Michael DeRoche

Department of Religious Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada
A1C 5S7

Associate Professor

Educational Background

Religious Studies, McMaster University, 1986.

Dissertation: "The Dynamics of Promise: Narrative Logic in the Abraham Story."

Theologie, Universite Laval, 1979.

Religious Studies, McMaster University, 1978.

(Honours) Religious Studies, Acadia University, 1977.

Teaching Experience

1995 - present; Memorial University, Religious Studies:

2001 - Head of the Department

1999 - Associate Professor

1995 - Assistant Professor

1985-1995; Lecturer, University of Calgary, Religious Studies.

Courses Taught

Rels 1000: The Religions of the World

Rels 1020: Christianity in Western Civilization

Rels 1051: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II

Rels 2012: Introduction to Judaism and Islam

Rels 2013: Introduction to Christianity

Rels 2050: Introduction to Hebrew Bible

Rels 2051: Introduction to New Testament

Rels 2130: Religion from the Early Church to the Middle Ages

Rels 3200: Jesus: His Life and Teaching

Rels 3210: Paul and His Writings

Rels 3272: Interpreting the Bible

Rels 3305: The Religion of Ancient Israel

Rels 3310: Judaism at the Beginning of the Christian Era

Rels 3315: The Development of Modern Judaism

Rels 6120: Studies in Religious Texts


"Saved by the Word: The Christian Understanding of the Relationship between Scripture and Salvation," Hindu-Christian Studies Bulletin 9 (1996).

"Patristic Exegesis," Chapter 6 of The Early Church: An Annotated Bibliography of Literature in English. Ed. T. Robinson and B. Shaw. Scarecrow Press, 1993.

"Isa. xlv 7 and the Creation of Chaos," Vetus Testamentum 42 (1992) 11-21.

"The ruah elohim in Gen 1:2c," in Ascribe to the Lord: Biblical and Other Studies in Memory of Peter C. Craigie. Ed. L. Eslinger and G. Taylor. Sheffield, JSOT Press, pp. 303-318.

"Yahweh's Rib against Israel: A Reassessment of the So-Called 'Prophetic Lawsuit' in the Pre-Exilic Prophets," Journal of Biblical Literature 102 (1983) 563-574.

"Jeremiah 2:2-3 and Israel's Love for God During the Wilderness Wanderings," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 45 (1983) 364-376.

"Structure, Rhetoric and Meaning in Hos. IV 4-10," Vetus Testamentum 33 (1983) 185-198.

"The Reversal of Creation in Hosea," Vetus Testamentum 31 (1981) 400-409.

"Israel's 'Two Evils' in Jeremiah II 13," Vetus Testamentum 31 (1981) 369-372.

"Contra Creation, Covenant and Conquest (Jer. viii 13) ," Vetus Testamentum 30 (1980) 280-290.

"Zephaniah I 2-3: The 'Sweeping' of Creation," Vetus Testamentum 30 (1980) 105-109.

"Is Jeremiah 25:15-29 a Piece of Reworked Jeremianic Poetry?" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 10 (1978) 58-67.

Conference Papers:

"Chaismus in the Abraham Narrative," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Edmonton, 2000.

"The Ark of the Covenant," Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Society of Calgary, Calgary, 1994.

" Pre-language Language and the Description of Chaos in Gen 1:2," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Victoria, 1990.

"Linearity and Circularity in 2 Kings 3," Calgary Institute for the Humanities, Calgary, 1989.

"Episode and Plot in Biblical Narrative," Calgary Institute for the Humanities, Calgary, 1987.

"Isaiah 45:7 and the Cosmological Significance of Darkness," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Hamilton, 1987.

"Abram's Journey to Blessing," The Conference on Bible and Literary Criticism, Edmonton, 1987.

"Narrative Techniques in the Abraham Stories," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 1983.