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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, Zach has been interested in the details of how we got the Bible. After graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a degree in Biblical Studies (2009), he went on to Dallas Theological Seminary for a ThM in New Testament (2012). He recently 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. He is currently studying one particularly odd manuscript of the Gospels, Codex Washingtonianus, and he hopes to shed some light on its text, physical composition, and place in early Christian worship.

As an ordained minister, Zach is also 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.


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