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Nina S. Heereman, SSD

Associate Professor of Sacred Scriptures/Chair of Sacred Scriptures


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Ass. jur. - Second State Examination in Law, Free State of Bavaria (Germany).

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 to become a lawyer, she experienced a deep encounter with the Lord which led her to discern a vocation as a lay woman celibate for the sake of the kingdom. She received two years of spiritual formation and attended the ICPE school of Evangelization in India, Banglore, which eventually 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 SSD from the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem on and the Université de Fribourg. During and after her doctoral studies she lectured at the Collège des Bernhardins, Paris, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome as a visiting professor. Explaining her discernment to join St. Patrick’s faculty, 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

July 28-30, 2021 

Applied Biblical Conference, Steubenville (Ohio) 

“The Lord your God has directed all your journeying in the wilderness” (Deut 8:2): Twelve Rules for Life in the Desert

“Now go! I am sending to bring my people out of Egypt.” (Ex 3:10): The Formation of a Prophet for Desert Times.

October 10, 2020 

2020 Anchored Conference, Augustine Institute, Denver 

Finding Consolation in the Book of Revelation 


March 27, 2021 

Academy of Our Lady of Guam 

A Lenten Reflection 2021 

Aligning our Sufferings with the Sufferings of Jesus Christ 


September 8, 2020 

Bible Eyes, Patriarchy of Bagdad  

“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.  


July 24, 2019 

Applied Biblical Conference, Steubenville, USA 

“You Have Excelled them All” (Prov. 30:29): Incarnating Wisdom in the Woman

“I sought to take her as my bride.” (Wisdom 8:2). On the Spousal Role of Wisdom in the Life of the Sage.  

April 30, 2018 

International Formation Weekend of the Living Stones community, Venice, Italy 

The Mystery of the Church as Revealed in the Bible.


Selected Publications

“Behold King Solomon on the Day of His Wedding!”: A Symbolic Diachronic Reading of Song 3:6-11 and 4:12–5:1 (BETL 320, Leuven, Peeters) 2021. 

“Bei euch sei es nicht so!”, in “Was Er euch sagt, das tut!” Kritische Beleuchtung des Synodalen Weges. C. Binninger et. al (Hrsg.), Regensburg, Verlag Friedrich Pustet 2021.   

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. 

 "Moral ohne Jesus, Jesus ohne Moral? Jesus ist die Aufklärung über den Menschen", in Die Tagespost (Forum: Die Zukunft der Moral – die Moral der Zukunft), 24. Dezember 2020.  

“Preface” to Archbishop Gänswein, Way of the Cross (Sophia Institute Press, Manchester, MH 2020); Italian: Gesù nel suo ultimo viaggio lungo le strade della Terra Santa, Prefazione per Georg Gänswein, Via Crucis (Milano, Edizione Ares 2021); German (original): „Vorwort” zu Georg Gänswein, Betrachtungen zum Kreuzweg (Kißlegg, fe-Medien 2020). English:   

‘Who is the Church?’ Part I. The Roots of the Church in the Old Testament,” in: Pietre Vive 6/2018; Part II. The Roots of the Church in the New Testament,” in: Pietre Vive 7/2019. 

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

‘Behold King Solomon!’: Inner-Biblical Interpretation in Song 3:6-11, in A. Schellenberg – L. Schwienhorst-Schönberger (eds.), Interpreting the Song of Songs: Literal or Allegorical? (BTS, 26), Leuven, Peeters, 2016, 181-219.