Nicole Ruane

Nicole Ruane

Senior Lecturer
Office: Classics, Humanities, & Italian Studies, Murkland Hall Rm 315, Durham, NH 03824

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 400: Exploring/Ancient World
  • HONR 799H: Honors Thesis Completion
  • HUMA 401: Introduction to Humanities
  • HUMA 401W: Introduction to Humanities
  • HUMA 440B: Honors/That Belongs in aMuseum
  • HUMA 500: Critical Methods in Humanities
  • HUMA 510B: Ancient Humanities
  • HUMA 512B: Modern Humanities
  • HUMA 527: Honors/Humanities and Religion
  • HUMA 700: Seminar
  • HUMA/RS 505: Intro to Religion


  • Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Union Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Union Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Religious Studies, Hamilton College

Research Interests

  • Bible
  • Gender studies
  • Literary theory
  • Religion

Selected Publications

  • Ruane, N. (2022). Milk, Meat, and Mothers: The Problem of Motherhood in Some Ritual Food Laws. In L. Quick, & M. Ramos (Eds.), New Perspectives on Ritual in the Biblical World. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Ruane, N. J. (2019). Constructing Contagion on Yom Kippur: Reflections on the Scapegoat as Ḥaṭṭa’t.. In T. Heike, & C. Eberhart (Eds.), Writing a Commentary on Leviticus: Hermeneutics -- Methodology -- Themes (Vol. 276). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

  • Ruane, N. (2017). Why Does the Bible Prohibit Eating Pork?…. Retrieved from

  • Ruane, N. (2016). “When Women Aren’t Enough: Gender Criticism in Feminist Hebrew Bible Interpretation.”. In Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect. III. Methods (Vol. 3).

  • Ruane, N. J. (2015). Pigs, Purity, and Patrilineality: The Multiparity of Swine and Its Problems for Biblical Ritual and Gender Construction. JOURNAL OF BIBLICAL LITERATURE, 134(3), 489-504. doi:10.1353/jbl.2015.0035

  • Ruane, N. J. (2013). Sacrifice and Gender in Biblical Law. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139046961

  • Ruane, N. J., & Ruane, N. J. (2013). Females and Death: The Sacred Impurity of the Red Cow. In SACRIFICE AND GENDER IN BIBLICAL LAW (pp. 106-147). Retrieved from

  • Ruane, N. J., & Ruane, N. J. (2013). Conclusion: Child Sacrifice and Animal Sacrifice. SACRIFICE AND GENDER IN BIBLICAL LAW, 228-234. Retrieved from

  • Ruane, N. J., & Ruane, N. J. (2013). Fathers and Firstlings: The Gendered Rhetoric of Child Sacrifice. In SACRIFICE AND GENDER IN BIBLICAL LAW (pp. 194-227). Retrieved from

  • Ruane, N. J., & Ruane, N. J. (2013). Impurity and the Creation of Difference. In SACRIFICE AND GENDER IN BIBLICAL LAW (pp. 148-193). Retrieved from

  • Most Cited Publications