“In an ever more polarized world, appealing to the authority of Scripture(s) has been a frequent if problematic strategy. Teaching and learning together about the contexts of the bible, in particular the First Testament and their responsible evocations, is one of my passions; another is the care for EDS’ curriculum. It has been a joy to mentor students in the process of becoming transformative leaders in complex and challenging situations here and around the globe.”
Dr. Angela Bauer-Levesque, Academic Dean and Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor of Bible, Culture, and Interpretation, has served on the faculty of Episcopal Divinity School since 1994. She received her PhD and MPhil from Union Theological Seminary in New York, and an MDiv from the Universität Hamburg. In her teaching and writing, Bauer-Levesque has emphasized various aspects of social location (gender, race, sexual identity) and their impact on biblical hermeneutics and interpretation.
Her publications include The Indispensable Guide to the Old Testament (The Pilgrim Press); Seeing God in Diversity: Exodus and Acts, coauthored with EDS alumna Elizabeth Magill (Church Publishing); and Gender in the Book of Jeremiah: A Feminist-Literary Reading (Peter Lang), as well as various essays in anthologies, including “The Book of Jeremiah” in The Queer Bible Commentary (SCM Press) and lectionary commentaries in Feasting on the Word (Westminster/John Knox).
A writer and editor for the website Out in Scripture, she served as a co-chair of the Feminist Hermeneutics and the Bible section of the Society of Biblical Literature for the past six years. She participates in a working group of academic deans at theological schools, sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion, and is engaged in Women in Leadership work at the Association of Theological Schools. At EDS, Bauer-Levesque splits her time between academic administration and faculty responsibilities. She is currently working on a commentary on the Book of Zechariah, to be published in the Wisdom Series by Liturgical Press.