Mark Leuchter

Faculty profile photo of Mark LeuchterAssociate Professor
650 Anderson Hall
1114 West Berks St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122


Ancient Judaism, Early Rabbinic thought, Hebrew Bible, Ancient Israelite religion


Professor Leuchter’s field of research is ancient Judaism. His work includes the study of mythology in ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism, the phenomenon of prophecy in the ancient near east, the formation of the Hebrew Bible, and the history of the Israelite priesthood. He earned his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2003 and currently serves as director of Jewish Studies. He has previously served as coordinator of Biblical Studies at Univesity of Sydney (Australia) and Visiting Professor of Hebrew Bible at University of Pennsylvania. His favorite band is Rush.

Selected Publications

  • Samuel and the Shaping of Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • The Polemics of Exile in Jeremiah 26-45 (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • “The Fightin’ Mushites”, Vetus Testamentum 62 (2012) 479-500
  • “Genesis 38 in Social and Historical Perspective”, Journal of Biblical Literature 132 (2013) 209-227

Courses Taught

  • Religion in the World
  • Introduction to the Bible
  • Between the Torah and the Talmud
  • Special Topics in Biblical Studies