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Amy L. Peeler, Ph.D.

The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies

Associate Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BGC 527
Email: Amy.Peeler@wheaton.edu


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

M. Div., Princeton Theological Seminary 2005

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

About Amy L. Peeler

It only took a few days in my first Biblical Studies class in college to realize that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I am incredibly thankful that I can now research and teach God’s Word daily as part of my vocation. My primary research centers in the Epistle to the Hebrews, which has prompted me 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. Presently, I want to bring Hebrews' emphasis on the Fatherhood of God to the conversation among feminist theologians about the complexities of addressing God as Father.

Hebrews articulates what I believe 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, I always discover new insights into the character of God and his ways with the world as I explore the entire Bible with my classes, colleagues, fellow church members, and family.

My husband Lance, a church organist, and our children, Kate, Maxson, and Kindred serve as my most dear companions on this race of faith (Heb 12:1-2), and I am thankful to count the Wheaton community as my fellow runners as well. 

Courses Taught

  • 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

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Scholar-Priest Initiative
  • Center for Pastor Theologians
  • Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

Areas of Research

  • The Epistle to the Hebrews
  • Mark
  • Exodus
  • The Fatherhood of God
  • Theological Language
  • Feminist Theology



You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews. LNTS 486. London: T&T Clark, 2014.


"Reading Biblically.” Pages 49–64 in Reading Theologically: Foundations for Learning. Edited by Eric D. Barreto. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014.


ldquo;Peer Relations.” Pages 145–78 in Christianity and Developmental Psychopathology: Foundations and Approaches. Edited by Kelly S. Flanagan and Sarah E. Hall. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014. 


“Modern Day Miracles.” Wheaton (Autumn 2013): 31–32.


“The Exegesis of Freshman: Biblical Studies Research in Introduction to the New Testament.” Currents in Undergraduate Research Quarterly 33.4 (2013): 34. 


“Desiring God: The Blood of the Covenant in Exodus 24.” Bulletin for Biblical Research 23.2 (2013): 187–205.


“The Ethos of God in Hebrews.” Perspectives in Religious Studies 37.1 (2010): 37–51.


"The Warning of Esau: A New Look at Hebrews 12:12-17." Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa 29, no. 1 (Spring 2005): 1–18.


“With Tears and Joy: The Emotions of Christ in Hebrews.” Koinonia 20 (2008): 12–26.



Review Essay of Do We Need the New Testament? By John Goldingay. www.syndicatetheology.com.


Review of Children in Early Christian Narratives by Sharon Betsworth. LNTS 521. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. Journal of Evangelical Theological Society 59 (March 2016): 177–79.


“Those Other Gospels” Books and Culture (November/December 2105): 16.


Review of The Blessed Virgin Mary (Guides to Theology) by Tim Perry and Daniel Kendall, SJ. Currents in Theology and Mission 42:2 (April 2015): 145.


Review of The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World, by Mary Y. MacDonald. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58.2 (2015): 408–11.


Review of Women in Pastoral Office: The Story of S. Prassede, by Mary M. Schaefer. Books and Culture (January/February 2015), 21.


Review of Letters to the Church: A Survey of Hebrews and the General Epistles, by Karen Jobes. Wesleyan Theological Journal 49:2 (2014): 279–81.


Review of Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide, ed. Marion Ann Taylor.  Southeastern Theological Review 4:2 (2013): 244–45.


Review of Greening Hebrews?: Ecological Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews, by Jeffrey S. Lamp. Review of Biblical Literature (March 24, 2014).


Review of The Later New Testament Writings and Scripture: The Old Testament in Acts, Hebrews, the Catholic Epistles and Revelation, by Steve Moyise. Review of Biblical Literature (February 26, 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. Wesleyan Theological Journal 48:1 (2013): 163–67.


Review of The Epistle to the Hebrews, by Garreth Cockerill. Wesleyan Theological Journal 48:2 (2013): 244–47.


Review of “Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity,” by J. R. Daniel Kirk. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75:4 (2013): 804–5.


Review of Hebrews, by D. Stephen Long and Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection, by David M. Moffitt. Books and Culture 19:2 (2013): 9.


Review of Daring, Disreputable, and Devout: Interpreting the Bible’s Women in the Arts and Music by Dan W. Clanton, Jr. and Illuminating Luke: The Passion and Resurrection Narratives in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting, by Heidi J. Hornik and Michael C. Parsons. Perspectives in Religious Studies 38.4 (2011): 449–51.


Review of Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics, Amy Plantinga Pauw and Serene Jones, eds. Koinonia 23 (2011): 108–10.


Review of Greening Paul: Rereading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis, by David G. Horrell, Cherryl Hunt, and Christopher Southgate. Review of Biblical Literature (December 31, 2011).




Review of “Letters and Homilies for Jewish Christians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Hebrews, James and Jude,” by Ben Witherington, III. Koinonia 20 (2008): 121–24.


Review of Hebrews: A Commentary, by Luke Timothy Johnson. Koinonia 18 (2006): 129–32.


Review of With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy of Education, by Michael L. Peterson. Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development 3 (2003): 80–82. Written with Todd C. Ream.


Review of Quality with Soul, by Robert Beene. Christians Scholars Review 32 (2002): 148–50. Written with Todd C. Ream.


"Divine Action and Hebrews: The Ongoing Priesthood of Jesus.” Paper presented at the Institute for Biblical Research Scripture and Doctrine Seminar. San Antonio, TX. November 2016.


"1 Cor 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 at the 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. 


Respondent in Hebrews Section at the Annual Meeting of SBL. Baltimore, MD, November 2013. 


Panelist on Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection by David Moffitt at the Christian Theological Research Fellowship. Baltimore, MD, November 2013. 


“‘I Will Be a Father’: Paternal Theology in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Milwaukee, WI, November 2012. 


“‘Whom He Appointed Heir of All Things’: Inheritance in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. Milwaukee, WI, November 2012. 


“‘My Son, You are Priest’: The Filial Context of the Cultic Motif in Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the SBL. Chicago, IL, November 2012. 


“The Son and the Sons of God: Distinguishing Jesus from the Angels in Hebrews 1.” Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. July 2012. 


Interview of Ellen Charry on God and the Art of Happiness at Athens and Jerusalem Seminar. Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN, November 2011. 


Response to “The Adamic Background of Romans 7” by Robert Brian Kidwell at the Wesleyan Graduate Student Theological Seminar. Indianapolis, IN, October 2011. 


“‘You Are My Son’: The Relationship in Hebrews 1:1–5.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Region of the SBL. Bourbonnais, IL, February 2011. 


“Perfecting as Paideia, Perfection as Inheritance.” Paper presented at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, May 2010. 


“With Tears and Joy: The Emotions of Christ in Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Koinonia Annual Forum. Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, March 2008. 


“Power in the Midst of Darkness: Illuminating Luke’s Passion Narrative.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the SBL. New Brunswick, NJ, March 2008. 


“The Ethos of God in Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. San Diego, CA, November 2007. 


“Rent in Twain: KATAPETASMA in Mark and Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the SBL. Baltimore, MD, March 2007. 


“The Inauguration of the First Covenant in the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Paper presented at the Hebrews and Theology Conference. St. Andrews, Scotland, July 2006. 


“What’s Apocalypticism Got to Do With It? 1 Corinthians 13 as Apocalyptic Discourse.” Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic Region of the SBL. Baltimore, MD, March 2006.