Roger Nam


Dr. Nam arrived at Portland Seminary after stints in both youth ministry and corporate finance. As a scholar, he focuses on the historical and social contexts that surround the Bible’s textualization. His work is primarily on understanding the nature of economy in the ancient Near East, as reflected in biblical and extra-biblical texts.

Secondarily, his publishes on Late Bronze Age civilizations, social scientific approaches to the Bible and inner-biblical exegesis. In 2012,  Nam completed his first book, Portrayals of Exchange in the Book of Kings (Leiden: Brill, 2012), which examines the social structures that undergird the economy of ancient Israel.

He is presently completing The Theology of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) as well as a technical commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah for the Old Testament Library (Westminster John Knox). He is also a grant principal for Theologia, The George Fox University Summer Theology Institute.

Academic Background

PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA; ThM, Fuller Theological SeminaryMDiv, General Assembly Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Seoul, Korea; BA, Economics, UCLA

Expertise and Research Interests

Ancient Near Eastern Economies, Comparative Semitics, The Deuteronomistic History, Levantine Archaeology, Qumran, Social Scientific approaches to the Bible

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