W. Andrew Smith

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



W. Andrew Smith graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Computer Engineering and worked as a software designer for a number of years. He received an M.A. in Biblical Literature and an M.A. in Biblical Languages from Shepherds Theological Seminary and completed his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (New Testament and Christian Origins) at the University of Edinburgh. Andrew brought his love for biblical language and exegesis to the classroom when he joined the Shepherds’ faculty in January 2011 as Adjunct Professor of New Testament, transitioning to the role of Assistant Professor in 2013 and Associate Professor in 2016. Andrew’s 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.


Wanting to ensure that STS students understand how the Bible they read today was transmitted through history, Andrew launched the Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions ( at Shepherds and serves as its director. 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 will edit the Editio Critica Maiorvolumes 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. During the 2018/19 academic year, Andrew is on sabbatical at the INTF in Münster.


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




B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Illinois
M.A. Biblical Literature,  Shepherds Theological Seminary
M.A. Biblical Languages, Shepherds Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Biblical Studies (New Testament and Christian Origins), University of Edinburgh



Textual Criticism
Hellenistic Greek
Greek Palaeography
Discourse Analysis




  • 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).


  • “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.