The Norman and Louis Miller Lecture in Public Understanding
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
"Seeing Through Different Lenses: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture"
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012
Walter Theatre, Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Amy–Jill Levine is a University Professor of
New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In
2011 she also became an Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute:
Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge. Professor
Levine received her B.A. from Smith College and her M.A. and
Ph.D. from Duke University. Through her studies of and work on the interpretation
of biblical texts, she has become established as one of today’s leading
New Testament scholars.
Professor Levine’s work has earned her a number of distinctions
and honors including honorary doctorates from multiple universities and grants
from the Mellon
Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Humanities, and the American
Council of Learned Societies. In addition, she has held positions of
office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical
Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies.
Much of Levine’s work focuses on interpreting
popular biblical texts from alternative points of view. Her book Feminist Companions to the New Testament and
Early Christian Writings contains fourteen volumes that offer a supplemental
interpretation of New Testament writings based on feminist ideals and theories.
In a similar light, her most recent publication, The Jewish Annotated New
Testament, was co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler and is a unique volume that
interprets the books of the New Testament from a Jewish perspective.
In an interview with PBS, Levine stated that “we all choose
how to read religious texts…and what we can do is read graciously in the
presence of our neighbor.” Her publications bring to light different
interpretations of the New Testament, especially from within the Jewish
tradition, recognizing that too few people have actually read these texts, let alone
explored the ways in which Christians and Jews over the centuries have understood
David Scholar (Professor of New Testament, Fuller
Theological Seminary) describes Levine’s book, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus
as “a true gem” and expresses a wish that all theological writings and dialogue
were “as careful and kind as Levine.”
Professor Levine describes herself as a
"Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity
school in the buckle of the Bible Belt." She advocates for the elimination
anti-Jewish, sexist, or homophobic theologies by combining
historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash
This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For more information, call Catherine Kasten at 920-403-3919.