w. Andrew Smith

Director, Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions

Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity



W. Andrew Smith is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, and serves as the Director of the Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions (crbmi.org). He earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, two MA degrees (Biblical Literature and Biblical Languages) from Shepherds Theological Seminary, and a PhD 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 Edinburg



Textual Criticism
Hellenistic Greek
Greek Palaeography
Discourse Analysis

Monographs/edited volumes

Peer-Reviewed and lexicon/dictionary articles



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

“Victorinus of Poetovio and the Patristic Shift from Premillennialism,” in To Seek… to Do… and to Teach: Essays in Honor of Larry D. Pettegrew, eds. Douglas D. Bookman, Tim M. Sigler, and Michael J. Vlach (Cary, NC: Shepherds Press), 2022.