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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

Biblical Studies, Master of Christian Studies, Regent College

External positions

Honorary Research Associate Professor, University of Queensland

10 Jun 2019 → …

Director of Higher Degree Research, Alphacrucis college

01 Apr 2018 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

2016 → …

Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University


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Research Output 2000 2019

The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System: The Case for Tense

Anstey, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System. Naudé, J. & Miller-Naudé, C. (eds.). Eisenbrauns

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

"And God saw it was good": The creation of wellbeing and the wellbeing of creation

Anstey, M., 27 Jun 2017, Flourishing in faith: Theology encountering positive psychology. Ambler, G., Anstey, M., McCall, T. & White, M. (eds.). 1st ed. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, p. 55-64 10 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Love Story

Flourishing in faith: theology encountering positive psychology

Ambler, G. (ed.), Anstey, M. (ed.), McCall, T. (ed.) & White, M. (ed.), 2017, Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers. 240 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

Positive Psychology
Disability Studies

An analysis of the so-called ‘Accusative of Specification’ in Biblical Hebrew

Anstey, M., 2019.

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

A response: An alternative reading of BCP

Anstey, M., Jun 2019, Marriage, same-sex marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission. of the Anglican Church of Australia, T. D. C. (ed.). Mulgrave VIC: Broughton Publishing, p. 49-54 6 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access
Same-sex Marriage

Activities 2014 2019

  • 2 Committees and working groups
  • 1 Editorial responsibility
  • 1 Advisory panel/policy group/board
  • 1 External research and teaching

HIPHIL Novum (Journal)

Matthew Anstey (Reviewer)
Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial responsibility

Society of Biblical Literature (External organisation)

Matthew Anstey (Member)
Nov 2018 → …

Activity: Membership Committees and working groupsIndustry

The Ongoing Relevance of the Old Testament for Today's World

Matthew Anstey (Speaker)
19 Feb 2016

Activity: Academic EngagementExternal research and teaching

Anglican Church of Australia (External organisation)

Matthew Anstey (Member)
2015 → …

Activity: Membership Committees and working groupsIndustry

Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc (External organisation)

Matthew Anstey (Member)
2014 → …

Activity: Membership Advisory panel/policy group/boardIndustry