Vanderbilt University AJ Levine

Amy-Jill Levine 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 and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with D. Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with W. Carter), and the thirteen-volume edited Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writing. Her more recent volumes are Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and The Gospel of Luke (co-authored with B.W. Witherington III). Dr. Levine is also a co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. With Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, she has written the children’s books Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons, and The Marvelous Mustard Seed. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.

Lecture Topics:

  • Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Jesus’ Parables in their Jewish Context.
  • Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently
  • The Common Mistakes Jews and Christians Make about Each Other