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.



A Biblical Aramaic Handbook & Reader.  Co-author with D.R. Vance, Y. Avrahami & J.G. Kline. Peabody: Hendrickson, 2016.

Deuteronomy: One Nation under God. South Sydney: Aquila, 2016.

Elementary Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar.  5th ed. Croydon Park:  Ancient Vessel Press, 2016.

Ezekiel: City Views. Sydney: Mountain Street Media, 2015.

1 Samuel: Long Live the King.  Sydney, Mountain Street Media, 2015.

Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader’s Edition. Edited by Karl Elliger and Wilhelm Rudolph. 5th revision edited by Adrian Schenker; lexical and grammatical apparatus Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami. Stuttgart, Germany Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, 2014.

Elementary Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. 4th ed. Co-author with I. M. Young. Croydon Park, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2008.

Highlights of Biblical Hebrew. 2nd ed. Co-author with I. M. Young.  Beverly Hills, NSW: Ancient Vessel Press, 2003.


Articles & Essays

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

‘Tel Dan’ in The Routledge Encyclopedia of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, New York: Routledge, 2015.

‘The Hebrew Bible’ CASE 43 (2015): 22-26.

‘”A Man After God’s Own Heart”: David and the Rhetoric of Election to Kingship’, JESOT 2.2 (2013): 191–98.

In Search of the Seventy “Weeks” of Daniel 9’. Journal of Hebrew Studies 9:2 (2009).

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

‘Reflections on Scripture: Using the Distinction between Jews and Gentiles as an Exegetical Key’. Pages 125–40 in Donald Robinson: Selected Works. Edited by Peter G. Bolt & Mark D. Thompson. Camperdown:  Australian Church Record, 2008.

‘Setting the Record Straight: What are we Saying about the Tel Dan Inscription?’ Journal of Semitic Studies 51.2 (2006): 241–55.

‘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.


‘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 and Song of Songs (under contract: Zondervan)

Biblical Theology of Israel

Historical Context and the interpretation of the Book of Zechariah

Bridging the Testaments (under contract: Zondervan)

Fall and Rise of Davidic Hope

The Masoretic Text

Formation and theology of the Book of the Twelve Prophets

Historical and interpretation to Paul’s letter to the Romans

A Grammar of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek

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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