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Michael Simone, S.J.

assistant professor of old testament

Michael Simone, S.J. Profile

Contact Information | (617) 552-6517
Simboli Hall 325


B.A., M.A., M.Div., S.T.L., Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University)

Areas of Interest

Prof. Simone focuses on ritual and imagination in the religions of the ancient Near East. Recent research projects include studies of religious hypostases, religious symbols like divine fire and cultic chariots, and forms of divine embodiment. He is also the author of the commentary on Judges for the Paulist Biblical Commentary (in process) and a commentary on the book of Nahum for the forthcoming third Jerome Biblical Commentary. Prof. Simone has a continuing interest in archaeology, and has studied Tel Hazor, Kuntillet Ajrud, and Teleilat Ghassul. He currently serves on the executive board of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and has also served as a priest at the parishes of Saint Leonard and Saint Cecilia in Boston, and as a chaplain for the Veterans' Administration Maryland Health Care System.


Michael R. Simone, S.J. is a Jesuit of the Chicago-Detroit Province. He is a graduate of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied history and philosophy.  His years of Jesuit formation took him to Detroit, Chicago, Guatemala, Toledo, Israel, and Cambridge, Mass.  After serving as a priest at Saint Leonard's parish in Boston's North End, he attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., where his studies focused on Northwest Semitics and Assyriology.  Upon completing the requirements for the Ph.D, Fr. Simone came to Boston College to serve as a professor of Sacred Scripture.


Michael Simone will be on writing leave Fall semester.

Spring 2018
Introduction to the Old Testament (TMOT 7067)
Psalms (TMOT8003)

Other Courses
Biblical Aramaic
Core Narrative: Genesis to Kings
History of Yahweh
Seminar: Biblical Archaeology
Seminar: Jeremiah
Wisdom Literature

Recent Publications

"A 'Chariot of Fire' in Amos 7:4: A Text Critical Solution for qōrē’ lārīb bā’ēš."Vetus Testamentum.  66/3 (2016): 456-471    
"Judges." Paulist Biblical Commentary. In process.

"Nahum." Jerome Biblical Commentary, 3rd edition. Forthcoming.

Ph.D. Dissertation: "On Fire: Preternatural and Hypostatic Fire in Ancient Israelite Religion." Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University, 2015.

Review of Matthew R. Schlimm, This Strange and Sacred Scripture: Wrestling with the Old Testament and Its OdditiesTheological Studies 77/2 (2016): 531.

Review of Craig Bartholomew, Introducing Biblical Hermeneutics. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, expected publication Jan 2017 issue.

Review of Thomas Römer, The Invention of God. Theological Studies, awaiting publication.

Review of James S. Anderson, Monotheism and Yahweh's Appropriation of Baal. Catholic Biblical Quarterly, awaiting publication.

Review of Mark Smith, Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of Anthropomorphism in the Biblical World, Theological Studies, in process.