Adriane Leveen - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Adriane Leveen, Ph.D.

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(212) 824-2229
Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible

HUC-JIR/New York

Rabbinical Program, New York; Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, New York; Master of Arts in Religious Education, New York; Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education; School of Education; New York School of Education, New York
Academic Field: 
Bible and Cognate Studies
Research Interests: 
Literary approaches to the Bible; Rhetorical and Cultural Studies; Gender and Redaction Criticism; Strangers in the Bible

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Dr. Leveen is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at HUC-JIR/New York. She first joined the faculty of HUC-JIR/Los Angeles in 2000. After a brief stint teaching at Stanford University, Dr. Leveen rejoined the faculty of HUC-JIR/New York in 2007. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Robert Alter. Dr. Leveen is a trained psychotherapist and practiced for 17 years in both Israel and the United States before getting her doctorate in biblical studies. Dr. Leveen is married to Arnold Eisen, Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Full length studies:

Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors: Strangers at the GateRoutledge Press, 2017


Memory and Tradition in the Book of Numbers, Cambridge University Press, 2008


Edited works and journal articles:

“Revisiting Edward L. Greenstein's ‘The Problem of Evil in the Book of Job’” in Ve-'Ed Ya'aleh (Gen 2:6):Essays in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies  Presented to Edward L. Greenstein, Society for Biblical Literature, 2020


“Narrative Concept(s) of the Book of Numbers” in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, ed. Christian Frevel,  (Mohr Siebeck)  Volume 8 (2019) / Issue 3

“Violating the Holiness of God’s Camp: The Story of the Blasphemer”  May, 2017


 “Becoming Israel in the Wilderness of Numbers” in The Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative, ed. Danna Nolan Fewell (Oxford University Press, 2016)


“’Lo we perish’: A Reading of Numbers 17: 27-20: 29” in Torah in the Book of Numbers, eds. Christian Frevel, Thomas Pola, Aaron Schart, Mohr Siebeck November, 2013

“’Where were you when I founded the earth?’ Poetic subversions of a human centered world in Job” in Making A Difference, eds. David Clines, Kent Richards, Jacob Wright, Sheffield Phoenix Press November, 2012


“Returning the Body to its Place: Ezekiel’s Tour of the Temple” in Harvard Theological Review, October, 2012


“Inside and Out: Jethro, The Midianites and a Biblical Conception of the Outsider” in JSOT, Vol 34.4 (2010): 395-417


Book Review of In Scripture by Lori Lefkovitz, Fall, 2010 AJS Review


“Storytelling in the Bible” in The Jewish Bible, JPS Guide, eds. Shalom Paul, Fred Greenspahn, Ziony Zevit, The Jewish Publication Society, 2008


“A Tent of One’s Own: Feminist biblical scholarship, a popular novel and the fate of the biblical text” in Remaking American Judaism, ed. Riv-Ellen Prell, Wayne University Press, 2007


Central Commentaries, The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, Reform Judaism, URJ Press, December 2007


“’Call Me Bitterness”’: Individual Responses to Despair” in Healing and the Jewish Imagination, ed. William Cutter, Jewish Lights, 2007


“Reading the Seams” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Volume 29.3, March 2005

“Variations on a Theme: Differing Conceptions of Memory in the Book of Numbers” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 27.2 (2002) 201-221.


“Falling in the Wilderness: Death Reports in the Book of Numbers” PROOFTEXTS, 22.3 (2002)

"Memory and Reflection: Jacob's Story" JAGNES, Vol. 5, No. 2, Berkeley: 1995


The Lord Has A Taste for Clowning Selected Poems by Stanley Chyet, Edited by Adriane Leveen, Yaffa Weisman Skirball Cultural Center, 2003 1st place in the Poetry Category, Independent Publisher Magazine, 2004

Current and Future Courses
A survey of Tanakh: Torah, Prophets, Writings
The Books of Samuel
Biblical Women in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Sources
Spiritual Practices for Jewish Environmental Leadership
Public Lecture Topics
Healing and the Biblical Imagination
Reading the Other in Biblical Texts: Hagar, Jethro and Balaam
Finding Our Way: Literary, Theological and Political Approaches to Reading Biblical Texts
Portraits in Power: Saul, David and the Rise of the Monarchy in Ancient Israel
What can Jewish Texts offer the Environmental Movement Today?