University of Nebraska, B.A.
Westminster Theological Seminary in California, MDiv
University of Cambridge, Ph.D.

About Dr. Hill

Dr. Charles Hill joined RTS-Orlando in 1994 and serve as John R. Richardson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity until his retirement in May 2021. He taught core courses on Hebrews-Revelation and New Testament Greek, and is now Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cambridge University, Dr. Hill taught at Northwestern College in Iowa.

Dr. Hill has significant research interest in the Johannine Corpus, New Testament books associated with the Apostle John (Gospel of John, 1-3 John and Revelation). He also has researched and written extensively on several issues related to the early church fathers, particularly early Christian views of the end times, the canon of the New Testament and the New Testament manuscript tradition. Dr. Hill’s most recent publications include Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford University Press, 2010) and The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2012), edited with RTS Professor Michael J. Kruger.

During his time on the RTS faculty, Dr. Hill has received several professional honors. He was elected as a Lilly Theological Research Grants Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2000-2001 and a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2012. In 2003, he was elected to the prestigious New Testament studies society Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and is a member of several other academic societies.

Having pursued undergraduate training in Fine Art, Dr. Hill worked as a commercial artist before entering theological study. He and his wife, Marcy, have three adult children and four grandchildren.




  • “When and How Did the Fourfold Gospel Collection Gain Canonical Recognition?,” in Stanley E. Porter and Benjamin Laird, eds., The New Testament Canon in Contemporary Research (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)
  • “Diatessaron, Diapente, Diapollon? Exploring the Nature and Extent of Extra-Canonical Influence in Tatian’s Diatessaron,” in Matthew Crawford and Nicholas Zola eds., The Gospel of Tatian: Exploring the Character and Text of the Diatessaron. London: T&T Clark (2019), 25-53.
  • “A Neglected Text Critical Siglum in Codex Vaticanus and Its Import for the Matthean Text,” TC: A Journal of Textual Criticism 24 (2019).
  • “The Authentication of John: Self-Disclosure, Testimony, and Verification in John 21:24,” in Lois K. Fuller Dow, Craig A. Evans, and Andrew Pitts, eds., The Language and Literature of the New Testament. Essays in Honor of Stanley E. Porter’s 60th Birthday. Leiden: Brill (2017), 398-437.
  • “‘The Truth above All Demonstration’: Scripture in the Patristic Period to Augustine,” in D. A. Carson, ed., “The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (2016), 43-88.
  • “Canon,” Joel B. Green Jeanine K. Brown, and Nicholas Perrin, eds., Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Second edition. Downers Grove: IVP Academic (2013), 101-106.
  • “A Four-Gospel Canon in the Second Century? Artifact and Arti-fiction.” Early Christianity 4 (2013), 310-334.
  • “The Canon of the New Testament,” in Wayne Grudem, C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Schreiner, eds., Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible’s Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. Wheaton: Crossway (2012), 81-88.
  • “Introduction: In Search of the Earliest Text of the New Testament,” with M. J. Kruger, in C. E. Hill and M. J. Kruger, eds., The Early Text of the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012), 1-19.
  • “‘In These Very Words’: Methods and Standards of Literary Borrowing in the Second Century,” in C. E. Hill and M. J. Kruger, eds., The Early Text of the New Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2012), 261-81.
  • “Irenaeus, the Scribes, and the Scriptures. Papyrological and Theological Observations from P.Oxy 3.405” in Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, eds., Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2012), 119-130.
  • “The Man Who Needed No Introduction. A Response to Sebastian Moll,” in Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, eds., Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (2012), 95-104.
  • “Intersections of Jewish and Christian Scribal Culture. The Original Codex Containing P4, P64, and P67, and its Implications,” in Reidar Hvalvik and John Kaufman, eds., Among Jews, Gentiles, and Christians in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Trondheim: Tapir Academic Press (2011), 75-91.
  • “Serapion of Antioch, the Gospel of Peter, and a Four Gospel Canon,” in J. Baun, A. Cameron, M. Edwards and M. Vinzent, eds., Studia Patristica XLV Leuven/Paris/Walpole, MA: Peeters (2010), 337-42.
  • “The New Testament Canon. Deconstructio ad absurdum?” in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 52 (2009), 101-119.
  • “The ‘Orthodox Gospel’: The Reception of John in the Great Church prior to Irenaeus” in Tuomas Rasimus, ed., Legacy of John: Second-Century Reception of the Fourth Gospel. Leiden: Brill (2009), 233-300.
  • “God’s Speech in These Last Days: The New Testament Canon as an Eschatological Phenomenon” in Lane Tipton and Jeffrey C. Waddington, eds., Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing (2008), 203-254.
  • “Was John’s Gospel among Justin’s Apostolic Memoirs?” in Sara Parvis and Paul Foster, eds., Justin Martyr and His Worlds.  Minneapolis:  Fortress Press (2007), 88-93.
  • “The Fragments of Papias,” in Paul Foster, ed., The Writings of the Apostolic Fathers: T&T Clark Biblical Studies.  T&T Clark (2007), 42-51.
  • “The Fourth Gospel in the Second Century. The Myth of Orthodox Johannophobia,” in John Lierman, ed., Challenging Perspectives on the Gospel of John.  Wissenschafliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2nd Series, 219.  Tübingen:  J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) (2006), 135-169.
  • “Polycarp contra Marcion. Irenaeus’ Presbyterial Source in AH 4.27-32,” in F. Young, M. Edwards and P. Parvis, eds., Studia Patristica XL. Lueven/Paris/Dudley, MA: Peeters (2006), 399-412.
  • “Ignatius, ‘the Gospel’ and the Gospels,” in The Reception of the New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers (Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • “Did the Scribe of P52 Use the Nomina Sacra? Another Look.” New Testament Studies 48 (2002) 587-592.
  • “Ignatius and the Apostolate. The Witness of Ignatius to the Emergence of Christian Scripture.”  M. F. Wiles and E. J. Yarnold, eds., Studia PatristicaXXXVI. Leuven: Peeters Press (2001) 226-48.
  • “Cerinthus, Gnostic or Chiliast? A New Solution to an Old Problem.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 8 (2000) 135-172.
  • “The Epistula Apostolorum. An Asian Tract from the Time of Polycarp.” Journal of Early Christian Studies 7 (1999) 1-53.
  • “What Papias Said about John (and Luke). A ‘New’ Papian Fragment.” Journal of Theological Studies NS 49 (1998) 582-629.
  • “The Identity of John’s Nathanael.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 67 (1997) 45-61.
  • “Justin and the New Testament Writings.” E. A. Livingstone, ed., Studia Patristica XXX. Leuven: Peeters Press (1997) 42-48.
  • “The Debate over the Muratorian Fragment and the Development of the Canon.” Westminster Theological Journal 57 (1995) 437-52.
  • “Antichrist from the Tribe of Dan.” Journal of Theological Studies NS 46 (1995) 99-117.