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Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament

On Faculty since 2012
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It only took a few days in her first Biblical Studies class in college to realize that this topic is what she wanted to study for the rest of her life. Amy is incredibly thankful that she can now research and teach God’s Word daily as part of her vocation.

Amy's primary research centers in the Epistle to the Hebrews, which has prompted her to explore ancient rhetoric, the use of the Old Testament in the New, Israel's sacrificial system, atonement, family and inheritance in the Ancient World, and theological language.

Hebrews articulates what Amy believes is true of all Scripture: it is living and active and sharp enough to penetrate our hearts, minds, and spirits. If we give it our attention and respect, God will reward that work. Consequently, she always discovers new insights into the character of God and his ways with the world as she explores the entire Bible with her classes, colleagues, fellow church members, and family. Her husband Lance, a church organist, and their children, Kate, Maxson, and Kindred serve as her most dear companions on this race of faith (Heb 12:1-2), and she is thankful to count the Wheaton community as her fellow runners as well.

Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Biblical Studies, 2011

Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., 2005

Oklahoma Baptist University
B.A., Biblical Languages, 2002

  • Feminist Theology
  • The Fatherhood of God
  • Gospel of Mark
  • The Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Exodus
  • Theological Language
  • Mary
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Scholar-Priest Initiative
  • Center for Pastor Theologians
  • Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

Theology in the Book of Hebrews
Christianity Today

On this episode of Theology for Life, Lynn, Ed, and guest Amy Peeler discuss the Book of Hebrews, including authorship and theme. What are some of the key passages of Father and Son in Hebrews, and how is that a prominent theme in the book? According to Peeler, it is telling that the book focuses on a Father who can be trusted and who wants to invite them into an enduring relationship. But how do people respond to this idea of a good God who is called “Father”? How does Hebrews describe discipleship, and us as “co-heirs”? We walk through life, but we aren’t fully there yet…we keep running this race. There’s a trust we have as we move through life and look to the future with God in His household ...
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Divine Action and Hebrews: The Ongoing Priesthood of Jesus
Institute for Biblical Research Scripture and Doctrine Seminar, San Antonio, TX, November 2016

1 Corinthians 11
Center for Pastoral Theologians Annual Meeting, October 2016

Becoming Children of God: Pneumatological Creation of Identity in Hebrews
Wycliffe Center for Scripture and Theology Colloquium on Hebrews, April 2016

Faith, Sexuality, and the Soul
Keynote Lecturer at Gethesemane Episcopal Church, Marion, IN, April 2016

Leading Many Sons to Glory: Implications of Exclusive Language in Hebrews
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, November 2015

If Son, Then Priest
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta, GA, November 2015

Panelist on "The State of Women in Ministry”
Pastor Theologians Conference, Oak Park, IL, November 2015

Most Highly Favored Lady: Mary in Text and Song
Paper presented at the Christian Congregational Music Conference, Ripon College, Cuddesdon, England. August, 2015

Hebrews, Covenant, Atonement
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 2014

Panelist on Michael Bird’s Evangelical Theology
Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Francisco, CA, November 2014

Respondent to “Acquainted with Grief: The Atonement and Early Feminist Conceptions of Theodicy”
Paper presented at the Logos Workshop in Philosophical Theology, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, May 2014

Faith and Gender
Keynote Lecture at Biblical Womanhood Conference, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Marion, IN, April 2014

Family of God
Paper presented at the Forum on Youth Ministry, Princeton, NJ, April 2014

"Junia and Ministry"
Junia and Ministry, Evangelical Theological Society, November 2017

"Children of God"
President's Conference for Trinity School for Ministry, Chicago, IL, October 2017

"Mission in Mark." Bible Study Leader
Annual Conference for the Diocese of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, July 2017

“Eating Like Jesus: 1 Corinthians 11:17–34”
Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton, IL, April 2017

“A Theology of the Family of God”
National Student Leadership Conference, Taylor University, Upland, IN, February 2017

“God and Gender” Student Theological Society, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL, February 2017

“What is Hebrews? Doubt and Assurance”
Midwest Society of Biblical Literature, Notre Dame, IN, February 2017

“Promises to the Son: Covenant and Atonement in Hebrews” Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Valparaiso, IN, January 2017

“The Church as Worshippers of the Present and Coming King: The Time and Setting of Worship in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Scripture and Church Seminar. Institute of Biblical Research. Denver, CO. November, 2016. 

“The Eternal Value of Works.” Book Review of Salvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew Bates. Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Denver, CO. November, 2018.

 “Mary as Mediator.” Logos Conference. University of Notre Dame, May 2018.

“Mary as a Window to Theology” Logos Seminar. University of St. Andrews. February, 2018.

“Purity and Sonship in the Gospel of Luke.” University of Edinburgh Biblical Studies Seminar. February, 2018.

“Sabbath and Temple in Hebrews.” Biblical Studies Seminar. University of St. Andrews, March 2018.

“Fatherhood and Sonship in Hebrews Revisited.” Graduate Student Workshop. University of St. Andrews. April, 2018.

