Amy L. Balogh, Ph.D., is Program Manager at the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, and an adjunct lecturer for the Department of Religious Studies. She also teaches through the Colorado College Department of Religion and Regis University College of Professional Studies.
Dr. Balogh offers a variety of introductory and upper-level courses that bring the ancient Near East to the modern world, including courses on the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, the emergence of monotheism, and the relationship between humankind and nature.
Her teaching, research, and publication all bring new insight to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East by applying methods from the fields of anthropology and religious studies in a way that complements traditional biblical studies methods while also furthering the field’s ability to gain insight into the inner-workings of the ancient religious imagination.
Her methodological focus is comparison, as exemplified in her recently published monograph Moses among the Idols: Mediators of the Divine in the Ancient Near East (Lexington Books, 2018). She is also developing a new method that brings natural history into direct conversation with patterns of religious thought and behavior. In combination with comparison, this new method shapes her second book, which focuses on the tension between humankind and nature as expressed in ancient Near Eastern religious texts and practices. This book is tentatively titled Human Ecology in Ancient Near Eastern Religions: A New Theory of Origins and is in the beginning of the writing stage.
Ph.D., University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology, Joint Doctoral Program, Religious & Theological Studies with a concentration in Biblical Interpretation – Hebrew Bible, 2016
Certificate, International Conservation Center in Israel, Historical & Archaeological Conservation, 2012
M.A., Jewish Theological Seminary, Bible & Ancient Semitic Languages, 2008
B.A., Patten University, Biblical Studies, 2005