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Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D.

Professor Amy-Jill Levine
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Duke University
The study of the Bible is a simply marvelous endeavor, and each time it’s approached, students will see new things. I’m continuing to see new things.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Dr. Levine earned her B.A. with high honors in English and Religion at Smith College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Professor Levine's numerous books, articles, and essays address such topics as Second-Temple Judaism, Christian origins, Jewish-Christian relations, and biblical women. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. A widely sought-after speaker and favorite at the Chautauqua Institution, she has given hundreds of talks on biblical topics to both academic and nonacademic audiences, including church, synagogue, and community groups throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her awards include grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.


"Professor Levine has a very personable way of teaching, and it is very fun to listen to her talk about stories and characters from the Old Testament."


"Professor Amy-Jill Levine brings the people and events of the Old Testament to life while deftly explaining the technical nuances of form and text criticism and other tools of Biblical analysis."


"Professor Levine is insightful and provocative in her presentation. She doesn't hesitate to interpret passages in the Old Testament & characters therein from the perspective of her continuing maturity in her ongoing research & education."