Amy-Jill Levine Dr. has recently been named University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University. “University Professor” is among the highest honors offered to faculty at Vanderbilt, and A.J. Levine is the only female faculty member in the humanities to have received it so far. She also retains her previous titles, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies. Holding a B.A. from Smith College, M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Professor Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association (she is presently the New Testament book review editor for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly), and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her most recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne) The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton) as well as the fourteen-volume series Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). She has recorded “Introduction to the Old Testament,” “Great Figures of the Old Testament,” and “Great Figures of the New Testament” for the Teaching Company.
A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies.
Books by Amy-Jill Levine
BAS Articles and Book Reviews by Amy-Jill Levine
Tobit: Teaching Jews how to live in the Diaspora
BR 08:04, Aug 1992
The Controversial Mary: Mary Magdalene Understood
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Bible Books: Peeling Back the Layers
BR 18:05, Oct 2002
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