Prof Dermot Anthony Nestor - School of Theology (Faculty of Theology and Philosophy)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

I completed my PhD on the theme of Israelite Identity at Trinity College Dublin under Prof. A.D.H. Mayes. I taught at Trinity College for several years following completion of my doctoral degree as well as at several other institutions in Ireland and one period at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
I moved to Australia with my wife and two young sons in June of 2011 to take up a position at the Strathfield campus of ACU.
I am currently Executive Dean for the Faculty of Theology & Philosophy at ACU.
My research interests, though anchored in the history and religion of ancient Israel, are wholly interdisciplinary and encompass material culture studies through to the cultural historical perspective of Pierre Bourdieu.
I am interested in queries from prospective students on any aspect of either Old Testament study or early Judaism.


Phone :4510 (Strathfield)
URIs : Staff Directory Profile

Research Interests

Ancient Israelite history and religion ; Ancient Israelite identity ; Social scientific perspectives on the Old Testamen ; archaeology and material culture studies ; 2nd Temple Judaism ; Popular cultural appropriations of Biblical texts ; Methods of historical reconstruction ; Cognitive Psychology ; Pierre Bourdieu ; Symbolic Violence ;

Methods Expertise

No research method is currently recorded.

Research Projects

Completed Projects

  • Economic Implications of the Deuteronomic Reform and the Elimination of the Goddess Asherah (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • The New Moon, Sacred Time, and the Boundaries of Ancient Israelite Identity (PhD) (Co-Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Merneptah's Israel and the Absence of Origins in Ancient Israel , in Currents in Biblical Research


We are Family: Deuteronomy 14 and the Boundaries of an Israelite Ethnic Identity,', in The Bible and Critical Theory Vol. 9:1, pp.38-53

'If not now, when? the Ecological Potential of Isaiah's New Things' in Mary Coloe (ed.) Creation is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Persepctives (Liturgical Press, 2013), pp.33-56, in Liturgical Press

'Somewhere under the Rainbow: Noah's Altar and the Archaeology of Cult in Ancient Israel,' , in in J. Silverman (ed.) Opening Heaven's Floodgates: The Genesis Flood Narrative, its Context and Reception (Gorgias Press, 2013), pp. 267-98.


Cognitive Perspectives on Israelite Identity, in Bloomsbury