The Rev Dr George Athas

“I love teaching at Moore College, I love the faculty, I love the students, and the staff, it’s a great place to be.”

George is married to Koula, and they have two teenage daughters, Hosanna and Josephine.

George has previously taught at the University of Sydney and Southern Cross College. He loves ancient ‘stuff’, kicking back with friends, travelling and his coffee machine. He also suffers from jazz-i-tis and addiction to Formula One. He often finds relief by watching cricket with Koula.



Highlights of Biblical Hebrew. Co-author with I. M. Young. Second Edition. (Beverly Hills, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2003)

The Tel Dan Inscription: A Reappraisal and a New Interpretation. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series, 360. Copenhagen International Seminar, 12. (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003)

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader’s Edition (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2014).

Elementary Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. Co-author with I. M. Young. Fifth Edition. (Croydon Park, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2016)

1 Samuel: Long Live the King (Sydney: Mountain St Media, 2015)

Ezekiel: City Views (Sydney: Mountain St Media, 2015)

Deuteronomy: One Nation under God (Reading the Bible Today. Sydney: Aquila Press, 2016)

A Biblical Aramaic Handbook and Reader. Co-author with D. R. Vance and Y. Avrahami (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2016)

Article and Essays

‘Setting the Record Straight: What are we Saying about the Tel Dan Inscription?” Journal of Semitic Studies 51.2 (2006), 241–56.

‘Reflections on Scripture: Using the Distinction between Jews and Gentiles as an Exegetical Key’. Pages 125–40 in Donald Robinson: Selected Works. Appreciation (eds. Peter G. Bolt and Mark D. Thompson; (Camperdown/Newtown, NSW: Australian Church Record/Moore College, 2008).

‘The Creation of Israel: The Cosmic Proportions of the Exodus Event’. Pages 30–59 in Exploring Exodus: Literary, Theological and Contemporary Approaches (eds. Brian S. Rosner and Paul R. Williamson; Nottingham: Apollos, 2008).

‘In Search of the Seventy “Weeks” of Daniel 9,Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 9.2 (2009).

‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ The Briefing, September 2013.

‘“A Man after God’s Own Heart”: David and the Rhetoric of Election to Kingship.’ Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 2.2 (2013), 191–98.

‘Has Lot Lost the Plot? Detail Omission and a Reconsideration of Genesis 19.’ Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 16.5 (2016).


‘The Tel Dan Inscription:  A reappraisal and a New Interpretation’.  Ph.D. Thesis accepted by the University of Sydney, 1999

Elementary Biblical Hebrew:  An Introductory GrammarCo-edited by I.M. Young

The verbal system of Biblical Hebrew

History and Historiography in Ancient Israel and Judah

The book of Zechariah and the early history of the Persian Province of Yehud

Interpretation of the Book of Daniel

Interpretation of Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Current Research

Ecclesiastes & Song of Songs. Story of God Bible Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Bridging the Testaments. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Historical context and the interpretation of Zechariah.

Formation and theology of the Book of the Twelve Prophets.

Historical context and the interpretation of Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

Grammar of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek.

The history and theological developments of the Post-Exilic Era.

Latest Books, Blogs
& Sermons
  • Ancient ‘stuff’
  • Kicking back with friends
  • Travelling
  • Making my own coffee
Previous Experience
  • 1992-96 Student, University of Sydney
  • 1996-99 Student, University of Sydney
  • 1999-05 Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Sydney Hebrew Summer School
  • 2000 Tutor, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Sydney
  • 2000-01 MTS (University of New South Wales)
  • 2000-05 Lecturer, Southern Cross College, Chester Hill
  • 2002 Tutor, Department of Semitic Studies, University of Sydney
  • 2002-05 Student, Moore College
  • 2002-05 Catechist, Cross-culture Bible Church
  • 2006- Honorary Curate, Cross-culture Bible Church
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