The Rev Dr Andrew Shead

Andrew Shead

‘I just want to teach people to read the Bible really well.’

Andrew has been on faculty at Moore College since 1992. Between teaching – which he never tires of – he spends time with his students, preaches, and writes on the Old Testament. His major research interest is the book of Jeremiah, but he also pursues interests in the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament), Psalms, Hebrew poetry and church music. He is excited about the richness of the Old Testament as a source for Christian theology.

Andrew is married to Jean and they have three teenaged children who fill their lives with excellent conversation.



Edited, Stirred by a Noble Theme: The Book of Psalms in the Life of the Church. Nottingham: Apollos, 2013.

A Mouth Full of Fire: The Doctrine of the Word of God in the Words of Jeremiah. NSBT 29. Nottingham: Apollos, 2012.

The Open Book and the Sealed Book: Jeremiah 32 in its Greek and Hebrew Recensions. The Hebrew Bible and Its Versions, 3. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.


Articles & Essays

‘Baking the Bread of Tears: A Recipe for Translating Psalm 80’. Chapter 13 in Finding Lost Words: The Church’s Right to Lament. Edited by Geoffrey Harper and Kit Barker.  ACTMS; Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017.

‘Jeremiah’.   Pages 469–486 in The T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint. Bloomsbury Companions. Edited by J.K. Aitken. London: T&T Clark, 2013.

‘Singing with the Messiah in a Foreign Land’. Pages 158-180 in Stirred by a Noble Theme: The Book of Psalms in the Life of the Church. Edited by Andrew G. Shead Nottingham: Apollos, 2013.

‘Theology in Poetry: The Challenge of Translating the Psalms’. Pages 133-157 in Stirred by a Noble Theme: The Book of Psalms in the Life of the Church. Edited by Andrew G. Shead. Nottingham: Apollos, 2013.

‘Is There a Musical Note in the Body? Cranmer on the Reformation of Music’. Reformed Theological Review 69 (2010): 1–16.

‘Jeremiah’. Pages 469–486 in A Handbook of the Septuagint. Edited by James Aitken. London: T&T Clark, 2009.

‘An Old Testament Theology of the Sabbath Year and Jubilee’. Reformed Theological Review 61 (2002): 19–33.

‘The New Covenant and Pauline Hermeneutics’. Pages 33–49 in The Gospel to the Nations: Perspectives on Paul’s Mission. Essays in Honour of Peter Thomas O’Brien on His Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Edited by Peter G. Bolt and Mark D. Thompson. Leicester: IVP, 2000.

‘Sabbath’. Pages 745–50 in New Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Brian S. Rosner and T. D. Alexander. Leicester: IVP, 2000.

Review of K. Schmid, Buchgestalten des Jeremiabuches: Untersuchungen zur Redaktions– und Rezeptionsgeschichte von Jer 30–33 im Kontext des Buches. Vetus Testamentum 49 (1999): 558–62.

‘Song of Solomon’ in The Complete Bible Handbook: An Illustrated Companion. Edited by J. Bowker. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1998.

Review of A. H. W. Curtis et al., The Book of Jeremiah and its Reception. Vetus Testamentum 48 (1998): 272.

Review of W. A. VanGemeren (ed.), New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Churchman 112 (1998): 91–93.

‘Reading Ecclesiastes “Epilogically”’. Tyndale Bulletin 48 (1997): 67–92.

‘Ecclesiastes from the Outside In’. Reformed Theological Review 55 (1996): 24–37.

‘Homosexuality and the Church: Historical Survey’. Pages 1–63 in Theological and Pastoral Responses to Homosexuality. Explorations, 8. Edited by B. G. Webb. Adelaide: Openbook, 1994.

‘The Wisdom of the World’. The Briefing 138 (1994): 1–6.

‘Effects of Phyllanthus plant extracts on duck hepatitis B virus in vitro and in vivo’. Antiviral Research 18 (1992): 127–38.


‘Jeremiah 32 In Its Hebrew and Greek Recensions: The Prophet, the Text, Its Translator and His Critics’. PhD Thesis accepted by the University of Cambridge, 1998.

Ecclesiastes 12:9–14: Reading the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes as an Epilogue’. MTh Thesis accepted by the Australian College of Theology, 1995.

Current Research

Jeremiah and Lamentations. Story of God Commentary Series. (Under Contact: Zondervan)

Lament in the Psalms (Under Contract: Australian College of Theology)

The text of Jeremiah (MT, LXX) (Under Contract: Brill (VTSupp)

Latest Books, Blogs
& Sermons
  • Books and Films
  • Bushwalking
  • Chamber Music
  • Good Conversation
Previous Experience
  • 1990-91 Stipendiary Lay Assistant at St Paul’s Wahroonga
  • 1990-91 Tutor, History and Philosophy of Medicine, University of Sydney
  • 1992-95 Sunday Assistant, St Barnabas’ Broadway
  • 1995-98 Study leave at the University of Cambridge
  • 1996-97 Choral Scholar of Queens’ College, Cambridge
  • 1999-01 Sunday Assistant, All Saints’ North Epping
  • Academic Biography
  • 1989 BTh (Hons 2A) (ACT)
  • 1990 BSc(Med) (Hons 1) (University of Sydney)
  • 1996 MTh (with Merit) (ACT)
  • 1998 PhD (Cambridge)
  • 2000 Deaconed (Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Sydney)
  • 2002 Priested (Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Sydney)
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