University of Dubuque

Amanda Benckhuysen


 Assistant Professor of Old Testament
 B.A., Queens University, M.Div., Calvin Theological Seminary, 
 Ph.D., University of Toronto.  Joined UDTS in 2008.  

 Contact Info:
 207 Severance
 (563) 589-3859 
 abenckhuysen@dbq.edu

"Far from being outdated or irrelevant, the Scriptures have an amazing capacity to speak to the complexities and uncertainties of our lives today. In reading the Scriptures, we come to a truer understanding of ourselves, the world and our relationship with God. Through the biblical narratives, we experience again and again the persistent grace of God that meets us in Jesus Christ. Here we learn the story that God so loved the whole world that he gave his one and only son (Jn 3:16), a story that shapes our sense of self and our calling in this world as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. Our study of Scripture is never then merely academic, but necessarily engages the question, "What are the implications of this text for our lives and our world?"

Amanda is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. She has served as a campus pastor at the University of Michigan and regularly preached in area churches while working on her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. She is also married to a pastor and knows personally the joys and challenges of pastoral ministry today. Additionally, Amanda has served her denomination by participating in study committees as well as speaking at retreats and training events.

Amanda's research interests include the study of Old Testament narrative, feminist theology and the history of biblical interpretation. Her dissertation combines these interests in examining and comparing various responses to the Hagar story in Genesis 16 and 21. She has published two essays in Recovering 19th Century Women Interpreters of the Bible, as well as an article in Reformed Worship and reviews in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and Toronto's Journal of Theology. In addition, Amanda has presented at the annual conferences of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.