Roger Nam is the dean of Portland Seminary and professor of biblical studies at Portland Seminary/George Fox University. Nam completed his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA, and he writes extensively on the economics of ancient Israel, drawing on the intersections between text and artifact. He is the author of Portrayals of Exchange in the Book of Kings (Brill, 2012) and The Theology of the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah (Cambridge University Press, 2020). He is presently writing a commentary on Ezra-Nehemiah for the Old Testament Library (Westminster John Knox). and co-editing The Oxford Handbook for Wealth and Poverty in the Biblical World (Oxford University Press). He co-chairs the steering committee for Economics in the Biblical World for the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meetings.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XXII, November 22 – 24, 2019
Economics in the Biblical World
The mechanics of economy in the biblical world were very different from our modern day conceptions. Instead of categories of prices and markets, much of the economic exchange in the biblical world was informed by social categories like kinship, whether actual and fictive. Archaeological evidence such as sealings, palatial complexes and domestic houses help us reconstruct the nature of economics in the biblical world.