W. Andrew Smith

Director, Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity



W. Andrew Smith is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, and serves as the Director of the Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions ( He earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, two M.A. degrees (Biblical Literature and Biblical Languages) from Shepherds Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at Shepherds since 2011.


His research and teaching interests revolve around the transmission and interpretation of the texts of the New Testament, ranging from textual criticism and manuscript studies to Greek discourse analysis. Correspondingly, he contributes as a New Testament linguist in Shepherds’ Department of Archaeology, offering valuable insight concerning early Christian literature, culture, transmission, and interpretation. Based on his interest in biblical manuscripts, Andrew serves as Project Supervisor of the Greek Paul Project for the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative and is currently editing the Editio Critica Maior volumes of the Pastoral Epistles for the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF).  Andrew also serves as Assistant Editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Text-Critical Studies series.


Andrew is married to Valerie, who works as a manager and biostatistician for a contract research organization.




BS University of Illinois
MA Shepherds Theological Seminary
MA Shepherds Theological Seminary
PhD University of Edinburgh



Textual Criticism
Hellenistic Greek
Greek Palaeography
Discourse Analysis



Monographs/Edited Volumes

A Study of the Gospels in Codex Alexandrinus: Codicology, Palaeography, and Scribal Hands (New Testament Tools, Studies and

Documents 48; Leiden: Brill, 2014).

Novum Testamentum Graece: Editio Critica Maior. Die Pastoralbriefe. (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, in preparation).

Book Chapters

Smith, W. Andrew. “To Be or Not To Be: Presence and Absence of Copulative Verbs in Greek and Latin New Testament Manuscripts,” in At One Remove: Versions and Other Indirect Evidence for the New Testament, eds. Hugh Houghton and Peter Montaro IV (Texts and Studies; Piscataway: Gorgias Press), forthcoming 2020.


“Clothing” and “Protection.” In The Lexham Theological Wordbook, ed. John D. Barry. Bellingham: Logos Bible Software, 2014.

“Evaluating a Critical Evaluation of the CBGM: A Review Article.” TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 24 (2019).

“Purification,” “Upright,” and “Washing.” In The Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture: A Handbook for Students, eds. Mary Ann

Beavis and Michael Gilmour. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2012.

Smith, W. Andrew and Valerie Smith. “P. Duke Inv. 1377 (𝔓136): A Fragmentary Acts of the Apostles Papyrus.” Novum Testamentum 60.3

(2018): 290–310.