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Subject: New Testament Textual Criticism

Thesis Title: The Subscriptions to the Pauline Epistles: Their Development and Traditions

Thesis Description:

My thesis is about the subscriptions (end titles) to the Pauline Epistles in Greek New Testament manuscripts. I will transcribe and collate all extant subscriptions to illuminate their charactaristics and development. Once I have a comprehensive view of the textual variants I will investigate possible sources for the traditions found in the subscriptions to the Pauline Epistles and relate to where the epistle was written and/or who carried it or its amanuensis. I will also use the data to investigate the genealogy of manuscripts.


Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Prof. Hugh Houghton, ITSEE, University of Birmingham.

Prof. Thomas O'Loughlin, University of Nottingham

Dr. Catherine Smith, ITSEE, University of Birmingham



  • To be published: Tommy Wasserman and Linnea Thorp, "The Tradition and Development of the Subscriptions to 1 Timothy" in

    Paratextual Features of New Testament Papyrology and Early Christian Manuscripts, ed. Stanley E. Porter, et al (TENT; Leiden-Boston: Brill).

Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

Year: 2017


Other Research Interests:

  • New Testament Exegesis
  • Pauline Epistles
  • Synoptic Gospels


Linnea Thorp (née Arvedal)

PhD Candidate

University of Birmingham

University email address:

Twitter: @arvedal



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