University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies
Divinity School and College of Arts and Science
A.B. (Smith 1978)
A.M., Ph.D. (Duke 1981, 1984)
235 Divinity School
Amy-Jill Levine is an expert in biblical studies, Jewish/Christian relations, the study of Jesus in his Jewish context, and the Bible, gender, and sexuality. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Drury University, the University of South Carolina, and Franklin College, as well as major 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, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her numerous publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Short Stories by Jesus: the Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; The New Testament: Meanings and Methods (co-authored with Warren Carter), The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight), the 13-volume edited series Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Literature, and with noted children’s book author Sandy E. Sasso, Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons. 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’s “great lectures” series.
Levine is an award-winning teacher who combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.
In addition to her courses for the Program in Jewish Studies, Professor Levine also teaches the following courses at the Divinity School:
DIV 6609 Feminist Interpretations of Scripture
DIV 6603 The Gospel of Mark
DIV 6604 The Gospel of John
DIV 6617 The Gospel of Luke
DIV 6615 The Bible and Music
DIV 6616 Greek Readings: The Gospel of Matthew
DIV 6607 Acts of the Apostles