The Old Testament
24 "Great Courses" video lectures


Each year we select one of the Teaching Company courses to view.
Courses in past years have included:
- Jesus and the Gospels
- Popes and the Papacy: A History
- The Catholic Church: A History
- Lives of Great Christians
For 2014-15 our group has selected The Old Testament
by Dr. Amy Jill Levine.

ALL ARE WELCOME to join us as we view the lectures, along with a short discussion. You are welcome to any or all of the sessions.



The lecturer is

Dr. Amy Jill Levine


Dr. 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 University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences. 


Professor Levine’s numerous books, articles, and essays address such topics as Second-Temple Judaism, Christian origins, Jewish-Christian relations, and biblical women. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies.


Her awards include grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies.


The 24 week course begins
October 8, 2014
from 8:00 - 8:55 am
(after the 7:30 am Mass) 
in the St. Pius X Conference Room
in the Parish Office Building

Overview of Course Description

The Old Testament, or Tanakh, was written in ancient Israel over 1,000 years by many authors. What can this book teach us about the ancient Israelites? What does our faith find in new scholarly understanding? As scripture or as the most influential piece of literature ever written, this book is a source of constant wonder, inspiration, and intrigue.

Professor Levine's commentary thoughtfully explores selected passages from the texts called the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, and the Tanakh. She provides clear examples of how various approaches to biblical research and interpretation can enrich your understanding of this inexhaustibly fruitful and powerful text.

Joseph Hough, the Dean of Union Theological Seminary, says Professor Levine is "the best classroom teacher I have seen in my 35 years in theological education, bar none." 
Customers concur: "Levine is dynamic, exciting to listen to, and her knowledge of her subject is well organized and conveyed." "Wonderful course. Interestingly taught. Thought provoking, stimulating. Wow!"


For further information contact Bob Little, boblittle@stpius.org, 503-213-1447
St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1280 NW Saltzman Road, Portland, OR 97229   503.644-5264