Called a “brilliant and spirited theologian” by author Phyllis Tickle, Jack Levison has a passion for ideas and an obsession with writing. Raised in a small tract house in Levittown, New York, Jack left to attend Wheaton College, where his Greek professor captured his imagination with visions of Cambridge University. When he returned from England to pursue doctoral studies at Duke University, Jack fell in love with a divinity student, Priscilla Pope, alongside of whom he now teaches at Seattle Pacific University. Jack is an internationally recognized scholar, whose books have received wide acclaim. Scot McKnight, author of The Jesus Creed, characterized Filled with the Spirit as “the benchmark and starting point for all future studies of the Spirit,” and Walter Brueggemann hailed it as “inspired.” Already Eugene Peterson has called his next book, Fresh Air: the Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life, “a rare and remarkable achievement.” To support his writing obsession, Jack has received grants from the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Fellows Program, the Louisville Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the International Catacomb Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jack directs an interdisciplinary, international research project, The Historical Roots of the Holy Spirit, and he is founding editor of a new book series, Ekstasis: Religious Experience from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. In the next few years, he will serve as vice-president and president of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. Jack lives in Shoreline, Washington, with Priscilla, his teenage son Jeremy, his daughter Chloe, when she is home from college, and their companionable dog, Maggie.
Jack Levison Interviewed at The Christian Post
Jack Levison, author and noted theologian, recently spoke with The Christian Post about his new book, Fresh Air: The Holy Spirit for an Inspired Life, sharing what he has gleaned in his 20 years of studying Scripture, and how he believes Christians can rediscover the true meaning and purpose of the Holy Spirit for their lives. Read at The Christian Post >>
Jack Levison talks with KUOW’s Jeremy Richards
In Jolo, West Virginia, there are members of a small Christian church who handle live, poisonous snakes. The snake handlers believe the snakes can’t hurt them, because they’re protected by something called “the spirit.” The notion of the spirit goes back to some of the earliest documented religions, and Jack Levison believes the spirit acts in similar ways even today. Jack is a professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. His latest book is called “Filled With the Spirit.” Today, he shares two other books that describe how the spirit acts in people’s lives, and he explains how even nonbelievers can connect with the notion of spirit. Jack Levison talks with KUOW’s Jeremy Richards. Listen on KUOW >>
Jack Levison talks with KUOW’s Dave Beck
Seattle Pacific Science Center presents Discovering the Dead Sea Scrolls, an exhibition featuring four scrolls never before seen by the public and another making its first appearance outside Israel. Regarded by many as one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century, these scrolls predate Christianity. Until their discovery, the oldest Hebrew biblical manuscript known to scholars was written in 895 C.E. The biblical Dead Sea scrolls are more than 1,000 years older, having been transcribed or copied between 250 B.C.E. and 68 C.E., written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. On the show, Seattle Pacific University professor Jack Levison talks with Dave Beck about the history of the scrolls and their significance in today’s world. Listen on KUOW >>