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Amy-Jill Levine
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies

B.A. (Smith 1978)
M.A., Ph.D. (Duke 1981, 1984)

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Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. Holding a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and an honorary Doctor of Ministry from the University of Richmond, Levine has been awarded 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 most recent publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006), the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton University Press, 2006) and the fourteen-volume series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum).

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.

A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies








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Dr. Levine,

Please feel comfortable to call me John.

Can a 66 year old call you AJ, and would you be comfortable if he did?

I have just walked in the door from a 1.5 mile walk, where I have been listening on my MP3 player to you speak about John The Baptist and the beginning of Mary, the first two units of my recent purchase of your series, Great Figures of the New Testament.

At the same time, I have been puzzling about whether I am able to disturb you with questions.

By the way, today's temperature is 18 degrees Fahrenheit, 14 degrees below freezing. Actually a bit milder than what we have been experiencing this winter.

I have not only purchased your New Testament series, but I am expecting to win a bid on eBay for a set of audio tapes of your Old Testament lectures, and I will download a copy of your book, The Misunderstood Jew. I would love to have found an audio version of that book.

My first thoughts on whether I should disturb you lead me to decide to take all your courses and read your book before I posed any questions, expecting many of my questions will be answered within your writings.

I am afraid that my curiosity and excitement is getting the better of me.

So I have decided to test the water with this email.

Can you comment on the history of the use of the Micveh in Jewish history, predating John the Baptiste, and how that history would have impacted John as he immersed people in a River.



Would he have been a Rabbi?
Are Rabbi's required at a Micveh?
And as I guess that he was not a Rabbi, would that have disturbed the Jewish people at the time?


                                        When Jesus was 12 years old he spent three days at the Temple asking questions. He was studying for his Bar Mitzvah.


Bible Word Frequency (# of instances)

Word Old Testament New Testament Comment
God 2401 1123  
Wrath 161 29  
Love 307 201 So much for the thought the Old Testament was the Testament of Fear
Baptize 0 8  
Sin 323 110  
Sins 188 91  
Repent 12 27  
Repentance 4 20  
Righteous 226 61  
Righteousness 156 76  

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