“Junia/Joanna: Herald of the Good News.” Evangelical Theological Society. Providence, RI. November, 2017. 

Panelist on the Scripture and Doctrine Seminar Panel. Institute of Biblical Research. Boston, IL. November, 2017.

“Eating Like Jesus: 1 Corinthians 11:17–34.” Wheaton Theology Conference. Wheaton, IL. April 2017.

“A Theology of the Family of God.” National Student Leadership Conference. Taylor University. Upland, IN. February 2017. 

“God and Gender.” Student Theological Society. Moody Bible Institute. Chicago, IL. February 2017.

“What is Hebrews? Doubt and Assurance.” Midwest Society of Biblical Literature. Notre Dame, IN. February 2017.

“Promises to the Son: Covenant and Atonement in Hebrews.” Chicago Society of Biblical Research. Valparaiso, IN. January 2017.

  • The Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Mark
  • Exodus
  • The Fatherhood of God
  • Theological Language
  • Feminist Theology
  • New Testament Literature and Interpretation
  • First Year Seminar: Enduring Questions (What is the Good Life and Who is the God Who Created It?)
  • Matthew
  • Mark
  • Galatians
  • James
  • Hebrews
  • Theological Integration: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mary the Mother of God

“‘A Fearful Thing to Fall into the Hands of Living God’: A Study of Fear in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Perspectives in Religious Studies, 2018. (6675 words)

Eating Like Jesus: 1 Corinthians 11:17–34 in Come Let Us Eat Together. Edited by George Kalantzsis and Marc Cortez. Amy Peeler. 2018.

Imaging Glory: 1 Corinthians 11, Gender, and Bodies at Worship in Beauty, Order, and Mystery: The Christian Vision of Sexuality. Edited by Todd Wilson and Gerald Hiestand. 2017.

Anthropology of Hebrews in Anthropology and New Testament Theology. Edited by Jason Maston and Benjamin E. Reynolds. Amy Peeler. 2016.

Leadership in the General Epistles in A Biblical Analysis of Leadership: Exegesis for the Everyday Leader. Edited by Bejamin K. Forrest. Amy Peeler. 2016.

Junia in Vindicating the Vixens: Men and Women Revisiting Gendered Bible Stories. Edited by Sandra Glahn. Amy Peeler. 2016.

Review of Children in Early Christian Narratives by Sharon Betsworth in Journal of Evangelical Theological Society. Amy Peeler. 2016.

If Son, Then Priest: The Filial Foundation of Ordination in Hebrews and Other New Testament Texts in Listen, Understand, Obey: A Festschrift For Gareth Cockerill. Edited by Caleb Friedeman. Amy Peeler. 2016.

Those Other Gospels in Books and Culture. Amy Peeler. 2015.

Review of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Guides to Theology) by Tim Perry and Daniel Kendall, SJ in Currents in Theology and Mission. Amy Peeler. 2015.

Review of The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World, by Mary Y. MacDonald in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Amy Peeler. 2015.

Review of Women in Pastoral Office: The Story of S. Prassede, by Mary M. Schaefer in Books and Culture. Amy Peeler. 2015.

Review of Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles, by Karen Jobes in Wesleyan Theological Journal. Amy Peeler. 2014.

Reading Biblically in Reading Theologically: Foundations for Learning. Amy Peeler. 2014.

ldquo;Peer Relations in Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Foundations and Approaches. Amy Peeler. 2014.

Review of Greening Hebrews?: Ecological Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews, by Jeffrey S. Lamp in Review of Biblical Literature. Amy Peeler. 2014.

Review of Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, ed. Marion Ann Taylor in Southeastern Theological Review. Amy Peeler. 2013.

The Exegesis of Freshman: Biblical Studies Research in Introduction to the New Testament in Currents in Undergraduate Research Quarterly. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Modern Day Miracles in Wheaton. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Review of The Later New Testament Writings and Scripture: The Old Testament in Acts, Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles and Revelation, by Steve Moyise in Review of Biblical Literature. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Review of Motherhood and Love: Beyond the Gendered Stereotypes of Theology, by Cristina Grenholm and Gifted to  Lead: The Art of Leading as a Woman in the Church, by Nancy Beach in Wesleyan Theological Journal. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Desiring God: The Blood of the Covenant in Exodus 24 in Bulletin for Biblical Research. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Review of The Epistle to the Hebrews, by Garreth Cockerill in Wesleyan Theological Journal. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Review of “Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity,” by J. R. Daniel Kirk in Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Amy Peeler. 2013.

Review of Hebrews, by D. Stephen Long and Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection, by David M. Moffitt in Books and Culture. Amy Peeler. 2013.

The Ethos of God in Hebrews in Perspectives in Religious Studies. Amy Peeler. 2007.

 

What Do We Mean When We Call God "Father"?

In this TowerTalk, Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D., articulates the benefits of the familial language of the Bible and the Theology of the Family of God. In calling us sons and daughters of God, the New Testament proclaims our amazingly intimate relationship with God with all the rights and responsibilities therein.

 

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