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Dr Zachary J. Cole

Biblical Studies Department

Dr Zachary J. Cole


Lecturer in Biblical Studies
P: 028 9020 5080

Before joining the Union faculty in 2016, Zach taught in the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. His primary area of research is New Testament studies, with special interest in textual criticism, papyrology, and apocryphal gospels.

Ever since his undergraduate studies, he has been interested in the details of how we got the Bible. After graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a BA in Biblical Studies (2009), he went on to Dallas Theological Seminary for a ThM in New Testament (2012). He  completed a PhD in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, UK (2016), where he undertook research on the physical and material culture of the early Christians and their books.

At Union, he contributes to the teaching of most New Testament modules and all levels of Greek.

As an assistant minister at Maze and Ballinderry Presbyterian churches, Zach is active in church life and is committed to equipping people to handle critical questions about the Bible. He is married to Kayla, and they have two young daughters, Fiona and Ivy.


Review of The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, by Dirk Jongkind, Expository Times 129.11 (2018), 538.

Review of Ancient Apocryphal Gospels, by Markus Bockmuehl, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 61.1 (2018), 200-3

Review of The Pericope of the Adulteress in Contemporary Research, by David Black and Jacob Cerone, Review of Biblical Literature (2017)

"Early Christian Bibles: Form and Function, "Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, 7 July 2017


Numerals in Early Greek New Testament Manuscripts: Text-critical, Scribal, and Theological Studies, New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents 53. Leiden: Brill, 2017.

‘P45 and the Problem of the Seventy(-two): A Case for the Longer Reading in Luke 10.1 and 17.’ New Testament Studies 63.2 (2017), 203-21

‘Coincidence of Numerical Abbreviations in the Western Paulines: Implications for Textual Relatedness.’ Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 62.2 (2016), 350-60.

‘An Unseen Paleographical Problem with Milne and Skeat’s Dictation Theory of Codex Sinaiticus.’ Journal of Biblical Literature 135.1 (2016), 103–107.

(with Elijah Hixson), ‘A Majuscule Lectionary Manuscript of John’s Gospel at the University of Edinburgh.’ Expository Times 127.6 (2016), 261–68.

‘Evaluating Scribal Freedom and Fidelity: Number-Writing Techniques in Codex Washingtonianus (W 032).’ Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 52 (2015), 225–238.

Dr Zachary J. Cole