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Nina S. Heereman, SSD

Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture




S.T.B. - Pontifical Gregorian University

S.S.L. - Pontifical Biblical Institute

S.S.D. - École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem and Université de Fribourg

Dissertation: "Behold King Solomon.  A Symbolic-Diachronic Reading of Song 3:6-11 and 4:12-5:1


Dr. Heereman was born and raised in a devout Catholic family in Germany.  Originally trained as a lawyer, Dr. Heereman experienced a deep conversion experience at the 1997 World Youth Day.  This conversion led her to discern a vocation as a lay woman “celibate for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” and also led her to theological studies so as to “consecrate [her] life to the study and teaching of the Word of God”.  She received an STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University, an SSL from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the very rare SSD from the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem and the Université de Fribourg.  Her doctoral thesis “Behold King Solomon on the Day of His Wedding”: A Symbolic-Diachronic Reading of Song 3:6-11 and 4:12-5:1 has been heralded by scholars as a profound contribution to scholarship on the Song of Songs.  Expressing her excitement about teaching at St. Patrick’s, Dr. Heereman writes: “In particular, I desire to open up the treasures of the Scriptures to future priests so that their ministry might be rooted in the Word of God as the living source of their life and preaching.  I am deeply committed to the Church’s desire to make ‘the study of the sacred page the very soul of theology’ (DV 24).”

Conference/Workshop Presentations

"'Where is Wisdom to Be Found?' Rethinking the Song of Song's Solomonic Setting: The Royal Road to Allegory," SBL Berlin, August 2017.

"Messianic Reverberations of the Song of Songs in the Gospel of John," The Rainbow Jerusalem Group, Interreligious Study & Dialogue, April 5, 2017.

"The Book of Esther and the Feminine Genius," 3rd Annual Women's Conference of the Magdalena Institute, Magdala [Israel], March 5, 2017.

"'Behold King Solomon...' Traces of reception-history within the Song of Songs?" SBL Vienna, July 2014.

Selected Publications

"'Behold King Solomon!’ Inner-Biblical Interpretation in Song 3:6-11", Interpreting the Song of Songs. Literal or Allegorical? (ed. SCHELLENBERG, A. – SCHWIENHORSTSCHÖNBERGER, L.)(Biblical Tools and Studies, Leuven 2016).

Book Review: Schwienhorst-Schönberger, Ludger, Das Hohelied der Liebe (Freiburg, Herder 2015) in Theologische Revue 111 (2015/3) 190-192.

"Es ist nicht gut, dass der Mensch allein bleibt", Feuer und Licht 12/2012.

"Begegnung mit Chinas Untergrundkirche", Kirche Heute 3/2012.

"Your Ticket to Heaven", Magnificat 10/2010