John Levison

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


Office Location

Selecman 316a





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 Greek Life of Adam and Eve. Commentaries on Early Jewish Literature Series. Walter De Gruyter Publishers. 2023.

:: The Pursuit of Life: The Promise and Challenge of Palliative Care. The Pennsylvania State University Press. Edited with Robert Fine. 2023.

:: Seven Secrets of the Spirit-Filled Life. Daily Renewal, Purpose and Joy When You Partner with the Holy Spirit. Chosen Books. 2023.

:: The Spirit Says: Inspiration and Interpretation in Israelite, Jewish, and Early Christian Texts. Ekstasis: Religion Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages 8. Walter De Gruyter Publishers. 2021. Edited with Archibald Wright and Ronald Herms.

:: An Unconventional God: The Spirit according to Jesus. Baker Academic Publishers. 2020

:: A Boundless God: The Spirit according to the Old Testament. Baker Academic Publishers. 2020.

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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