Leonard J. Greenspoon, BA, PhD
Leonard J. Greenspoon, BA, PhD

Leonard J. Greenspoon, BA, PhD

Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Ancient language, 2nd Temple Judaism, versions (translations) of the Bible

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Classes in classical and semitic languages, ancient history, the Bible in the modern world, Biblical translations, Judaism

Biography

Leonard Greenspoon was born in Richmond, VA.  He received his BA and MA from the University of Richmond in classical studies.  After teaching elementary school for two years, he enrolled at Harvard from which he received a PhD.  He taught religious studies for 20 years at Clemson University and then came to Creighton University, where he has been on the faculty for two decades.  He teaches in the Department of Theology and the Program in Classical & Near Eastern Studies.  He also holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization.  Greenspoon is married with two daughters and two grandchildren.  He has published or edited over 30 books and has about 300 articles/book chapters/major encyclopedia entries in press.  He has edited or co-edited three journals and served as an officer of an international scholarly organization.  He is active in the Omaha Jewish community especially in connection with adult education.  He has spoken widely to scholarly and popular audiences in over 30 countries on four continents.  In recognition of these activities, he was honored with a Festschrift in summer 2018.

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Commentary on the Biblical Book of Joshua, Jewish Publication Society, 2020
  • Monograph on Jewish translations of the Bible, Jewish Publication Society, 2019
  • Textual and Translation Issues in Greek Exodus. In Thomas B. Dozeman, et al. (Ed.), The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation., Brill, 2014
  • The KJV and Anglo-Jewish Contributions to the Bible: A Unique and Uniquely Fruitful Connection. In David G. Burke, et al. (Ed.), The King James at 400: Assessing Its Genius as Bible Translation and Its Literary Influence, Society of Biblical Literature Press, 273-295, 2013
  • The Hebrew Bible. In Dean Bell (Ed.), Bloomsbury Companion to Jewish Studies, Bloomsbury, 25-56, 2013
  • The Holy Bible: A Buyer's Guide. Washington, DC, Biblical Archaeology Review, 2013
  • Greenspoon, Leonard When Harry met Max, New Essays in American Jewish History, 289-304, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Septuagint, The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The King James Bible and Jewish Bible Translations, Translation That Openeth the Window: Reflections on the History and Legacy of the King James Bible, 123-138, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Hebrew into Greek: interpretation in, by, and of the Septuagint, A History of biblical interpretation, 80-113, 2003

