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Cert. (Lincoln College School of Palaeography)

B.Sc. (Liberty University)
M.Div (Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary)
Th.M. (Phoenix Seminary)
Ph.D. (University of Birmingham)


  • Faith Examined: New Arguments for Persistent Questions. ed. Clark R. Bates (Eugene, OR: 2024). (Forthcoming)

  • That Nothing May Be Lost: The New Testament Text and its Transmission as Observed in Fragments Papers
    from the Twelfth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
    , eds Andrew J. Patton, Clark R. Bates, Emmanuele Scieri, and Jacopo Marcon (Piscataway, NJ: 2022).

  • “Materializing Unity: New Testament Catenae as Vessels for Ecclesial and Imperial Reform.” TC: A Journal for Biblical Textual Criticism. (Forthcoming, 2024)

  • “Greek Manuscripts in Birmingham: A Catalogue.” Byzantine Review, 1 (April 2022), 

  • “Stoudios: The Convergence of History, Paleography and Textual Criticism on the Greek
    Minuscule Hand.” Diogenes, 11 (2021)

  • “The Paradox of the Easy Yoke: A Survey of Χρηστός in Greek Literature and the
    Interpretational Implications for Matthew 11:30.” The Expository Times, 131(1) (2019).

Clark Bates
Professor of New Testament


Clark Bates is from the St. Louis-Metro area in the United States, but currently lives with his family in the United Kingdom. He and his family moved to the city of Birmingham, UK to complete his PhD with the University of Birmingham, where he researched with the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing (ITSEE), in the Department of Theology and Religion. His research focus was the Pre-Medieval Greek commentary tradition of Ephesians and is collating and translating
Greek manuscripts from the 9th to the 12th century to create a critical edition. Clark’s research passions are for the study of the New Testament and the history of the
church, particularly between the 4th and 10th centuries.

In addition to his research activities, Clark attends Kings Church Birmingham, where he co-leads a Bible reading group, guiding new believers through Scripture. He also
tutors individuals in NT Greek. Prior to coming to the UK, Clark served as a teaching elder and men’s group leader for several churches along the Oregon Coast and in the Midwest. He has an extensive background in Christian Apologetics, speaking at various churches, appearing on the Alisha Childers podcast, and various Ratio Christi productions. Clark’s heart is for building up the church through education and training. He desires to see pastors and laypeople grow deeper in their understanding
of God’s Word and the history of the Church so that they will always be ready to give an answer for the hope that rests within them.


Clark has been married to his wife, Jessie for 22 years, and they have five wonderful children. When he is not researching, Clark enjoys hiking, reading, and playing the game Rumikub with his children, as well as working on becoming a polyglot. As a lover of history, he is also deeply involved in tracing his Italian-American heritage
and the history of Italy in general..

Courses taught

  • Introduction to the New Testament III 

  • Biblical Hermeneutics

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