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About Alan Lenzi

I specialize in the study of first millennium ancient Near Eastern religious traditions.

I challenge students to think critically and self-reflectively about religion and the Bible as products of human culture in order to understand themselves, their society, and human civilization broadly in a deeper manner. I bring a multi-disciplinary array of methodological tools to this task: linguistic, historical, sociological, and anthropological. Our deep intellectual engagement with religious texts and ideas often touches on sensitive personal issues, perhaps even creating conflict for a student's religious identity. (Education is nothing if it is not challenging.) I know firsthand about such matters. And I encourage students to visit me during office hours to think through such issues with me.

Positions

2012 Present Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
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20062012 Assistant Professor, University of the Pacific College of the Pacific
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20032006 Visiting Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis
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20042005 Adjunct and Visiting Lecturer, University of Missouri
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2003 Adjunct Professor, Webster University
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2001 Language Instructor, North Park Theological Seminary
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19981999 Teaching Assistant, Brandeis University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • College of the Pacific, College Research Fund Grant, Summer 2015
  • University of the Pacific Eberhardt Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2014
  • University of the Pacific United Methodist Teacher/ Scholar Award, Fall 2013
  • Thomas J. Long General Education Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2013
  • University of the Pacific Eberhardt Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2012
  • Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant, November 2011
  • Thomas J. Long General Education Teaching Fellowship, Fall 2010 University of the Pacific Eberhardt Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2009
  • Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant, November 2008
  • Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant, December 2007
  • Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant, December 2006
  • Nahum and Anne Glatzer Endowed Prize in Near Eastern an d Judaic Studies, 2006
  • Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar of the Year–Central States, 2005
  • Central States Society of Biblical Literature Stude nt Award, 2004
  • Karen McQuillan Fund of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University, April 2003
  • Graduate School Travel Grants, May 2002 and May 2003
  • Fellowship and Full Tuition Remission, Brandeis Univ ersity, 1997–2001
  • Faculty Grant for Graduate Study from the Edwin L. Jon es Fund, Westminster, 1997
  • Leslie W. Sloat Prize in Greek Exegesis, Westminster, 1997

Courses

  • RELI 023 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • RELI 034 Introduction to Religion
  • RELI 030 Comparative Religion
  • RELI 102 History of Ancient Egypt and the Near East
  • RELI 170 Bible in America
  • RELI 047 Unbelief: Atheism and Agnosticism
  • PACS 001 Pacific Seminar 1
  • PACS 002 Pacific Seminar 2: Myth-Conceptions Old and New
  • PACS 003 Pacific Seminar 3

Education

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2006 Ph.D., Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible, Brandeis University
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2002 M.A., Ancient Near East and Hebrew Bible, Brandeis University
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20002001 Unofficial Auditor, University of Chicago ‐ Oriental Institute
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1997 M.A.R., summa cum laude, Biblical Studies, Westminster Theological Seminary
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1993 B.A., magna cum laude, Bible, Central Bible College
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Contact Information

WPC 147
Phone: 209.946.2292

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Digital Projects (2)

Books and Book Chapters (12)

Books and book chapters authored or edited by Dr. Alan Lenzi.

Articles (28)

Journal articles written by Dr. Alan Lenzi