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Antoinette Brown Lecture

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 42nd annual

A N T O I N E T T E     B R O W N     L E C T U R E

to be delivered by

Amy-Jill Levine


University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies 
Professor of Jewish Studies


Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Benton Chapel
Vanderbilt University Divinity School


 “The Carpenter, Gender, and Sexuality: The Use and Abuse of the Gospels in Politics and Piety”

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK.  At Vanderbilt, she was the founding director of the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. 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 Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter), and the thirteen-volume edited Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writing.  Her most recent volumes are Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and the edited Gospels, Narrative and History,  vol 4 of La Biblia y Las Mujeres/The Bible and the Women /La Bibbia e le Donne /Die Bible und die Frauen Dr. Levine is also the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. 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.