Deeana Klepper

dklepper147 Bay State Road, Suite 408
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.358.0186; F: 617.358.3807
Spring 2015 Office Hours: On sabbatical


Associate Professor of Religion. PhD, Northwestern University, MA, Northwestern University, BA, Northland College. Professor Klepper teaches Christianity and medieval and early modern European religious history, with special interests in the place of Bible in medieval culture, the social contexts of mysticism, Christian-Jewish relations and other cross-cultural religious encounters, and the history of science. She taught previously at Williams College and has been the recipient of numerous prizes and fellowships, including the American Academy in Rome’s Rome Prize, a University of Pennsylvania Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for research. Professor Klepper’s research focuses on approaches to biblical interpretation in the Middle Ages and medieval Christian responses to Jews and Jewish tradition. She has recently completed a book, The Insight of Unbelievers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), which explores the complicated and contradictory attitudes toward Hebrew texts held by a variety of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Christian scholars and shows how the Franciscan Bible commentator Nicholas of Lyra came to serve as an important mediator of Hebrew traditions for Christian Europe. She is currently at work on a new project entitled Banishing Hagar: Christian Conceptualization of Jewish Expulsion and Exile in the Middle Ages.

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The Insight of Unbelievers: Nicholas of Lyra and Christian Reading of Jewish Text in the Later Middle Ages
By Deeana Klepper
University of Pennsylvania Press
January 2007
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