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Professor Dermot Nestor Name: Professor Dermot Nestor
+612 9701 4510
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
North Sydney
Tenison Woods House(Bldg.532 - 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney NSW 2060)-Level 13-Room13.06
Biographical Information

BA Hons First Class, PhD, Trinity College Dublin

Dermot Nestor is the current Head of School for Theology at ACU and is based at the Strathfield Campus. He joined the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy in July of 2011 from the School of Religions & Theology, Trinity College Dublin where he completed his B.A (Hons) and where he received his PhD. This dissertation, on the theme of Israelite ethnic identity, was conducted under the supervision of Prof. A.D.H. Mayes and was supported through a prestigious Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship. In addition to teaching at Trinity College, he has also taught at several other institutes including Katholikie Universiteit Leuven, and SI. Patrick's College, Dublin. He has served as an elected member of the Royal Irish Academy's Classical and Near Eastern Studies Committee, as well as several international scholarly communities based at Trinity College Dublin.


Selected Publications

Cognitive Persepctives on Israelite Identity, Continuum/T&T Clark, 2010.

"Merneptah's Israel and the Absence of Origins in Biblical Scholarship." Currents in Biblical Research, Volume 13.3 (2015), 293-329

"We are Family: Deuteronomy 14 and the Boundaries of an Israelite Identity.' The Bible and Critical Theory, 9:1 (2013): 49-64.

"Somewhere under the Rainbow: Noah's Altar and the Archaeology of Cult in Ancient Israel." In Opening Heaven's Floodgates: The Genesis Flood Narrative its Context and Reception, ed. J. Silverman, 249-90. Gorgias Press, 2013.

"If not now, when? The Ecological Potential of Isaiah&rsquos &lsquoNew Things&rsquo.&rdquo In Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives, ed. Mary L. Coloe, 33-56. Liturgical Press, 2013.


Biblical Studies, eraly Israelite history and religion, material culture


Sociology of Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Archaeology, Material Culture Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Early Israelite history, religion and language, Israelite identity, Archaeological recovery of Israelite Identity, Materiality and Israelite religion, Sociological and anthropological perspectives on the Old Testament, food taboos in Israelite and Jewish society, Pierre Bourdieu's work on the concept of symbolic violence.


Ancient Languages, Biblical Studies, Sociology of Religion.

Professional Memberships
  • SBL (Society for Biblical Literature)
  • SOTS (Society for the Study of the Old Testament)
  • ACBA (Australian Catholic Biblical Association)
  • FBS (Fellowship for Biblical Studies)
  • EAJS (European Association for Jewish Studies)
  • EABS (European Association of Biblical Studies)

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