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Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

Janet Ayers Academic Center 2012 
(615) 460-8624
amanda.miller@belmont.edu

I have been at Belmont since Fall 2011, and teach courses ranging from a freshman-level general education introduction to the biblical text, through Koine Greek (the original language of the New Testament), to in-depth upper level courses with religion majors and minors. In all of them, I cherish the opportunity to journey alongside students, exploring the biblical text together and wrestling with what it teaches us about God, the world, humanity, and how we are to be in relationship with one another. My ministry here at Belmont helps me realize more every day that teaching is, at its heart, a ministry of equipping, and a conversation, a dialogue–between myself, the students, the Bible, God, creation, human culture, and our shared experiences and wisdom.

Some of my vocational passions and areas of research include poverty, wealth, and social justice in the Bible; the theme of status reversals in ancient and modern religious traditions; the Roman imperial setting of the New Testament; community practices of the early church; gender studies and the Bible; and music and songs in the biblical text. I particularly enjoy studying, teaching, and discussing the Gospels, Luke especially, but also have a great time with the course Life and Letters of Paul. I am an ordained minister and love to preach and teach and share my scholarship with local faith communities.

I also enjoy learning new things about life, love, and the divine every day from my husband, the Rev. Alec Miller, our son Lukas, and our sweet old dog Brandi. I love to relax with just about anything related to the water: stand-up paddle boarding, swimming, hiking at the lake, going to the beach, whatever! I also like reading fiction, neighborhood walks, theater, relaxing at parks, local festivals, iced peppermint mochas, and singing in church choir whenever I get the chance.

Education

Ph.D., Union Presbyterian Seminary
M.Div., Central Baptist Theologicaly Seminary
B.M.E., Music Therapy, The University of Kansas, Lawrence

Recent Publications

  • “Bridge Work and Seating Charts: A Study of Luke’s Ethics of Wealth, Poverty, and Reversal.” Interpretation 68 (October 2014).
  • Rumors of Resistance: Status Reversals and Hidden Transcripts in the Gospel of Luke. Emerging Scholars. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • “A Different Kind of Victory: 4Q427 7 I–II and the Magnificat as Later Developments of the Hebrew Victory Song.” In What Does Scripture Say? Studies in the Function of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity, edited by Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias, 192–211. London: T&T Clark, 2012.