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Nina S. Heereman, SSD

Assistant Professor Sacred Scripture / Department Chair Sacred Scripture


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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

Art of the Word, “Now to you how believe this stone is precious” #5: Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. A conversation with Michael Dinsmore on the nature of the Church. https://www.ivoox.com/now-to-y...

Academy of Our Lady of Gum (Online), A Lenten Reflection 2021, Aligning our Sufferings with the Sufferings of Jesus Christ

2020 Anchored Conference, Augustine Institute (Online), Finding Consolation in the Book of Revelation

Bible Eyes, Patriarchy of Bagdad, Iraq (Online), “They have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony” (Rev 12:11). The Final Battle Between Good and Evil in the Book of Revelation.

On the Road to Emmaus: Things You Never Learned About Mary, A conversation with Dr. Scott Hahn on the Mariology of Matthias Joseph Scheeben. https://emmausroad.libsyn.com/things-you-never-learned-about-mary

Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense (CBL) LXVII, July 25-28 2018, The Song of Song in its Context: Words for Love, Love for Words.
L'époux et l'épouse. Les Noces. Presentation to the French speaking Seminar (2 days à 2 hours) and Short Paper:“Behold your King!” (John 19:14) – An Intertextual Allusion to Song 3:11LXX?

"'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

Recuperating the Song of Songs as Religious Poetry. Building a Bridge from Composition to Canon, in P. van Hecke (ed.), The Song of Songs in Its Context: Word for Love, Love for Words (BETL, 310), Leuven, Peeters, 2020, 219-270.

„‘Danke, dass Ihr meinem Ruf gefolgt seid‘. Eine Betrachtung zu vierzig Jahren Medjugorje, Medjugorje Deutschland (Juni 2021) 1-3.

„Moral ohne Jesus, Jesus ohne Moral? Jesus ist die Aufklärung über den Menschen“, Die Tagespost (Forum: Die Zukunft der Moral – die Moral der Zukunft), 24. Dezember 2020. Die Tagespost Online: https://www.die-tagespost.de/k...

„Da ist euer Gott!“, Die Tagespost (3. Dezember 2020) 14.

„Almosen Geben rettet vor dem Tod“, Informationsblatt der Petrusbruderschaft (08/2020) 9.

„König und Richter“, Die Tagespost (8. Oktober 2020) 14.

„Ein hartes Jesuswort“, Die Tagespost (13. August 2020) 14.

„Vom Bekenntnis“, Die Tagespost (18. Juni 2020) 14.

„Trost zum Abschied“, Die Tagespost (14. Mai 2020) 14. 

«Where is Wisdom to be Found?» Rethinking the Song of Song’s Solomonic Setting, in ZAW 130 (2018) 418-435.

“ ‘Who is the Church?’ Part II.  The Roots of the Church in the Old Testament,” Pietre Vive 7/2019.

„ ‘Who is the Church?’ Part I.  The Roots of the Church in the Old Testament,” Pietre Vive 6/2018.

„Bei Euch soll es nicht so sein“, Die Tagespost (Beilage Welt & Kirche 2), 29. Januar 2020. (for English see translation: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/german-theology-prof-says-restricting-priests-power-will-not-stop-abuse)

"'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