Faculty

Ryan Roberts

Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Division

Bible, Religion, & Ministry

Education

Ph.D., UCLA
M.A., UCLA
M.A., Trinity Western University 

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Research Interests:

The Old Testament in its ancient Near Eastern context, Archaeoseismology, Disaster study in the prophetic corpus, Textual transmission of the Hebrew Bible/Dead Sea Scrolls

Presentations:

  • “Records of Ruin in Middle Assyrian Building Inscriptions: Propaganda or Problems in the Textual and Archaeological Record?” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2012
  • “Reevaluating Leonine Imagery in Amos 1:2 in Light of a Neo–Assyrian Parallel.” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2012
  • “Connecting the Fractures of an Ancient, Levantine Earthquake.” UCLA History + (Plus) Conference, Los Angeles, October 2011
  • “Reading and Aligning a Variant Text: 4QDeutk1.” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Los Angeles, March 2011
  • “Advances and False Leads in Levantine Archaeoseismology.” UCLA Archaeology Graduate Student Conference, February 2011
  • “Shaking Out the Past: Anthropological Approaches to Natural Disaster in the Eighth Century.” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Atlanta, November 2010
  • “Stretched to its Limits: Clarifying the Scope of Amos’s Earthquake.” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Atlanta, November 2010
  • “A Confluence of Clues: Earthquake Imagery in Eighth Century Prophetic Texts.” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Phoenix, March 2010
  • “Historical Ordering in the Deuteronomy Dead Sea Scrolls.” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Phoenix, March 2010
  • “Repetition, Reduction, and Rereading in the Kirta Epic.” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, New Orleans, November 2009
  • “The Kirta Epic and Reflections on Scribal Education at Ugarit.” UCLA Colloquium, Nov 2009
  • “Copying for Clarity: 4QDeutk2 and its ‘Variants.’” Pacific Coast Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Santa Clara, March 2009
  • “What Mean These Stones, A Reappraisal of Iron II Massebot.” Pacific Coast of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Pasadena, March 2008

Publications:

  • “Is Anyone Home? Amos 6:8–11 in light of Post–Disaster Housing,” forthcoming book chapter
  • “Shalman” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 2009
  • “Shammah” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 2009
  • “Syene” in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 2009
  • The Book of Psalms: Composition and Reception. Edited by Patrick Miller and Peter W. Flint with the assistance of Aaron Brunell and Ryan Roberts, 2005

Personal Interests:

Dr. Roberts is passionate about supporting local agriculture, practicing treatment free beekeeping, visiting scores of national parks, spending time outdoors, and being with his wife and baby daughter.

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