Ronald A. Simkins, MA, PhD
Ronald A. Simkins, MA, PhD

Ronald A. Simkins, MA, PhD

Professor
Director, Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Archaeology of Israel and Jordan; History, Religion, and Society of Israel, Egypt, and the Ancient Near East; Near Eastern Myths and Literature

Biography

Ronald Simkins has taught at Creighton since 1990. He a professor in Theology and Classical & Near Eastern Studies. He also directs the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society. He completed his graduate studies at Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, with specialties in the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel, Hebrew, and epigraphy. He regularly teach courses on the Hebrew Bible, archaeology, and history.
Professor Simkins is the founding and general editor of the Journal of Religion & Society, an academic, peer-review e-journal published by the Kripke Center (http://www.creighton.edu/jrs). His academic interests include creation myths, gender studies, religion and the environment, the political economy of ancient Israel, and the social and cultural world of ancient Israel. He has published broadly on all of these topics. 
Professor Simkins has also produced the digital archaeology project, The Virtual World Project (http://www.virtualworldproject.org), which enables scholars and students to take virtual tours of archaeological sites in Israel and Jordan. He, along with other colleagues, continue to contribute to the project.
A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my Curriculum Vitae.

Education

  • Ph.D. at Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1990
  • M.A.T.S. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1984
  • B.A. at Evangel College, 1982

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Creator and Creation: Nature in the Worldview of Ancient Israel. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers. Out of Print; Available online at https://creighton.academia.edu/RonSimkins., 2004
  • Yahweh’s Activity in History and Nature in the Book of Joel. Ancient Near Eastern Texts and Studies 10. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Press., 1991

Articles

  • “Care for the Poor and Needy: The Bible’s Contribution to an Economic and Social Safety Net.”, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 14, 4-13, 2017
  • “The Bible, Religion, and the Evironment.”  Routledge Handbook of Environmental Anthropology. Edited by Helen Kopnina and Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet. New York: Routledge., 144-55, 2016
  • “The Bible and Anthropocentrism: Putting Humans in Their Place.” Environmental Anthropology: Critical Concepts in Anthropology. Edited by Helen Kopnina. Volume 2. London: Routledge., 2016
  • “Biblical History and Archaeology: Old Testament.” Catholic Study Bible, Third Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 33-55, 2016
  • “Identity and the Process of Identification: An Introduction.”, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 13, 1-4, 2016
  • “Gender and Identity in Biblical Israel.”, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 13, 22-34, 2016
  • “Scientific Nonsense, Historical Fiction, and Biblical Authority: The Historical Adam and Other Misguided Dogmas.”, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 11, 31-45, 2015
  • “The Bible and Anthropocentrism: Putting Humans in Their Place.”, Dialectical Anthropology, 38, 4, 397-413, 2014
  • “Joel.” Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., and Matthew J. M. Coomber., Fortress, 837-44, 2014
  • “The Embodied World: Creation Metaphors in the Ancient Near East.”, Biblical Theology Bulletin, 44, 1, 40-53, 2014
  • “The Widow and Orphan in the Political Economy of Ancient Israel.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 10, 20-33, 2014
  • “The Virtual World Project: Touring the Ancient World,” with Nicolae Roddy. Available online at http://asorblog.org/?p=4641., ASOR Blog, 2013
  • "Anthropocentrism and the Place of Humans in the Biblical Tradition.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 9, 16-29, 2013
  • "Visual Ambiguity in the Biblical Tradition: The Word and Image of God.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 8, 27-39, 2012
  • "Biblical Studies as a Secular Discipline: The Role of Faith and Theology.", Journal of Religion & Society, 13, 1-17, 2011
  • "Gender, the Environment, and Sin in Genesis.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 5, 45-61, 2009
  • "Work and Creation.", Bible Today, 47, 225-231, 2009
  • "The End of Nature: Humans and the Natural World in the History of Creation.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 3, 47-65, 2008
  • "An Introduction: The Legacy of Lynn White, Jr.", Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 3, 1-4, 2008
  • "Competing Portraits of the Israelite Family." Religion and the Family. Edited by R. A. Simkins and G. S. Risch. Omaha: Creighton University Press., 46-67, 2008
  • "Biblical History and Archaeology." Catholic Study Bible, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press., 30-54, 2006
  • "Archaeology of the Bible." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 52-54, 2005
  • "Kinship in Genesis 16 and 21 and Numbers 27 and 36." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 86-88, 2005
  • "Hospitality in Genesis 18:1-15 and 19:1-11." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 90-91, 2005
  • "Honor and Shame in Genesis 34 and 1 Samuel 25." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 104-106, 2005
  • "Limited Good in Genesis 23." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 100-101, 2005
  • "Apology of David." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 149-150, 2005
  • "Traditional Tales (Gen 12:10-20; 20:1-8; 26:6-11)." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 81-82, 2005
  • "Patronage in 1 Kings 17 and 2 Kings 8." Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction. Edited by Mark Roncace and Patrick Gray. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature., 158-160, 2005
  • “Family in the Political Economy of Monarchic Judah.” Available online at http://bibleandcriticaltheory.org/index.php/bct/ article/viewFile/19/6., The Bible and Critical Theory, 1, 1, 2004
  • “Marriage and Gender in the Old Testament.” Marriage in the Catholic Tradition. Edited by Todd Salzman, Thomas Kelly, and John O’Keefe. New York: Crossroads, 21-29, 2004
  • Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. Edited with William L. Blizek. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS01.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 1, 2004
  • “Gender and the Body in Ancient Israel.” Practical Theology: Perspectives from the Plains. Edited by Michael G. Lawler and Gail S. Risch. Omaha: Creighton University Press., 61-77, 2000
  • “Teaching the Bible through the Internet: In the Classroom and at a Distance.”, Journal of Religion & Society, 2, 2000
  • “Case Studies from the Second Wave of Research in the Social World of the Hebrew Bible,” with Stephen L. Cook., Semeia, 87, 1-14, 1999
  • “Patronage and the Political Economy of Monarchic Israel.”, Semeia, 87, 123-44, 1999
  • “Class and Gender in Early Israel.” Concepts of Class in Ancient Israel. South Florida Studies in the History of Judaism; The Hebrew Scriptures and Their World, 201. Edited by M. Sneed. Atlanta: Scholars Press., 71-87, 1999
  • “Gender Construction in the Yahwist Creation Myth.” Genesis: A Feminist Companion to the Bible (Second Series). Edited by A. Brenner. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press., 32-52, 1998
  • “The Day of the Locusts: The Environment in the Book of Joel.”, Bible Today, 33, 23-27, 1995
  • “Return to Yahweh: Honor and Shame in Joel.”, Semeia, 68, 41-54, 1994
  • “God, History, and the Natural World in the Book of Joel.”, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 55, 435-52, 1993

