Hurtado is emeritus professor of New Testament language, literature, and theology in the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a former president of the British New Testament Society. Author of ten books and over 100 articles in journals and multi-author and reference works, his research has ranged broadly on issues in NT textual criticism, physical/visual features of early Christian manuscripts, the Gospel of Mark, early Christian worship, and the origins and early development of devotion to Jesus. Born and educated in the USA, he taught previously in Regent College (Vancouver) and the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg). He lives in Edinburgh and is married to Dr. Shannon Hunter Hurtado (art historian).