Prof. Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

United States

Location of Activities

North America
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School
Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt College of Arts and Sciences
Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge

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-Jill with Douglas Knight. The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us. New York: HarperOne, 2011.

3.) Levine, Amy-Jill with Warren Carter. The New Testament: Methods and Meanings. Nashville: Abingdon, 2013.

4.) Levine, Amy-Jill. Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. New York: HarperOne, 2014.

5.) Levine, Amy-Jill. Entering the Passion of Jesus. Nashville: Abingdon, 2019.

6.) Levine, Amy-Jillwith Ben Witherington III. The Gospel of Luke. Cambridge: University Press, 2019.

In addition she has edited the Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (13 volumes) and co-edited The Historical Jesus in Context. Her three children’s books (with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso) are Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 SonsThe Marvelous Mustard Seed; and Who is My Neighbor. She co-edited (with Marc Brettler) The Jewish Annotated New Testament. She is the New Testament editor for the forthcoming Oxford Biblical Commentary Series.

Areas of Actions: 
Interreligious DialoguePluralismYouthWomen's Rights
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesInformation DistributionResearch