Office: LA 156
Associate Professor, Liberal Studies Program (Religious Studies)
Nathaniel Levtow teaches and writes about the history, literature, and religions of the ancient world. His research focuses on ancient West Asian and Mediterranean religions, including ancient Judaism and early Christianity. His 2008 book, Images of Others: Iconic Politics in Ancient Israel, examines the political aspects of iconoclasm in the Bible and ancient West Asia. His current research investigates the production and destruction of scrolls and inscriptions in antiquity. In his writing and in his teaching, Dr. Levtow integrates the study of biblical literature with the cultural history of the ancient world and with social-theoretical approaches to the study of religion.
Tues 8:15 - 9:15; Thur 11:30 am - 1:30 pm & by appointment
Field Of Study:
Religion, ancient studies
Research areas: religions of the ancient world.
Current research interests: ancient scribal culture; text destruction and iconoclasm; social and cognitive theory of religion
Teaching areas: biblical studies, ancient studies, religion.
- RLST 205 (Introduction to New Testament Studies)
- RLST 391 (Religion and Violence in the Bible and the Ancient World)
Ph.D., Brown University; M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School; B.A., Middlebury College
Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, American Academy of Religion, European Association of Biblical Studies.
Dr. Levtow received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for archaeological research in Jerusalem and Paris in 2013. He was a U.S. State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Research Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in spring 2011. Before joining the UM faculty in 2006, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.
“Monumental Inscriptions and the Ritual Representation of War.” In Warfare, Ritual, and Symbol in Biblical and Modern Contexts. Edited by B. Kelle, F. R. Ames and J. Wright. Ancient Israel and Its Literature. Society of Biblical Literature (forthcoming 2014).
“Artifact Burial in the Ancient Near East.” Pages 141-51 in The One Who Sows Bountifully: Essays in Honor of Stanley K. Stowers. Edited by C. J. Hodge, S. M. Olyan, D. Ullucci and E. Wasserman. Brown Judaic Studies. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature (2013)
“Text Destruction and Iconoclasm in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East.” Pages 311–62 in Iconoclasm and Text Destruction in the Ancient Near East and Beyond. Edited by Natalie N. May. Oriental Institute Seminars 8. Chicago: Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (2012). Free download.
“Text Production and Destruction in Ancient Israel: Ritual and Political Dimensions.” Pages 111–39 in Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion: Essays in Retrospect and Prospect. Edited by S. M. Olyan. Society of Biblical Literature Resources for Biblical Study. Leiden: Brill, 2012. Available for purchase.
Images of Others: Iconic Politics in Ancient Israel. Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego 11. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2008. http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/LEVIMAGES
Entries on “Abraham,” “Judah,” Jehoahaz,” and “Manna” ” in The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by E. Orlin. New York: Rutledge (forthcoming).