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Matthew is a leading Australian Old Testament academic with an international reputation in the area of Biblical Hebrew linguistics. He is a Research Fellow in the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) Strategic Research Centre of Charles Sturt University (CSU), Director of Higher Degree Research at Alphacrucis College, a Visiting Research Fellow in Linguistics, The University of Adelaide, an Honorary Research Associate Professor (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry), University of Queensland, and a member of the steering committees of the Linguistics of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Lexicography units of the Society of Biblical Literature. Matthew has research interests in Biblical Hebrew linguistics (especially in the study of phrase and clause structure), Biblical narrative and poetry, lament and trauma, spirituality, hermeneutics and Christian theology and doctrine.

After completing studies at Canberra College of Theology (1994–1997) and then Regent College Vancouver (1998–2000), Matthew did his doctoral studies with Professor Eep Talstra at the Vrije Universeit Amsterdam. He was then awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSU in the area of Biblical Hebrew linguistics (2006–2009). From 2010 until the end of 2017, Matthew was Principal of St Barnabas College, the theological college of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide, which is a member of the CSU School of Theology. 

Matthew is a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia, contributing three chapters to their 2019 book on the doctrine of same-sex marriage in the Anglican Church. He is a trustee of the Australian Research Theological Foundation (ARTFinc), and on the editorial board of HIPHIL Novum.

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, Doctor of Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 31 Jan 2006

Biblical Studies, Master of Christian Studies, Regent College

Award Date: 01 Apr 1998

External positions

Honorary Research Associate Professor, University of Queensland

10 Jun 2019 → …

Director of Higher Degree Research, Alphacrucis University College

01 Apr 2018 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

2016 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University



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