The Rev'd Associate Professor Matthew Anstey
PhD , MCS , BTh

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The Rev'd Associate Professor Matthew Anstey
Director of Higher Degree Research

Matthew is a member of the Faculty of Theology and specialises in the following areas: Biblical Hebrew Linguistics , Biblical Studies , Old Testament , Research , Theology .


Matthew is a leading Australian Old Testament academic with an international reputation in the area of Biblical Hebrew linguistics. He is a Visiting Research Fellow in Linguistics at The University of Adelaide, a Research Fellow in the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) Strategic Research Centre of Charles Sturt University (CSU), and a member of the steering committees of the Linguistics of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Lexicography units of the Society of Biblical Literature. Matthew also has research interests in fields such as Biblical narrative and poetry, lament and trauma, spirituality, hermeneutics and homiletics.

Matthew has spent his entire adult life in Christian ministry and theological education. After completing studies at Canberra College of Theology (1994–1997) and then Regent College Vancouver (1998–2000), he did his doctoral studies with Professor Eep Talstra at the Vrije Universeit Amsterdam. He was then awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 took the College from just eight students in 2010 to over fifty students. He built an engaged, cohesive staff with a dozen team members, from just two when he commenced.

Matthew is an experienced doctoral (and honours) supervisor. His first three doctoral students now hold Old Testament lectureships in theological colleges in Australia. He also loves lecturing and at CSU pioneered the teaching of Biblical Hebrew entirely online, receiving recognition for his innovative and highly effective approach.

Research Interests

Biblical Hebrew language and linguistics; Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; hermeneutics; doctrine; trauma studies; lament; Hebrew poetry; narrative criticism; interpretative methods; Anglican approaches to Scripture; homiletics

Academic Qualifications


PhD (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Dissertation Title Towards a Functional Discourse Grammar Analysis of Tiberian Hebrew


MCS (Regent College)
Dissertation Title The Linguistic Description and Analysis of 2 Samuel 11–12 from the Perspective of Functional Grammar in the Tradition of Simon Dik


BTh (Canberra College of Theology)

Selected Publications

Anstey, M. P.(2019). The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System: The Case for Tense In J. Naudé; C. Miller-Naudé, The Biblical Hebrew Verbal System (pp. ). Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

Anstey, M. P.(2017). ‘And God Saw it was Good’: The Creation of Wellbeing and the Wellbeing of Creation In G. Ambler, M. Anstey, M. White, T. McCall, Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology, (pp. 55-64). Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books.

Clifton, S., M. P. Anstey (2017). Flourishing in a Broken Body: An Interview with Professor Shane Clifton In G. Ambler, M. Anstey, M. White, T. McCall, Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology (pp. 159-172). Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books.

Ambler, G.; Anstey, M.; White, M.; McCall, T. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books.

Anstey, M. P.(2014). A Lifelong Journey: Going Further in Theological Study In J. Mathews, God, By Degrees (pp. ). Canberra: Kainos Books.

Anstey, M. P.(2012). 29th July: Proper 12 : Ephesians 3:14-21. Expository Times, 123 (9), pp. 452-454.

Anstey, M. P.(2011). Sermon 15 – For the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn Synod – Micah 6:1–8 In K. Weller; A. Lee, ‘Better be a Good Sermon’: Preaching for Special Occasions and Contexts (pp. 265-270). Brunswick East: Acorn Press.

Anstey, M. P.(2010). 9th January: The Baptism of our Lord: Matthew 3: 13-17. Expository Times, 122 (12), pp. 127-129.

Anstey, M. P.(2009). The Biblical Hebrew Qatal verb: A Functional Discourse Grammar analysis. Linguistics, 47 (4), pp. 825-844.

Anstey, M. P.(2009). 25th October: Proper 25: Psalm 34. Expository Times, 120 (12), pp. 606-608.

Anstey, M. P.(2008). Functional Discourse Grammar – Multifunctional problems and constructional solutions. Linguistics, 46 (4), pp. 831-859.

Anstey (2008). 18th November: Proper 28: God’s Climate Change Agenda (Isaiah 65:17–25). Expository Times, 119 (5), pp. 231-233.

Anstey, M. P.(2008). 21st December: 4th Advent: Luke 1:26–38. Expository Times, 120 (2), pp. 83-85.

Anstey, M. P.(2008). Scriptural reminiscence and narrative gerontology: Jacob’s wrestling with the unknown (Genesis 32) In E. MacKinlay, Ageing, Disability and Spirituality: Addressing the Challenge of Disability in Later Life, (pp. 106-117). London: Jessica Kingsley.

Anstey, M. P.(2007). Habakkuk the faithful dissident: A performative hermeneutic for Anglicans in Australia. St Mark's Review, 203 (2), pp. 47-60.

Anstey, M. P.(2007). 2nd March: Fourth Sunday in Lent 1 Samuel 16:1–3: Cultural Treason. Expository Times, 119 (1), pp. 36-38.

Anstey, M. P.(2007). Tree tigers and tree elephants: A constructional account of English nominal compounds In M. Hannay; G. Steen, The English Clause: Structure and Function. In Honour J. Lachlan Mackenzie (pp. 227-256). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Anstey, M. P.(2007). Seeing Hagar the theologian: The interpretation of Genesis 16 In G. Garrett, “Into the world you love”: Encountering God in Everyday Life (pp. 17-35). Hindmarsh: ATF Press.

Anstey, M. P.(2006). The grammatical-lexical cline in Tiberian Hebrew. Journal of Semitic Studies, 51 (1), pp. 59-84.

Anstey, M. P., L. Mackenzie (2005). Crucial Readings in Functional Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Anstey, M. P.(2005). Towards a typological presentation of Tiberian Hebrew. Hebrew Studies, 46, pp. 71-128.

Anstey, M. P.(2004). Functional Grammar from its inception In J. L. Mackenzie; M. J. Goméz-González, A New Architecture for Functional Grammar (pp. 23-72). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Anstey, M. P.(2003). Review of Kathleen M. O’Connor, 2002, Lamentations & The Tears of the World. St Mark's Review, 193, pp. 30-32.

Anstey, M. P.(2002). Layers and operators revisited. Working Papers in Functional Grammar, 77.

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