Dr. J. Nicholas Reid

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Director of the Hybrid M.Div. Program

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University of Southern Mississippi, B.F.A.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div
University of Aberdeen, M.Th.
University of Oxford, M.St.
University of Oxford, D.Phil.


Dr. Nicholas Reid joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2017 and serves as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies. He teaches core courses related to Old Testament and covenant theology and offers advanced electives in the languages and cultures of the Ancient Near East.

A native of Mississippi, Dr. Reid received the M.Div. and numerous academic awards at RTS Jackson. Post-graduate studies took him to the United Kingdom where he earned a Master of Theology at the University of Aberdeen in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, followed by a Master of Studies with distinction in cuneiform studies at the University of Oxford and, finally, the D.Phil. in Oriental Studies with an emphasis on cuneiform also at the University of Oxford. He has since lectured in university settings in the United Kingdom and North America, including serving as a visiting professor at RTS Orlando. Reid also works as an Associate Editor of Hebrew for BibleMesh. Previously, he was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, and taught Old Testament at Reformation Bible College, Sanford, FL.

Dr. Reid’s research interests cover a broad range of topics, including social history, the biblical text, as well as unpublished epistolary, literary, and administrative cuneiform texts. He is presently coauthoring a textual edition of a group of unpublished Old Babylonian letters for Oxford University Press. Dr. Reid also contributes to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (cdli.ucla.edu).

During seminary, Dr. Reid served as an intern under Dr. Ligon Duncan at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, and is currently under care of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. While in seminary, he also collaborated on numerous publishing projects with Dr. Duncan.

Dr. Reid and his wife, Blair, live in the greater Orlando area with their four children.


  • The Birth of the Prison: Functions of Imprisonment in Early
    Mesopotamia, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History (forthcoming
  • The Children of Slaves in Early Mesopotamian Laws and
    Edicts, Revue d’Assyrologie 111 (forthcoming 2017)
  • Cuneiform Tablets of the University of Mississippi Museum,
    Akkadica (forthcoming 2017)
  • (with K. Wagensonner), Let the Algar Be Played: A New
    Manuscript of Šu-Suen B, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 76 no.
    2 (2017): 249-264.
  • “Runaways and Fugitive Catchers during the Third Dynasty of Ur,” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58 (2015): 576-605.
  • (with K. Wagensonner) “My tooth aches so much,” Cuneiform Digital Library Bulletin (2014).

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