Articles

  • Connections between the land of Egypt and the Hebrew Bible during the Ptolemaic period (300 - 5 BCE), Oxford University Press, 2020
  • Discusses the relevance of the Septuagint for studying the books of the Apocrypha, Jewish Annotated Apocrypha, 2020
  • An overview of Jewish Humor aimed at an audience of Mormons, Mormon Publishing House, 2019
  • A survey of cultural and social movements within the period of the Hebrew Bible, Routledge, 2019
  • Discusses how and when the Bible has been a topic or subject in the comic strips, Oxford Handbook to the Bible in American Popular Culture, 2018
  • Analysis of secular Jews and Judaism, Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, vol. 17, 167-174, 2018
  • Study of Septuagint research in the United States, Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies, vol. 50, 1-6, 2018
  • Discusses whether the Biblical word "covet" involves a feeling or an action, The Torah, 15, 2018
  • The influence of the Septuagint on the writing and interpretation of the New Testament, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Highlights importance of commentaries in Jewish Bible versions, Open Theology, vol. 2, 476-493, 2016
  • Forward for a volume titlede NEAR CHRISTIANITY, Zondervan, 2016
  • Shared heroic features by Vashti, Ruth, and Naomi, Sheffield Phoenix Press, 20-29, 2016
  • Bibliographical study of published works on Jewish Bible translation, Oxford University Press, 2016
  • Greenspoon, L. J. The New Cambridge history of the Bible: v.1: From the beginnings to 600 [REVIEW], Choice, 51, 657-657, 2013
  • Greenspoon, L. J. Text, image, and otherness in children's Bibles: what is in the picture?, Choice, 50, 1071-1071, 2013
  • Greenspoon, L. J. Abrahamic religions: on the uses and abuses of history [Review], Choice, 50, 1852-1853, 2013
  • Greenspoon, L. J. Handbook of women Biblical interpreters: a historical and biographical guide [Review], Choice, 50, 1214-1214, 2013
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Textual Criticism of the Hebrew Bible [Review], Near Eastern Archaeology, 76, 56-57, 2013
  • The Afterlife in the Septuagint. In Harold Ellens (Ed.), Heaven, Hell, and the Afterlife: Eternity in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Volume 1, 43-59, 2013
  • Greenspoon, L. J. 1. The Jefferson Bible: the life and morals of Jesus of Nazareth extracted textually from the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French & English, Choice, 49, 1279-1279, 2012
  • Greenspoon, L. J. 1. Revelations: visions, prophecy, and politics in the book of Revelation, Choice, 49, 2078-2078, 2012
  • Greenspoon, L. J. A dictionary of Bible plants [Review], Choice, 50, 48-49, 2012
  • Greenspoon, L. J. 1. Tanak: a theological and critical introduction to the Jewish Bible, Choice, 49, 1666-1667, 2012
  • Greenspoon, L. J. 1. Manifold greatness: the making of the King James Bible, Choice, 49, 1078-1078, 2012
  • THE JPS TORAH AT FIFTY: A Celebration of a Translation and a Translator. Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Exactly Who Are the Salt of the Earth?, Biblical Archaeology Review, 37, 19-19, 2011
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Did Jehoshaphat Really Jump?, Biblical Archaeology Review, 37, 15-15, 2011
  • Greenspoon, Leonard Not in an Ivory Tower: Zev Garber and Biblical Studies, Hebrew Studies, 51, 369-373, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard Studies in the Greek Bible: Essays in Honor of Francis T. Gignac [review], Hebrew Studies, 51, 392-394, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: Answers to Cain's questions, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard A History of Bible Translation[review], Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 72, 876-877, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: Turn, turn, turn, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Temple Mount Repairs Leave Eyesores, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 6-74, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Behold the Beasts, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 71-74, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: Lost and Found, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: A servant's dilemma, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: Nothing new under the sun, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: Lazarus lives again, Biblical Archaeology Review, 36, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard Money and the Bible, Creighton Magazine, 14-17, 2010
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Bible in the news: A load of Biblical bull[ion], Biblical Archaeology Review, 35, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard Humor in the Bible: Book of Esther, Bible Study Magazine, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The taming of the two: Queen Esther and Queen Vashti in Midrash, Journal of Religion & Society, 155-169, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard Septuagint, Bible Study Magazine, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The Making of a Symposium: Annual Conference on Jews/Judaism Features World Scholars, Unique Topics, Creighton Magazine, 2009
  • Greenspoon, Leonard From Dominion to Stewardship? The Ecology of Biblical Translation, Journal of Religion & Society, 159-183, 2008
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 33, 16-16, 2007
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 33, 16-16, 2007
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 33, 14-14, 2007
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 33, 14-14, 2007
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 33, 14-14, 2007
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 32, 12-12, 2006
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the News, Biblical Archaeology Review, 32, 12-12, 2006
  • Greenspoon, Leonard The book of Joshua. Part 1: Texts and versions, Currents in Biblical Research, 3, 229-261, 2005
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the news, BR, 21, 8-10, 2005
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. The Bible in the news, BR, 21, 9, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. The Essential evangelical parallel Bible, Religious Studies Review, 31, 190, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Traditions of the Rabbis from the era of the New Testament. Volume I: Prayer and agriculture, Religious Studies Review, 31, 201, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. The Septuagint version of Isaiah and cognate studies, Religious Studies Review, 31, 195, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. A textual history of the King James Bible, Religious Studies Review, 31, 200, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Mikra: Text, translation, reading & interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in ancient Judaism & early Christianity, Religious Studies Review, 31, 191, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. The suffering servant: Isaiah 53 in Jewish and Christian sources, Religious Studies Review, 31, 195, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Messianism and the Septuagint: Collected essays, Religious Studies Review, 31, 198, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Joshua to Chronicles: An Introduction, Religious Studies Review, 31, 194, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis. Volume 1: Eastern Europe, Religious Studies Review, 31, 190, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Abraham's promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian relations, Religious Studies Review, 31, 179, 2005
  • Greenspoon, L. Palestine in the fourth century A.D.: The Onomasticon by Eusebius of Caesarea, Religious Studies Review, 31, 210, 2005

