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University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

Mary Jane Werthan Professor, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge

Professor, Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences

Amy-Jill Levine (B.A. Smith College; M.A./Ph.D. Duke University) is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Graduate Department of Religion, and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, TN, USA. Her honorary doctorates are from the University of Richmond, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. She has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her awards include Shevet Achim (Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations); Eternal Light (American Jewish Committee and St. Leo University Center for Catholic Jewish Studies), Mentoring Award (Society of Biblical Literature), Smith College Alumnae Medalist; and numerous prizes for her publications. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and Association for Jewish Studies. In spring 2019, she became the first Jew to teach a New Testament course at the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome). She has also served as visiting faculty at the University of Sydney, the University of Glasgow, and Cambridge University. A member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist," Professor Levine commits her work to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

Main Publications

  • 1.) Levine, Amy-Jill , The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus : New York : HarperOne , 2007
  • 2.) Levine, Amy-Jillwith Ben Witherington III. , The Gospel of Luke : Cambridge : University Press , 2019
  • 3.) Levine, Amy-Jill , Entering the Passion of Jesus :
  • 4.) Levine, Amy-Jill , Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi : New York : HarperOne , 2014
  • 5.) Levine, Amy-Jill with Warren Carter , The New Testament: Methods and Meanings : Nashville : Abingdon , 2013
  • 6.) Levine, Amy-Jill with Douglas Knight , he Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us : New York : HarperOne , 2011