Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins
- B.F.A., Colorado State University
- B.A., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
- Ph.D., Columbia University
One of four Jewish New Testament scholars teaching in Christian theological schools, Pamela Eisenbaum is Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology and affiliate faculty of the Center of Judaic Studies at the University of Denver. She holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD from Columbia University.
She is the author of Paul Was Not a Christian, which has enjoyed a wide readership. Other books include The Jewish Heroes of Christian History: Hebrews 11 in Literary Context, and Invitation to Romans. She is a contributor to the highly touted Jewish Annotated New Testament and many essays on the Bible, ancient Judaism and the origins of Christianity.
Professor Eisenbaum has a passion for ancient manuscripts and has worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls in Israel and the oldest manuscript of Paul’s letters at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland. Currently she is pursuing research on the role of technology (ancient and modern) in the codification, preservation, and transmission of the Bible. She has also begun exploring broader questions of religion and technology, including Artificial Intelligence. Throughout her career she has been involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue and maintains an ongoing academic interest in Jewish-Christian relations in particular, and religious diversity in general. Courses regularly taught by Dr. Eisenbaum include Paul’s Letter to the Romans, the Formation of the Bible, and Interreligious Dialogue.
You can find Dr. Eisenbaum on Twitter @peisenbaum. Go to https://brewtheology.podbean.com/, episodes 64-69 and 157-58, to hear about some of her work.
News & Awards
- Huffington Post – Religion – November 04, 2011 The Bible Seminar: Rescuing the TextProfessors Pam Eisenbaum and Mark George will be a part of The Bible Seminar offered through the Westar Institute, Nov. 17-19, to discuss how to reclaim the Bible for progressives. They will join Stephen Patterson, director of the Westar Institute and John Dominic Crossan to help kick-start a conversation over the role of the Bible in modern debates that moves us beyond dogma and into a genuine discussion over the role of the Bible in our common age.
- The Jewish Daily Forward – June 29, 2010 When Saul Became PaulBy Benjamin Ivry
- New York Times – December 08, 2009 A More Jewish Version of PaulBy Judith Shulevitz.
- Washington Post – October 09, 2009 On Faith – Paul the Pluralist by Pamela Eisenbaum
- Read the Spirit, readthespirit.com – August 31, 2009 Interview with the scholar who writes: “Paul Was Not a Christian”Interview by David Crumm.
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- Publisher’s Website: Pamela Eisenbaum’s book, Paul Was Not a Christian