The mission of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies is to produce and disseminate knowledge about the civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East from the Neolithic period through late antiquity. The Department faculty conducts research and teaches courses in the languages and literatures of Greece, Rome, and the Near East (including Modern Hebrew); and the art, history, and religious traditions of these civilizations, including the development of early Judaism and Christianity. The Department offers majors in Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. CNES is also the administrative home of the programs in Religious Studies and Classical Civilization.
The CNES faculty includes a number of scholars who have won awards for both teaching and research.
Hanne Loeland Levinson received her PhD. from MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo where she also worked as an Associate Professor of Old Testament from 2007-2013. Dr. Loeland Levinson is the author of Silent or Salient Gender? The Interpretation of Gendered God-Language in the Hebrew Bible, Exemplified in Isaiah 42, 46, and 49. (Published by Mohr Siebeck in 2008). Her book won the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Dr. Loeland Levinson's field is Hebrew Bible and her special research interests are Women and gender studies, metaphor studies, narrative readings of the Hebrew Bible, and the understanding of death and dying in the Hebrew Bible. Dr. Loeland Levinson is a core faculty in the Religious Studies Program and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is Chair of the Society of Biblical Literature program unit: Metaphor Theory and Hebrew Bible. During her years at the Norwegian School of Theology Dr. Loeland Levinson has been a visiting scholar at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Luther Theological Seminary (St Paul), Duke University, the Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and at the Swedish Theological Institute (Jerusalem). To find more information visit her webpage.Read More