Amy Lynn Balogh

Adjunct Faculty

What I do

I am an adjunct professor in Judaic and Religious Studies.


Comparative Religion, Bible, Judaism, Ancient Near East

Professional Biography

Amy L. Balogh offers a variety of courses that bring the ancient Near East to the modern world, including courses on the Hebrew Bible, Judaism, the emergence of monotheism, and the relationship between humankind and nature. She holds a PhD in the Study of Religion from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program, a certificate in Historical and Archaeological Conservation from the International Conservation Center - Citta di Roma, an MA in Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a BA in Biblical Studies from Patten University.


  • Ph.D., Study of Religion, University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology, 2016
  • Certificate, Archaeological and Historic Conservation, International Conservation Center - Citta di Roma, 2012
  • MA, Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2008
  • BA, Biblical Studies, Patten University, 2005


Amy Balogh's teaching, research, and publication all bring new insight to the study of the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East by applying methods from the fields of anthropology and religious studies in a way that complements traditional biblical studies methods while also furthering the field’s ability to gain insight into the inner-workings of the ancient religious imagination.

Her methodological focus is comparison, as exemplified in her recently published monograph Moses among the Idols: Mediators of the Divine in the Ancient Near East (Lexington Books, 2018). Balogh is also developing a new method that brings natural history into direct conversation with patterns of religious thought and behavior. In combination with comparison, this new method shapes her second book, which focuses on the tension between humankind and nature as expressed in ancient Near Eastern religious texts and practices. This book is tentatively titled Human Ecology in Ancient Near Eastern Religions: A New Theory of Origins and is in the beginning of the writing stage.

Areas of Research

Ecology and Religion
Comparative Religion
Ancient Near Eastern Religion
Hebrew Bible
Moses - biblical figure