Roger Nam

Roger Nam, PhD

Dean, Portland Seminary

Professor of Biblical Studies


Roger Nam


Roger Nam (PhD, UCLA) serves as the dean of Portland Seminary and professor of biblical studies.

Nam’s work is primarily on understanding the nature of economy in the ancient Near East, as reflected in biblical and extra-biblical texts. His first book, Portrayals of Exchange in the Book of Kings (Brill, 2012), 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 University Press) as well as a technical commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah for the Old Testament Library (Westminster John Knox). Nam is coediting The Oxford Handbook for Wealth and Poverty in the Biblical World (Oxford University Press), and he co-chairs the steering committee for Economics in the Biblical World for the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meetings. Nam is a grant principal for Theologia, The Institute for Pastoral Thriving, and he oversees the Kern 3-2 Grant Program, set to launch in the fall of 2019. He is a contributor to Working Preacher, and a frequent collaborator with the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.

Nam previously worked as a pastor in Seoul, Korea, and as a financial analyst in the Silicon Valley. As a California native, he frequently complains about the Oregon weather, while secreting loving the clean air, food carts and watching In-N-Out burger come closer and closer to the Portland metro area.

Nam is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences and universities. He and his family attend Bethel Presbyterian Church.

Expertise and Research Interests

Ancient Near Eastern Economies, Comparative Semitics, Ezra-Nehemiah, Levantine Archaeology, Social Scientific Approaches to the Bible

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