Nicolae Roddy, MA, PhD
Nicolae Roddy, MA, PhD

Nicolae Roddy, MA, PhD

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Hebrew Bible / Older Testament; Society and Literature of Early Judaism and Early Christianity (Pseudepigraphical and Apocryphal Literature); Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Eastern Orthodox Theology and Culture; Romanian Apocryphal Texts and Traditions

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Professor

Biography

Dr. Nicolae Roddy teaches graduate courses in Hebrew Bible / Older Testament at Creighton University. Since 1996, he has served as co-director and area supervisor for the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP), an archaeological site located at the foot of the Golan Heights near the Sea of Galilee, and also co-directs the Virtual World Project, a web-based virtual reality resource dedicated to Syro-Palestinian archaeology, available at www.virtualworldproject.org. In addition, Dr. Roddy is a member of the Board of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies and serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies (JOCABS). He is past President of the Rocky Mountain/Great Plains Region of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). Roddy also serves on the steering committee of the Biblical Studies in the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Traditions sections of SBL. Dr. Roddy has presented academic papers throughout Romania and Israel, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, and Amsterdam. He is the author of The Romanian Version of the Testament of Abraham: Text, Translation, and Cultural Context (Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2001), as well as an edited work entitled Words of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of Protostavrophor Vojislav Dosenovich (Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery, 2006). He has authored numerous book chapters and journal articles and is currently writing a book on deception in the Bible. Dr. Roddy earned the Master of Arts in Theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (1989) and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (1999), having completed his dissertation research as a Fulbright Scholar to Romania during the 1994-1995 academic year. Of Romanian heritage, Dr. Roddy is an active member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Omaha. He is married to Alexandra Roddy, formerly of Bucharest, Romania, and has five children.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1999; Eastern Orthodox Theology, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 1989.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Warriors, Wives, and Wisdom, in Papers of the 28th Annual Klutznick-Harris-Schwalb Symposium: The World to Come. Studies in Jewish Civilization, West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press (forthcoming, expected 2017), Purdue University Press, 2016
  • The Niche of Skulls in the Cave of Letters, in The John and Carol Merrill Cave of Letters Excavations, 1999-2001. H. M. Jol, R. A. Freund, and P. Reeder, eds.; Elsevere (in press, expected 2017), Elsevier, 2016
  • Biblical Anthropology: Why the Patristic Distinction between Image and Likeness Matters, in Studies in Orthodox Hermeneutics: A Festschrift in Honor of Theodore G. Stylianopoulos (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2016), Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 251-73, 2016
  • “Chariots of Fire, Unassailable Cities, and the One True King: The Prophetically Influenced Scribal Perspective on War.” ) in P. Hamalis and V. Karras, eds.; War and Peace: Orthodox Views., University of Notre Dame Press, 2015
  • Forward, in How Jonah is Interpreted in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Mishael M. Caspi and John T. Greene, eds., Edwin Mellen Press, i-v, 2011
  • Slavonic Apocryphal Traditions in the Romanian Lands: Diffusion and Diffraction, in Old Testament Apocrypha in the Slavonic Tradition: Continuity and Diversity; L. DiTommaso and C. Böttrich, eds., Mohr Siebeck, 375-388, 2011
  • “In Search of a Genuine Biblical Anthropology: Two Case Studies,” (“În căutarea unei antropologii scripturistice autentice: două studii de caz.”). Pp. 180-192 in Biserica Ortodoxă şi Drepturile Omului: Paradigme, fundamente, implicaţii (The Orthodox Church and the Rights of Man: Paradigms, Foundations, and Implications); Nicolae Răzvan Stan, trans., ed.; Bucharest, Romania: S.C. Universul Juridic S.R.L., 2010., S.C. Universul Juridic, S.R.L., Bucharest, Romania, 180-192, 2010
  • Does the Orthodox Lectionary Subvert the Gospel?: The Parable of the Wicked Husbandmen in Light of the Prophetical Priestly Perspective of the Exile, in The Old Testament As Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East, V. Hovanhessian, ed., Peter Lang, 65-71, 2010
  • Introduction, in The Old Testament As Authoritative Scripture in the Early Churches of the East, V. Hovanhessian, ed., Peter Lang, 1-7, 2010
  • Landscape of Shadows: The Image of City in the Hebrew Bible, in Cities Through the Looking Glass, R. Arav, ed., Eisenbrauns, 11-21, 2008
  • with F. Flannery, C. Shantz. and R. Werline, in Experientia, Volume 1: Inquiry into Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity. Symposium 40. F. Flannery, C. Shantz, and R. Werline, eds.; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008, 1–10., Society of Biblical Literature Press, 1-10, 2008
  • Visul Maicii Domnului: A New Testament Romanian Amulet Text, i The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East, V. Hovanhessian, ed., Peter Lang, 43-49, 2008

