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Rev Dr Pete Phillips, Director, CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology

Revd Dr Peter Phillips, PhD, MA (Biblical Studies), BA (Latin and Greek)

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Research Fellow in Digital Theology in the Department of Theology and Religion
Director, CODEC Research Centre for Digital Theology of St John's College
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43896

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Director of Research, CODEC

With a background in New Testament teaching and research, I 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. I 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. We won about £750K of funding from various resources and I became full-time Director of the Centre with a key role in ongoing strategic development and for establishing what we mean by Digital Theology. We now have a staff of four research fellows and an administrator, along with several research associates.

We are currently exploring the establishment of a North European Collaboratory in Digital Theology - more news soon.

CODEC is very keen to work with PhD students in the areas of Theological, Religious and Biblical Studies when they relates to Digital Culture, Digital Humanities/Studies or Contemporary Ecclesial Practice. I currently have a number of PhD students already working in these areas but would welcome further conversations.

Passionate about the Bible and teaching, my interests also include postmodernism, theology and the arts, film and football.

International Collaboration

  • North European Collaboratory on Digital Theology

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

Teaching Areas

  • MA in Bible in the Digital Age (30 hours/year.)
  • MediaLit (40 hours/year.)
  • New Testament Texts: Paul and John (40 hours/year.)

Selected Publications

Authored book

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

Chapter in book

  • (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.
  • (2009). "Rhetoric". In Words and the Word. IVP Apollos. 226-265.
  • (2006). "Biblical Studies and Intertextuality: Should the work of Genette and Eco broaden our horizons?". In The Intertextuality of the Epistles: Explorations of Theory and Practice. Sheffield Phoenix Press. 35-45.

Journal Article

  • (2013). "The Bible as Augmented Reality". Theology and Ministry Journal 1(1).
  • (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.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • (2013). "Digital Communication, the Church and Mission". Resourcing Mission Bulletin

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  • Religion: Fusion of issues around theology and contemporary culture - digital, arts, culture, humanities, theology Impact of digital culture on us as human beings New Testament interpretation and role of the Bible in the development of the Christian Church