Professor of Old Testament

Amanda Benckhuysen


B.A. (Queen’s University, 1992) M.Div. (Calvin Theological Seminary, 1997) Ph.D. (University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, 2010) Amanda joined the faculty of CTS in 2014 after having taught at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary for six years. Prior to teaching, Amanda served in campus ministry at the University of Michigan. She is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. Amanda enjoys studying the Old Testament as a whole, but has a particular interest in the Psalms, Wisdom Literature (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, Song of Songs), and the classical prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Book of Twelve). She also teaches and writes in the areas of biblical hermeneutics, the history of biblical interpretation and Christian feminism. Amanda is currently working on a book-length project that surveys the history of the interpretation of Genesis 1-3 with a focus on women’s interpretation of this text. “I study the Old Testament because it is a mystery to me, so many wonderful and aw(e)ful texts. It is also a gift, a gift from God who in the giving seems to be saying, “Here, this is my word for you. Learn from it, cherish it, let it dwell in your heart.” So in my studies, I seek to embrace the gift for what it is and invite my students to join me in entering into the mystery.” Amanda enjoys biking and hiking with her husband and 2 daughters. Because of her bent for adventure, you may also find her ziplining or rock wall climbing.

Speaking Topics

Why Study the Old Testament? The Case for Christian Feminism The Psalms and the Life of Faith Learning to Read the Bible Well