Articles

  • Săpăturile arheologice de la et-Tell / Betsaida” (The Archaeological Excavations at et-Tell / Bethsaida)., Danubius, 33, 233-240, 2015
  • You Didn’t Build That: A Prophetic View of the Political Economy from the Exile,” in The Bible, The Economy, and the Poor, Journal of Religion and Society, R. A. Simkins, ed., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 10, 2014
  • Righteous in His Own Eyes: Prophetical Scribal Influence on Biblical Characters, in Bethsaida in Archaeology, History and Ancient Culture, J. Ellens, ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 256-66, 2014
  • “The Political and Cultural Horizons of Persian Period Bethsaida”., Popular Archaeology, 11, 2013
  • “A Zoomorphic Pouring Vessel from Bethsaida.”, Popular Archaeology, 7, 2012
  • “I’m Not There: Self-Negation as Authentication in the Prophetic Tradition,” Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi Festschrift: Studies in the Old Testament (N. Roddy, ed.), Peter Lang, 91-100, 2012
  • “’What do These Stones Mean?’: The Hebrew Bible as Nexus of Event and Ultimacy.”, Studia Hebraica, 12, 2012
  • “Visul Maicii Domnului: A New Testament Romanian Amulet Text.” The Canon of the Bible and the Apocrypha in the Churches of the East. Vahan S. Hovhanessian, ed., Peter Lang, 43-49, 2012
  • “And the Blue Became Red and Dwelt Among Us: Mapping Boundaries of Meaning in Eastern Orthodox Iconography.” Religion and the Visual, R. A. Simkins and W. M. Wright, eds.,, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 8, 134-44, 2012
  • “What Happens on an Archaeological Dig.”, Popular Archaeology, 2, 2011
  • Roddy, N. Perforated Tripodal Vessels at Iron II Bethsaida-Tzar, Biblische Notizen, 141, 91-100, 2009
  • The Way It Wasn't: The Book of Judith as Anti-Hasmonean Propaganda, Studia Hebraica, 8, 269-277, 2009
  • "Orthodox Perspectives on Augustine of Hippo," in Augustine in Christian Life, Thought, and Practice, R. A. Simkins and J. O'Keefe, eds., Journal of Religion and Society Supplement 14 (forthcoming in 2017), Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, Supplement series 14
  • “Exile as Identity in Persian Yehud,” in Religion and Identity, in R. A. Simkins and T. Kelley, eds., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 13, 35-47

Publications

  • Interviewed by journalist for “Exodus: Gods and Kings,”, Omaha World-Herald, Dec 2014, 2014
  • With R. A. Simkins, The Virtual World Project: Touring the Ancient World., ASOR Blog, 2013

Editing and Reviews

  • Review of E. Pentiuc, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition., Theological Studies, 75, no. 4, 940, 2014
  • Review of M. Boys, Redeeming our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians., Horizons, 41 no. 1., 194-96. , 2014
  • Review of C. Constantineanu, The Social Significance of Reconciliation in Paul’s Theology: Narrative Readings in Romans., Journal of Religion, 93 no. 4. , 532-34. , 2013
  • Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi: Studies in the Old Testament., Peter Lang, 2012
  • A. Kulik, Retroverting slavonic pseudepigrapha: toward the original of the Apocalypse of Abraham, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 68, 335-337, 2006
  • A. Segal, Life after death: A history of the afterlife in Western religion, Bible Review, 21, 42-46, 2005