Publications

  • Fashioning Jews: Clothing, Culture, and Commerce (vol. Studies in Jewish Civilization series, Purdue University Press, Volume 24, 2013
  • The Bible in the News: How the Popular Press Relates, Conflates and Updates Sacred Writ, Biblical Archaeology Review, 2013
  • Jews in the Gym: Judaism, Sports, and Athletics (vol. Studies in Jewish Civilization series, Purdue University Press, Volume 23, 2012

Editing and Reviews

  • Proceedings of 30th annual Symposium on Jewish Culture, Purdue University Press, 2019
  • proceedings from 28th annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Purdue University Press, 28, 2017
  • proceedings of 27th annual Symposium on Jewish Civlization, Purdue University Press, 27, 2016
  • proceedings of 26th annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Purdue University Press, 26, 2015
  • Greenspoon, Leonard J. Biblical Comics No Laughing Matter, Biblical Archaeology Review, 37, 64-65, 2011
  • Greenspoon, Leonard [Review of] The Cambridge Companion to Philo, edited by Adam Kamesar, The Classical Bulletin, 85, 140, 2010

General

  • Proceedings of 29th annual Symposium on Jewish Civilization, Purdue University Press, 29, 2018

Presentations

  • Association of Jewish Studies, annual meeting, "Are These Versions Jewish? Bibles at the Borders,", 2013
  • Bible Fest 2013, "Humor in the Bible," Biblical Archaeology Society, 2013
  • International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS), annual meeting, "Introduction to J. Ross Wagner's "Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics"," IOSCS, Baltimore, MD., 2013
  • Society of Biblical Literature, annual meeting, "Esther, Vashti, Ruth, and Naomi: Kindred Heroines in Megillot," Society of Biblical Litearture, 2013
  • Society of Biblical Literature, annual meeting, "Jon D. Levenson: The Early Years," Society of Biblical Litearture, Baltimore, MD, 2013
  • Bible Translation Conference 2013, "Excellence in Jewish Bible Translation," SIL/ABS, Dallas, TX, 2013
  • Midwest Jewish Studies Association annual meeting, "The "Art" of Jewish Bible Translations," Midwest Jewish Studies Association, 2013
  • World Congress of Jewish Studies, meets every three years, "Jewish Bible Translations: Why They Should Be Studied"," World Union of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Israel., 2013
  • The Bible, the Economy, & the Poor, ""God Stands Together with the Poor": How Jews Viewed Poverty and Aided the Poor in the Post-Biblical Period"," Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society, 2013
  • The JPS Torah at FIfty, "THE JPS AT FIFTY: A Celebration of a Translation and a Translator," Jewish Publication Society, New York, NY, 2012
  • annual meeting, "Where the Jews Are--and Aren't--in Translations of the Hebrew Bible," National Association of Professors of Hebrew, Chicago, IL., 2012
  • 14th Annual Batchelder Conference for Biblical Archaeology, "What the Bible Translator Has Learned--and Failed to Learn--from the Biblical Archaeologist,", 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Hellenistic Judaism, Biblical Studies,  Jewish Studies, Bible versions (translations), religion and popular culture