Recipient of the 2021 Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Regis University School for Professional Advancement
Amy L. Balogh, Ph.D., is Lead Lecturer of the Humanities for the Department of Liberal Arts at Regis University’s School for Professional Advancement. She is also founder and co-chair of the new Society of Biblical Literature program unit Comparative Method in Biblical Studies, and Assistant Editor of the forthcoming Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Historical Books (2 vols., Lexham Press). In 2022, Balogh also became the founding president of the newly formed Religion & Bible Society of the Rocky Mountain Great Plains Region, a 501(c)3 professional organization dedicated to the academic study of the Bible and religion.
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, myth, and the relationship between humankind and nature. She also teaches a variety of introductory courses, such as World Religious Traditions, Introduction to Religious Studies, and Understanding Religion.
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). Her second book uses comparison and myth theory to examine the tension between humankind and nature as expressed in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern literatures.
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
You may also check out Dr. Balogh’s faculty spotlight in the Newsroom of the University of Denver’s College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.