Academic Dean & Lecturer in Biblical Studies

Contact: By appointment

Education:

        • PhD (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
          Dissertation: Towards a Functional Discourse Grammar Analysis of Tiberian Hebrew (2006)
        • MCS (Regent College)
          Dissertation: The Linguistic Description and Analysis of 2 Samuel 11–12 from the Perspective of Functional Grammar in the Tradition of Simon Dik (2000)
        • BTh (Canberra College of Theology) [1997]

 

 

 

 

Biography:

The Reverend Associate Professor Matthew Anstey begins his role with Uniting College and the Adelaide College of Divinity in April 2020. As detailed below, Matthew Anstey is internationally-recognised for his landmark publications on the subject of Biblical Hebrew Linguistics, in addition to considerable expertise in higher education institutions.

Matthew Anstey is noted for his ability to engage in the art of interdisciplinary authorship, exploring the subject matter of the Old Testament texts, and their impact on Christian reason, doctrine and exegesis.
He has served in positions of senior leadership with Alphacrusis College and St Barnabas College, gaining significant expertise in all areas related to his new role with UCLT/ACD.

In addition to his anthropological and linguistic works, Anstey has a passion for investigating and exploring the contextual interpretations of poetry and narrative in Old Testament texts. At present, he is working on a biblical translation of the Psalms for use in public worship.

 

  • Research Fellow in the Public and Contextual Theology (PaCT) Strategic Research Centre of Charles Sturt University (CSU),
  • Visiting Research Fellow in Linguistics, The University of Adelaide
  • Honorary Research Associate Professor (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry), University of Queensland
  • Honorary Associate Professor in Theology, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Flinders University
  • Member of Steering Committees of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL): Linguistics of Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Lexicography, and co-Chair of the Unit of Biblical Hebrew Language and Linguistics.
  • Ordained Reverend and member of the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia
  • Trustee of the Australian Research Theological Foundation (ARTFinc)
  • Member of the editorial board of HIPHIL Novum.

Research Interests:

  • Biblical Hebrew language and linguistics
  • Old Testament/Hebraic hermeneutics and exegetical method
  • Studies of Trauma and lament;
  • Hebrew poetry
  • Anglican approaches to Scripture

Publications:

  •  Ambler, G.; Anstey, M.; White, M.; McCall, T. (2017). Flourishing in Faith: Theology encountering Positive Psychology. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books.
  •  Anstey, M. P., L. Mackenzie (2005). Crucial Readings in Functional Grammar. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyters
  •  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.(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.(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.(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.
  •  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.
  •  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.
  • 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.(2019). A Lifelong Journey: Going Further in Theological Study In J. Mathews, God, By Degrees (2d edition) (pp. ). Canberra: Kainos Books. | Link to journal
  • Anstey, M. P.(2019). The Case for Same-sex Marriage In The Doctrine Commission, Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and The Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission (pp. 267-284). Broughton Books: Mulgrave VIC.

Journal Articles

  • Anstey, M. P.(2019). Scripture and Moral Reasoning In The Doctrine Commission, Marriage, Same-Sex Marriage And The Anglican Church Of Australia: Essays From The Doctrine Commission (pp. 57-71). Broughton Books: Mulgrave VIC.
  •  Anstey, M. P.(2019). A Response: An Alternative Reading of The Book of Common Prayer In The Doctrine Commission, Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and The Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission (pp. 49-54). Broughton Books: Mulgrave VIC.
  •  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.(2012). 29th July: Proper 12 : Ephesians 3:14-21. Expository Times, 123 (9) , pp. 452-454.
  •  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). Becoming a public theologian: Jonah’s journey to Ninevah. St Mark’s Review, 207 , pp. 37-48.
  •  Anstey, M. P.(2009). 25th October: Proper 25: Psalm 34. Expository Times, 120 (12) , pp. 606-608.
  •  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). Functional Discourse Grammar – Multifunctional problems and constructional solutions. Linguistics, 46 (4) , pp. 831-859.
  •  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). Habakkuk the faithful dissident: A performative hermeneutic for Anglicans in Australia. St Mark’s Review, 203 (2) , pp. 47-60.
  •  Anstey, M. P.(2006). The grammatical-lexical cline in Tiberian Hebrew. Journal of Semitic Studies, 51 (1) , pp. 59-84.
  •  Anstey, M. P.(2005). Towards a typological presentation of Tiberian Hebrew. Hebrew Studies, 46 , pp. 71-128.
  •  Anstey, M. P.(2002). Layers and operators revisited. Working Papers in Functional Grammar, 77.