John R. (Jack) Levison

W. J. A. Power Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew

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Ph.D., Duke University, 1985; M.A. Cambridge University, 1982; B.A., Wheaton College, 1978

Teaching Specialties

Pneumatology; Jewish interpretations of the Hebrew Bible; pain and suffering; prophecy; Hebrew

Research Interests

Pneumatology; Interpretation of the Adam and Eve tradition; Second Temple Judaism; gender, Judaism, and Christianity

Selected Publications

:: The Holy Spirit before Christianity (Baylor University Press, 2019)

:: “Ascent and Inspiration in the Writings of Philo Judaeus.” Mysticism in Early Judaism and Christianity, edited by A. Y. Collins, J. Collins, and P. de Villiers. Walter de Gruyter, 2019, pp. 129-54.

:: “Scripture, Spirit, and the Future of Pneumatology.” The Spirit, Hermeneutics and Dialogues, edited by R. Bieringer, P. De Mey, M. Ibita, and D. Pollefeyt. Peeters, 2019, pp. 53-68.

:: “The Spirit in Israel’s Story: An Antidote to Solipsistic Spirituality.” The Usefulness of Scripture: Essays in Honor of Robert W. Wall, edited by D. Castelo, S. Koenig, and D. Nienhuis. The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019, pp. 135-53.

:: “Terrestrial Paradise in the Greek Life of Adam and Eve,” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, vol. 2018, pp. 25-44.

:: Forty Days with the Holy Spirit (Paraclete Press, 2015)

:: Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism: From Sirach to 2 Baruch. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha Supplement Series 1 (Sheffield Academic Press, 1988; republished in 2015 Bloomsbury)

:: The Holy Spirit, Inspiration, and the Cultures of Antiquity: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, edited with Jörg Frey (Walter De Gruyter, 2014)

:: Inspired: the Holy Spirit and the Mind of Faith (Eerdmans, 2013)

:: Filled with the Spirit (Eerdmans, 2009)

A complete listing of publications by Professor Levison is available in his curriculum vitae.

Professional Distinctions

TransCoop Grant, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Shohet Scholars Grant, International Catacomb Society (with Professor Jörg Frey, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): “The Historical Roots of the Holy Spirit” (2008-2013); Director, Lilly Fellows Program Summer Seminar, “Christianity and Gender” (with Priscilla Pope-Levison) (2010); Louisville Institute Summer Stipend: “For Snake-handlers and Sacramentalists: An Essential Introduction to the Holy Spirit” (2008); National Humanities Center Residential Fellow: A Commentary on the Greek Life of Adam and Eve (2000-2001); Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (1993-1994); NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers (1992); Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship and Honorary Visiting Lecturer, St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1985-1986); Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge University; Fitzpatrick Prize for Theology, Christ’s College, Cambridge University (1979).

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