Dr. Michael DeRoche


Associate Professor


Ph.D. McMaster University, 1986
M.Th. Université Laval, 1979
M.A. McMaster University, 1978
B.A. (Hons) Acadia University, 1977


Office: 5010 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-3539
Email: mderoche@mun.ca

Research Interests

Biblical studies, narratology, ancient Israelite religion, 2nd temple Judaism, early rabbinic Judaism.

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: The Old Testament
RELS 2051: The New Testament
RELS 2130: Christianity from the First Century to the Middle Ages
RELS 3200: Jesus of Nazareth
RELS 3210: Paul and His Writings
RELS 3272: Bible, Culture, and Interpretation
RELS 3305: Ancient Israel
RELS 3310: Judaism at the Time of Jesus
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.


  • "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.



Department of Religious Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000