Presentations

  • “The Archaeology of Herod,” Goren-Goldstein Center for Hebraic Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Romania., 2016
  • “Archaeology of the Levant,” Goren-Goldstein Center for Hebraic Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Romania, Oct. 18, 2016., 2016
  • "Orthodox Perspectives on the Bishop of Hippo,” Augustine in Christian Life, Thought, and Practice: A Symposium in Memory of William Harmless, S.J., Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2016
  • “The Art of Deception and the Deception of Art: The Rape of Tamar (2 Samuel 13),” AAR/SBL/ Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting; Denver, CO., 2016
  • “Methodological Issues in the Identification of Biblical Sites: The Case of Geshur,” AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA., 2014
  • “Introduction to the Orthodox Church,” Lecture series for the Christian wing of the Omaha Tri-Faith Initiative, Rejoice Lutheran Church, Nov. 2, 9, and 16, 2014., 2014
  • Response to Father Witherup's paper for the Vatican II Commemoration of Dei Verbum., 2014
  • “The Older Testament in Three Dimensions,” Antiochian Biblical Institute Symposium, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Coral Gables, FL., 2014
  • “Religion and World War II,” Values and Visions Symposium, Bellevue University, Bellevue, NE., 2013
  • “By the Waters of Babylon: Toward a Genuine Biblical Anthropology,” College Theology Society Annual Convention, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • “Can Anything be Said about Persian Bethsaida Besides ‘There Ain’t Much There?’”AAR/SBL/ASOR Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting; Denver, CO., 2013
  • “You Didn’t Build That: A Prophetic View of the Political Economy from the Exile,”The Bible, The Economy, and the Poor, Kripke Center Symposium, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2013
  • “Bethsaida and Jerusalem During the Persian Period: A Geopolitical Comparison,” Fourteenth Annual Batchelder Conference for Archaeology, University of Nebraska at Omaha., 2012
  • “Parable of the Sower,” Homily, St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wichita, KS., 2012
  • “When the Bible became Bible” and “What do these Stones Mean: What Archaeology can and cannot tell us about the Bible,” Second Annual Bible Lecture series, St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, Wichita, KS., 2012
  • “Discovering the Present through Uncovering the Past,” Northfield School for the Liberal Arts,” Wichita, KS., 2012
  • “St. Andrew the First-Called: The Road from his Home,” Eight Day Interdenominational Men’s Group, Wichita, KS., 2012
  • “The Prophetic Critique of Wisdom: The Elihu Discourses in the Book of Job,” Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) International Meeting, Amsterdam, The Netherlands., 2012
  • Invited participant in the Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Holy Saturday Service, 2012
  • “’What do These Stones Mean?’: The Hebrew Bible as Nexus of Event and Ultimacy,” AAR/SBL/ASOR Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting; Provo, UT., 2012
  • “Ego as Exile: An Older Testament Perspective on Human Suffering,” in An Interdisciplinary Series Regarding Explanations for Human Misery in Today’s World, cosponsored by the Theology Department and the Kenefick Chair in the Humanities, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2012
  • “The Old Testament Revealed,” 2011 Orthodox Institute, Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA., 2011
  • Invited to Grace University to teach a class on Eastern Orthodox Liturgical services, 2011
  • Invited to address Central High School World Religions class on the Eastern Orthodox Church, 2011
  • "And the Blue Became Red and Dwelt Among Us: Mapping Boundaries of Meaning in Eastern Orthodox Iconography," Religion and the Visual Symposium, Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • “Portals to Paradise: Decoding Iconography of the Christian East,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE., 2011
  • “A Zoomorphic Pouring Vessel from Bethsaida: Questions of Form and Function,” AAR/SBL/ASOR Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting; Omaha, NE., 2011
  • “Behind the Veil: The Eastern Orthodox Church,” University of Nebraska at Omaha., 2011
  • Invited by Univ. NE/Omaha Dept of Philosophy and Religion to address faculty on how to present Eastern Orthodoxy in their World Religions classes, 2011
  • “Chariots of Fire, Unassailable Cities, and the One True King: The Prophetical Priestly Perspective from the Exile on War and Peace,” LOGOS Meeting, Boston, MA., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Hebrew Bible / Older Testament; Society and Literature of Early Judaism and Early Christianity (Pseudepigraphical and Apocryphal Literature); Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Eastern Orthodox Theology and Culture; Romanian Apocryphal Texts and Traditions

Current Research Projects

  • Hebrew Bible / Older Testament; Syro-Palestinian Archaeology; Eastern Orthodox Theology and Culture

Grant Funding Received

  • Kripke Center Research Grant, “Virtual World Project in the Galilee”
  • CU Faculty Summer Research Fellowship Program, “Developing the ‘Prophetical Priestly Perspective from the Exile’: A Catholic/Orthodox Approach for Teaching the Older Testament”

Awards and Honors

  • Kathleen Connolly-Weinert Leadership Award, Theta Alpha Kappa, 2014
  • Virtual World Project in the Galilee, Kripke Center Research Grant, 2012