Rev. Dr Nebojsa Tumara

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Languages, Religious Studies and Old Testament

BA, MA, MTh, PhD


Rev. Nebojsa joined SAC as a lecturer in 2016, bringing a wealth of academic experience from both European and American universities. Active in research contributions, and course development, he lectures in Old Testament Studies, Comparative Religions, Theology and Film, as well as Hebrew and Syriac languages.

He has a Master of Theology from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York, and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. from The University of Belgrade, Serbia, for a thesis titled “Anthropological Assumption of Ascetic Exegesis of the Holy Scripture in Early Rabbinic Judaism and Early Syriac Christianity.”

Rev. Nebojsa was ordained to the priesthood in the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2019 and serves at the parish of St George in St Albans, Melbourne.


  • BA - University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
  • MA - Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • MTh - St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York, US
  • PhD - University of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia

Recent Research Outputs


The Holy Body and the Holy Scripture: Anthropological Assumption of Ascetic Exegesis of the Holy Scripture in Early Rabbinic Judaism and Early Syriac Christianity [Свето Тело и Свето Писмо: Антрополошке претпоставке аскетске егзегезе Светог Писма у ранорабинском јудаизму и сиријском хришћанству], Belgrade: Biblical Institute, Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Belgrade, 2020.

Selected peer-reviewed journal articles/book chapters

(2024) “Creation in Syriac Christianity.” In T&C Clark Handbook of the Doctrine of Creation, ed. Jason Goroncy (Bloomsbury Academic: London), pp. 164–175.

(2023) Tumara, Nebojsa and Michael Bachmann. “Pantokrator.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception Online ed. Constance M. Furey, Peter Gemeinhardt, Joel Marcus LeMon, Thomas Chr. Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish and Eric Ziolkowski. (De Gruyter, Berlin, Boston), Pantokrator (degruyter.com)

(2022) “St. Paul of Thebes among the Serbs: Hierotopy and the Translation of the Holy Land of Egypt into the Visual Culture of Medieval Serbia.” Journal of the Canadian Society for Coptic Studies 14:1, pp. 45–69.

(2021) “21 Martyrs of Libya” – Presenting Holiness in the Contemporary Coptic Church.” IKON – Journal of Iconographic Studies 14 (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols), pp. 347-356.

(2021) “Sign of Martyrdom, Heresy and Pride”: The Christian Coptic Tattoo and the Construction of Coptic Identity.” In: Copts in Modernity. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity (22), eds. Lisa Agaiby, Mark N. Swanson, Nelly van Doorn Harder (Leiden & Boston: Brill), pp. 295-320.