Rev. Dr. Peter D. Matthews
Dr. Peter D. Matthews was born in the Southern Downs region to Ken Matthews and Gladys Dalton, with Peter as the eldest of five children. Each year the family would travel to Walkerston, just outside Mackay, to his grandfather’s home for Christmas.
Peter has fond memories of his Grandad, Francis William Dalton. He vividly remembers sitting on his knee at Christmas each year and Grandad Dalton would tell him a story of one of their family, filled with intrigue, adventure, courage and sometimes betrayal. This is where Peter believes his passion for writing was birthed.
Peter started out as a carpenter in 1980 and became a multi award winning Master Builder, Private Certifier, and Developer, while continuing to fund his studies in history, literature, theology and philosophy. Peter was ordained as a Minister in 1998, and awarded a Doctorate Degree of Philosophy in 2001.
One of his history novels ‘Dalton’s Gold’ was based upon a story by his grandfather of one of their family who was involved in the Eureka Stockade, revealing some astonishing family secrets 150 years after the Eureka Stockade. Peter’s meticulously precise historical details, coupled with his sense of humour and unbridled passion will leave even the most ardent historian enlightened.
As a keen historian and dedicated philosopher, he spent many years in the Shakespearean works, realizing the dramatist had cited the likes of Plutarch, Virgil, Philo, Homer, Quintus Ennius, Livy, Julius Caesar, Cornelius Nepos, Flavius Josephus, just to name a few. With his theological training, Peter noticed dozens of Jewish sources originally penned in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek within the Shakespearean works, including the Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Formation); Babylonian Talmud; Midrash Tanḥuma; Sefer Raziel HaMalach (Book of the Angel Raziel); Targum Ecclesiastes (the earliest rabbinic commentary on Ecclesiastes); Zohar of Mantua (1557, and 3 volume edition 1558-60); Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers); Sefer Chassidim (Book of the Pious), Sefer Ha Bahir (Book of Illumination); Sefer haYashar (Book of Jasher); Sefer Raziel HaMalach (Book of the Angel Raziel). We must not forget the vast amount of imageries containing much of the Jewish Essene teaching contained in the Dead Sea Scrolls, such as the Book of Jubilees that was otherwise out of circulation in the 16th century, which he very interesting indeed.
Having immersed himself amid innumerable Shakespearean imageries and the mysteries of Kabbalah, he discovered the two are synonymous. One cannot simply read the Shakespearean works without the study of these ancient esoteric Hebrew principles. Each play was deliberately embellished with Hebrew piyyut (embellished poetry used as poetic song in worship on Sabbaths and festivals), Jewish (particularly Essene) theology, and Kabbalistic lore from the Sefer Yetzirah, the Babylonian Talmud, and the first Zohar of Mantua, which was printed by members of the Bassano family.
Peter has turned his passion to paper, now a full-time author, he is currently finalizing Volume Two of ‘Genesis of the Shakespearean Works’ which will also include his work on the Sonnets. Look out for it on bookshelves later this year. Look out for it on bookshelves later this year. Also don’t forget to keep abreast of his academic papers and messages.