuscripts, the biblical text is a paratext for the commentaries, reversing the standard explanation of how the scriptures relate to other elements within a manuscript. He has published various other studies on Greek New Testament manuscripts and catenae and presented his research at several international conferences related to biblical studies and Byzantine studies.

He holds a Masters of Theology in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religious Studies at Aurora University.

Andrew previously worked at the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts (CSNTM) a US-based non-profit organization that digitizes Greek New Testament manuscripts and hosts a digital library of manuscript images. His primary roles were fundraising and administration. He also took an active part in the academic side of CSNTM’s mission including working on multiple digitization projects in Greece and the United States.

Andrew’s non-academic pursuits include cooking, visiting museums, and travelling with his family.