Bernard M. Levinson
Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law
Brandeis University, Ph.D.
Bernard M. Levinson is Associate Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Law at the University of Minnesota, holds the Berman Family Chair in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, and serves as the Director of Undergraduate studies for the Center for Jewish Studies. His research focuses on Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern studies, specializing in biblical and cuneiform law (particularly the role of the ancient Near East in the emergence of constitutional thought); Deuteronomy and the history of interpretation; and literary approaches to biblical studies. Professor Levinson teaches graduate courses in "Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics" and "Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism." He is on the editorial boards of Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für Altorientalische und Biblische Rechtsgeschichte, and Orientalia Biblica et Christiana. He presents regularly at national and international conferences.
Professor Levinson received his B.A. degree in English and Intellectual History with First Class Honors in 1974 from York University in Toronto. He earned a M.A. degree in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1978 and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University in 1991. He was a Visiting Scholar at the School of Theology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz/Germany (92-93) and also received an appointment in 1997 to the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), School of Social Science.
- The First Constitution: Rethinking the Origins of Separation of Powers and Rule of Law in Light of Deuteronomy, CARDOZO LAW REVIEW 27:4 (2006): 1853–1888.
- You Must Not Add Anything to What I Command You: Paradoxes of Canon and Authorship in Ancient Israel, in 50:1 Numen : International Review for the History of Religions 1 (2003).
- The Reconceptualization of Kingship in Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic Historys Transformation of Torah , 51 Vetus Testamentum 511 (2001).
- The Covenant at Mount Sinai: The Argument of Revelation, in The Jewish Political Tradition, Vol. 1: Authority, (2000) (Michael Walzer et al., eds.)