Anthony Rees

PhD, MTh, MA, BMus(Hons)

Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Phone: 02 8838 8929


Anthony Rees is Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at United Theological College. Anthony has taught Old Testament in a number of colleges in Australia and at Pacific Theological College in Fiji. He was also a research fellow of the University’s Centre for Public and Contextual Theology during 2014.  Anthony’s interests are in how the bible continues to operate as a conversation partner in contemporary issues, which is reflected in his recent writings about immigration discourse, sovereignty, and ecological concerns, matters which will continue to be foregrounded in his work. Alongside those concerns, Anthony is also beginning to explore the intersection of biblical interpretation and music, and is developing ideas around a response to the biblical witness(es) regarding mixed-race marriage.



Moses the Man? Lanham: Lexington, forthcoming [Expected 2021].

Voices Of  the Wilderness: An Ecological Reading of the Book of Numbers.  Earth Bible Commentary.  Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2015.

[Re]Reading Again: A Mosaic Reading of Numbers 25.  Playing the Texts.  London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Journal Articles

“What Gleams must be Good: Arnold Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron” in Bible and Critical Theory, 15(2), 2019.

“A Father’s Lament Doubly Received” in Journal of the Bible and its Reception, 5(1), 2018.

“An [is]Land of Milk, Honey, and Taro” in St Mark’s Review, 244(2), 2018.

“UnManning Moses” in St Mark’s Review, 239(1), 2017.

“Getting up and Going Down: Towards a Spatial Poetics of Jonah” in Bible and Critical Theory, 12(1), 2016.

“Towards an Ecological Reading of the Sotah” in Pacific Journal of Theology, Series II, No. 50, 2013.

“[Re]Naming Cozbi: In Memoriam, Cozbi, Daughter of Zur”, in Biblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches, 20(1-2), 2012.

Book Chapters

“First Things”, in Anthony Rees (Ed), Things that Make for Peace: Traversing Text and Tradition in Islam and Christianity. Lanham: Lexington, forthcoming.

“The Boaz Solution: Reading Ruth in Light of Australian Asylum Seeker Discourse”, in Athalya Brenner-Idan, Gale Yee and Archie C.C. Lee (Eds), The Five Scrolls. Texts@Contexts. London: Bloomsbury, 2018. [A Revised version of my 2015 paper]

“[S]pinning Balaam against the Wall” in Jione Havea (Ed), Postcolonial Voices from Downunder. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017.

“Moses: Mother of Israel?” in Beth Stovell (Ed), in Motherhood: Biblical and Systematic Perspectives. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2016.

“The Boaz Solution: Ruth as Problem”, in Jione Havea and Peter Lau (Eds), Reading Ruth in Asia. IVBS. Atlanta: SBL, 2015.

“Phinehas and Other Detestable Practice(r)s” in Athalya Brenner and Archie Lee (Eds), Leviticus-Numbers.  Texts@Contexts.  Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013.