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Learn about our staff and contributors who are highly trained in biblical textual criticism and advanced biblical languages analysis. 


The CRBMI offers MA, MDiv, and ThM students of Shepherds Theological Seminary a number of courses in the area of New Testament and Old Testament textual criticism, led by our distinguished staff. Prospective students interested in the CRBMI program should apply through Shepherds Theological Seminary.   

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W. Andrew Smith

CRBMI Director

Andrew is the Director of The Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions, serving also as Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, NC. 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 Biblical Studies (New Testament and Christian Origins) from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at Shepherds Theological Seminary 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. 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.


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. “Papyrus, Codices and Rolls,” in Inscriptions, Graffiti, Documentary Papyri, eds. James R. Harrison and E. Randolph Richards (Ancient Literature for New Testament Studies 10; Grand Rapids: Zondervan), forthcoming.

  • 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 Montoro IV (Texts and Studies; Piscataway: Gorgias Press), 2020.

  • Smith, W. Andrew. “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.


  • “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).

  • “Mark 16 and the Eusebian Apparatus: Greek and Latin Solutions.” Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin 8/2 (2022): 475–492.

  • “Mining Manuscript Data in the New Testament Virtual Manuscript Room.” Classics@ 18 2020.

  • “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.

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Peter Goeman


Peter Goeman began serving at Shepherds in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages. Peter is a graduate of both The Master’s University (TMU) and The Master’s Seminary (TMS). At TMU Peter studied business and at TMS he completed his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees, specializing in Old Testament studies. Over the last six years he has been involved in various pastoral ministries while completing his graduate degrees. He is married to Kinsley, and they have two sons. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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  • “Recent Scholarship and the Quest to Understand Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.” The Master’s Seminary Journal 31, no. 2 (Fall 2020): 243–274.

  • “The Reformers and the Original Languages: Calvin and Luther on the Importance of Greek and Hebrew in Theology and Ministry.” The Master’s Seminary Journal 28, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 5-16.

  • “The Impact and Influence of Erasmus’s Greek New Testament.” Unio Cum Christo 2, no. 1 (April 2016): 69–82.

  • “Implications of the Kingdom in Acts 3:19-21.” The Master’s Seminary Journal 26, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 75–93.

  • “The Role of the LXX in James’ Use of Amos 9:11-12 in Acts 15:15-18.” Journal of Dispensational Theology (Fall 2014): 107–25.

  • “Towards a New Proposal for Translating the Conjunction כי in Deuteronomy 4:29,” The Bible Translator 71, no. 2 (Aug 2020): 158–178.


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Stephen D. Campbell

Academic Director, Aquila Initiative

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Stephen is the Academic Director of Aquila Initiative and pastor of the International Baptist Church of Bonn (Germany). He earned an MA (Church Ministry) in 2012 and an MDiv in 2015 from Shepherds Theological Seminary before moving to North East England where he earned an MA and a PhD in Theology from Durham University. In addition to his pastoral work, Stephen is working with Aquila Initiative to develop a network of churches that apprentice and commission marketplace missionaries and church planters for Europe. Among other research projects, he is currently developing a work of biblical theology that traces the biblical juxtaposition of “the words of God” and “God himself:” to reject one is to reject the other, and vice versa. He and his wife Beth have two young children.



Edited Volumes

  • 2021 New Song: Reading Biblical Hebrew Poetry as (Jewish and Christian) Scripture for the Twenty-First Century. Under Contract with Lexham Press in the series “Studies in Scripture and Biblical Theology.” With co-editors Richard S. Briggs (Cranmer Hall, St. John’s College, Durham) and Richard G. Rohlfing Jr. (Durham University).

  • 2021 Biblical Beginnings and Frames: Their Formation and Canonical Significance. Under contract with Bloomsbury/T&T Clark in the series “The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.” Edited by Stephen D. Campbell, Stephen B. Chapman, and Matthias Millard.

  • 2021 Biblical Endings: Their Formation and Canonical Significance. Under contract with Bloomsbury/T&T Clark in the series “The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies.” Edited by Stephen D. Campbell, Stephen B. Chapman, and Matthias Millard.


  • 2021 “Life Worth Living: A Case for Rhetorical Coherence in Deut 4:1–8” Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament (forthcoming)

  • 2019 “The Surety of God’s Promises: A Theological Interpretation of Genesis 22” Biblical Theology Bulletin 49/3: 115–123.

Book Chapters

  • “Deuteronomy and the Means of Memory: A Cultural Memory Study of Deuteronomy’s Frame,” forthcoming in Biblical Beginnings and Frames: Their Formation and Canonical Significance. Edited by Stephen D. Campbell, Stephen B. Chapman and Matthias Millard. LHBOTS. London: Bloomsbury/T&T Clark.


Steve Young

Research Associate, CRBMI

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Steve is completing his MA in Biblical Literature and Languages degree at Shepherds Theological Seminary and contributes to the MOTB-SI Greek Paul Project by reconciling transcriptions, indexing manuscripts, and assisting students with palaeographic questions.

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