Dr Nathaniel Greene

Dr Nathaniel Greene
Dr Nathaniel Greene
Dr Nathaniel Greene

Lecturer

Accepting PhDs

About
Email Address
nathaniel.greene@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 272393
Office Address

KCS6

School/Department
School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History

Biography

After completing an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and MDiv in Old Testament, I moved on to undertake my graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I matriculated into what was, at the time, the Hebrew and Semitic Studies Department. I spent the duration of my time in the Badger State honing expertise in Northwest Semitic languages and literatures with specializations in Northwest Semitic epigraphy, paleography, the composition history of the Deuteronomistic History, and archaic state formation. Upon finishing my doctoral studies in 2018 and spending a year on faculty at my alma mater, I moved back to greater Boston for a short-term post at Brandeis University. After finally emerging from the long dark of COVID-19 lockdowns, I moved here to Aberdeen with my golden retriever, Odin (who you will likely see if you spend any time on campus in our department). 

I otherwise enjoy spending time exploring Scotland, cooking and baking, and otherwise attempting to enjoy the time I have.

Qualifications

  • PhD Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 
    2018 - University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • M.A. Hebrew and Semitic Studies 
    2013 - University of Wisconsin-Madison 
  • M.Div. Old Testament 
    2010 - Emmanuel School of Religion 
  • B.A. Biblical Studies 
    2007 - Milligan College 

External Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

American Society of Overseas Research

Colloquium for Biblical and Near Eastern Studies

Latest Publications

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Prizes and Awards

British Academy Talent Development Awards 2023–2024 (£10,000): Digitising Pre-Modern Material Culture: Foundations and Innovations (with Dr. Karl Kinsella)

Research

Research Overview

Dr. Greene's research focuses on the relationship between scribes, states, and literary production in the ancient southern Levant. With specialization in Northwest Semitic languages, he utilizes advanced imaging techniques such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging to bring ancient inscriptions to life in new ways, allowing him to reimagine the scribal and literary landscape of Iron Age Israel. He brings the results of this work to bear on the texts contained within the Deuteronomistic History to help investigate Israel's origins and its state formation at the earliest stages of its formation. He also works in conceptual metaphor theory and metaphorical expression within Northwest Semitic literatures. These interests have also lead him to work extensively in Palmyrene Aramaic epigraphy.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Divinity.


Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Divinity

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Biblical Studies
  • Ancient Hebrew Language
  • Aramaic Language
  • Ancient Middle Eastern Languages

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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