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Roy A Fisher - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Roy A Fisher

Incoming Assistant Professor in the History of Spirituality and Mysticism | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts


Professor Fisher holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Near Eastern Religions from the University of California, Berkeley. He received an M.A. in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, and a B.S. in Physics from California State University, Chico. Prior to joining the LMU faculty, Professor Fisher was a post-doctoral researcher in the Anthropology of the Contemporary Research Collaboratory, Anthropology Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Professor Fisher’s trans-disciplinary study of spirituality and mysticism takes place at the intersection of cultural anthropology and classical biblical studies. This work includes a critical analysis of the ways in which sacred texts and traditions are taken up within modern and contemporary forms of discourse with their respective technologies of power relations (including the interplay and interference with knowledge relations in the present). Professor Fisher teaches courses in Jewish Studies, Theological Studies, Archaeology & Classics, and the Bioethics Institute at LMU. Professor Fisher is co-chair of the History of Christianity program unit for the American Academy of Religion. In addition to his scholarly publications, Professor Fisher’s work has appeared in the Washington Post, he has been interviewed by Voz de América, and he has been a guest on the History Channel’s “The UnXplained” and “Ancient Aliens” programs.


Education (3)

University of California, Berkeley: Ph.D., Near Eastern Religions

Graduate Theological Union: M.A., Biblical Languages

California State University, Chico: B.S., Physics


Areas of Expertise (9)

Christian Origins

Cultural Memory

New Testament Studies

Anthropology and Archeology

Second Temple Jewish literature

Near Eastern Religions

Cultural Anthropology

Ancient Christianity

Anthropology of Religion

Affiliations (5)

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • Society for the Anthropology of Religion

Languages (6)

  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Biblical Aramaic
  • Koine Greek
  • Septuagint Greek
  • German (modern)
  • French (modern)

Courses (8)

Beer, Sex, and Death: Figures of Anthropos in the Ancient Near East

Undergraduate course

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Undergraduate course

Ancient Near Eastern Religions

Undergradaute course

Foundations of the New Testament

Graduate seminar

Literature of the Ancient Near East

Undergraduate course

Science and Religion

Upper-division undergraduate course

Special Topics in the Gospels

Graduate seminar

New Testament Contexts

Undergraduate course