Amy-Jill Levine and John Clebeaux




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.  Her most recent books include The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight) and The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter). Along with her award-winning The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, she has recently published with HarperOne Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. 

 She is also the editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament (with Marc Z. Brettler). 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, and Christian Theological Seminary. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, TN, although she is often quite unorthodoxDr. Levine is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the former New Testament Book Review editor of the  Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Along with full-time teaching, she travels the world explaining Judaism to Christians and Christianity to Jews.


John Clabeaux is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Blessed John XXIII National Seminary since July 2011.  Over the years he taught courses on the New Testament and also the Hebrew Bible. From 1981 to 1984 he taught full-time in a Roman Catholic Adult Bible Study program called the Word of God Ministry.  Here he taught courses in Scripture, Spirituality and Evangelization in 35 parishes north of Boston. 

In 1984 he was hired by St. John's Seminary College as its first full-time lay faculty member.  In 1989 he was named Academic Dean of that institution. From 1998 to 2003 he was Visiting Lecturer in Greek at Harvard Divinity School. He taught Sacred Scripture for 6 years at the Pontifical College Josephinum School of Theology in Columbus Ohio (2005-2011). In 2004-2005 he was on the Theology Faculty of Creighton University.

His doctorate from Harvard University involved specialization in the Letters of Paul and the sub-field of Textual Criticism. His doctoral dissertation was re-worked as a monograph entitled: A Lost Edition of the Letters of Paul:  A Reassessment of the Text of the Pauline Corpus Attested by Marcion. In 2009 his introduction to New Testament Greek (NT Greek: A Systems Approach) was published by University of Scranton Press.  Over the years he has authored articles on issues involving the relationship of Judaism and Christianity. Most recently he published articles on “Crucifixion,” “The Crucifixion of Jesus,” and “The Sanhedrin,” for Dictionary of the Passion, published in Italian by the Passionist order in Rome.

An active member of the Catholic Biblical Association he is currently chair of the Program Committee. His current area of research involves the relationship between Judaism and Christianity particularly in the New Testament and Early Patristic periods.  He continues to bring his professional work to bear on areas of faith and spirituality in adult education.  He is married to Elise Feyerherm and resides in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has three grown sons, who live in Lynn and Chelmsford.