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Michael Legaspi

Michael Legaspi

Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies

222 Weaver Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-7891


  1. Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Hebrew Bible, 2006


Before coming to Penn State, Prof. Legaspi taught at Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska) and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts). As a member of CAMS and Jewish Studies, Prof. Legaspi teaches courses in biblical studies, ethics, and the historical backgrounds of Judaism and Christianity. His principal research interests include the history of biblical interpretation, specifically the intellectual backgrounds of modern criticism in the early modern period and in various strands of the Enlightenment. He is the author of The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies (Oxford University Press, 2010). Currently, Prof. Legaspi is working on a book-length study of the concept of wisdom, its roots in biblical and classical traditions, and its reflexes in modern intellectual history.

Recent Courses

J ST 112/CAMS 121: Jesus the Jew
J ST/CAMS 120: New Testament
J ST/CAMS 124: Early and Medieval Christianity
J ST 497/CAMS 400W: Athens and Jerusalem: Wisdom in the Ancient World

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