the principal

The Principal

The Reverend Canon Dr Matthew Anstey took up the position of Principal of St Barnabas College in 2010. Prior to that he was an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2009), in the area of Biblical Hebrew linguistics.

Matthew is a leading scholar in the study of Biblical Hebrew language and in 2016 was appointed as a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide in linguistics. He teaches Biblical Hebrew for the whole CSU School of Theology, with students from around Australia appreciating his innovative and highly effective online and in-class approach. Each year his classes grow in size and Matthew now has a good number of students he supervises in postgraduate and doctoral studies in Hebrew language and/or Biblical studies. In addition to Hebrew, Matthew has a strong interest in literary approaches to reading the Bible, theology, preaching, and just about all things academic. You can see a list of Matthew’s publications under the Faculty page.

In addition to leading St Barnabas College, Matthew regularly speaks at churches and conferences across Australia and always brings a thoughtful, passionate, and engaged perspective on Scripture and the life of faith. He also serves the Anglican Church of Australia on its Doctrine Commission and is Canon Theologian of the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide.

In the last twelve months Matthew has been exploring ways to share his reflections online and you can check out his recent posts at LinkedIn.

Now in his seventh year as Principal, Matthew and his family these days proudly call Adelaide home. He loves especially the food and wine, culture and festivity, the natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle of Adelaide. In fact, you’ll find Matthew at the Adelaide Central Markets nice and early most Saturday mornings and visitors enjoy his entertaining tours of the cellar doors of the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley.

You can contact Matthew anytime at