Roger Nam is the current Dean at Portland Seminary of George Fox U., and a professor of Biblical Studies. 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, he 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), and is also the co-editor for the Oxford Handbook for Wealth and Poverty in the Biblical World (OUP). Finally, Roger serves as a grant principal for Theologia, The George Fox University Summer Theology Institute, and for the Institute for Pastoral Thriving.