Editing and Reviews

  • Religion and Politics. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS14.html, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 14, 2017
  • Religion and Identity. Edited with Thomas M. Kelly. Available online at Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS13.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 13, 2016
  • Religion and the Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges. Edited with Thomas M. Kelly. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS11.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 11, 2015
  • The Bible, the Economy, and the Poor. Edited with Thomas M. Kelly. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS10.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 10, 2014
  • The Greening of the Papacy. Edited with John J. O’Keefe. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS09.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 9, 2013
  • Review of Were the Jews a Mediterranean Society?, by Seth Schwartz., Biblical Theology Bulletin, 42, 101-102, 2012
  • Religion and the Visual. Edited with Wendy M. Wright. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/toc/SS08.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 8, 2012
  • Review of Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible, by Karel van der Toorn., Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 73, 142-144, 2011
  • Women, Gender, and Religion. Edited with Susan Calef. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/ JRS/toc/SS05.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 5, 2009
  • Religion and the Environment. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/ JRS/toc/SS03.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 3, 2008
  • Review of God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation, by Terence E. Fretheim., Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 69, 115-116, 2007
  • The Contexts of Religion and Violence. Available online at http://moses.creighton.edu/ JRS/toc/SS02.html., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 2, 2007
  • Review of When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood, by J. David Pleins., Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 67, 698-699, 2005

Presentations

  • “Working with the Composition of the Pentateuch.” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains – Great Plains Region of the AAR/SBL, Iliff School of Theology, April 1-2, 2016., 2016
  • “Megaliths to Mosques: Touring Levantine Sacred Sites through the Virtual World Project,” with Nicolae Roddy. Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 3-5, 2016., 2016
  • “Social Security, Insurance, and Bankruptcy: Is There a Safety Net in the Biblical Tradition?” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, November 20-24, 2015., 2015
  • “Sabbath and Covenant in Genesis 9.” Presentation at Ahavas Chesed Synagogue, Mobile, AL, during the annual meeting of the Council of Centers of Jewish- Christian Relations., 2014
  • “Do the Laws Concerning the Widow and Orphan Help?” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013., 2013
  • “Poverty and Forgiveness of Debt in Ancient Israel.” Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013., 2013
  • “A Non-Anthropocentric Bible: Putting Humans in Their Place.” The Bible and Justice; a conference at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA, May 30–June 2, 2013., 2013
  • “Writing an Academic Proposal.” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains – Great Plains Region of the AAR/SBL, Denver Seminary, April 5-6, 2013., 2013
  • “Reciprocity and Solidarity in the Hebrew Bible.” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains – Great Plains Region of the AAR/SBL, Brigham Young University, March 23-24, 2012., 2012
  • “Biblical Studies as a Secular Discipline: Reflections of a Protestant Scholar on a Catholic Theology Faculty.” Regional Senior Scholar address given at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains – Great Plains Region of the AAR/SBL, Iliff School of Theology, March 18-19, 2011., 2011
  • “How is Sin Like a Wife? Desire and Ruling in Genesis.” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountains – Great Plains Region of the AAR/SBL, Regis University, March 6-7, 2009., 2009

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; Creation Myths; Gender Studies; Religion and Ecology; Political Economy of Ancient Israel; Social and Cultural World of Ancient Israel; Archaeology of Israel and Jordan