Amy L. Peeler, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Associate Professor of New Testament
On Faculty since 2012

Office: BGC 527


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 God has made my dream to research and teach His Word a reality. 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, an organist, and our children, Kate (6) and Maxson (3), and Kindred (1) provide the richest and most dear companions on this race of faith (Heb 12:1-2), and I am now thankful to count the Wheaton community as my fellow runners as well. This is a historic, rich, and beautiful place to live out my call to study and teach.

Courses Taught

  • New Testament Literature and Interpretation
  • 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
  • Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars
  • Scholar-Priest Initiative

Areas of Research

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


“Desiring God: The Blood of the Covenant in Exodus 24.” Bulletin of Biblical Research, forthcoming.

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

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

“The Warning of Esau: A New Look at Hebrews 12:12-17.”Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa, Spring 2005.


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, forthcoming.

Review of Hebrews by Garreth Cockerill. Wesleyan Theological Journal, forthcoming.

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, forthcoming.    

Review of Hebrews by D. Stephen Long and Atonement and the Logic of the Resurrection by David M. Moffitt. Books and Culture, forthcoming.

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, forthcoming.

Review of Feminist and Womanist Essays in Reformed Dogmatics edited by Amy Plantinga Pauw and Serene Jones. Koinonia, forthcoming.

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): 129-132.    

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

Review of Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith With Their Religious Traditions by Robert Benne (With Todd C. Ream). Christian Scholar’s Review 32:1 (2002): 148-150.


“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, July 22, 2012.    

“Perfecting as Paideia, Perfection as Inheritance,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, May 26, 2010.    

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

“The Ethos of God in Hebrews,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, November 18, 2007.    

“The Inauguration of the First Covenant in the Epistle to the Hebrews,” paper presented at the Hebrews and Theology Conference, July 18–22, 2006.

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