Denise Dombkowski Hopkins
Professor of Hebrew Bible; Woodrow W. and Mildred B. Miller Professor of Biblical Theology

A native of upstate New York, Denise Dombkowski Hopkins is a member of the UCC church.  She has twice studied at the Ecumenical Instutute for Theological Studies in the West Bank and has received two research awards: the Yale Theological Renewal Award (2006-2007) and the ATS Research Grant (2007-2008).  Her academic interests include Psalms and Second Temple Judaism.  Denise co-authored with her colleague in Pastoral Care, Michael Koppel, Grounded in the Living Word: The Hebrew Bible and Pastoral Care Practices (Eerdmans, 2010). She also wrote Journey Through the Psalms (Chalice, 2002), and numerous exegeses for Good Preacher and Feasting on the Word. She is a long-time PTA activist, gardener, golfer, bicyclist and ballet lover with two children, Brian and Ariel. Dr. Hopkins received an award for exemplary teaching for 2011-2012 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. 

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Courses Taught

  • Wisdom Literature
  • Biblical Hebrew
  • Genesis 1-3: Creation, Sin, and Human Possibility
  • Grounded in the Living Word: Pastoral Practices and the Hebrew Bible, taught with Michael Koppel
  • Introduction to Hebrew Bible
  • Old Testament Exegesis: Jeremiah
  • Old Testament Exegesis: Megilloth
  • Old Testament Exegesis: Psalms
  • PMM: Practice in Ministry and Mission Colloquy
  • Practicum in Biblical Interpretation
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • The Ten Commandments


  • Syracuse University, B.A.
  • Vanderbilt University, M.A., Ph.D.


  • Grounded in the Living Word: The Hebrew Bible and Pastoral Care Practices (Eerdmans, 2010)
  • Journey through the Psalms (Chalice Press, 2002)
  • "Judith" in Women's Bible Commentary (exp. ed WJK, 1998; Revised forthcoming in 2012)
  • "Judith", "1,2,3,4 Maccabees" Introduction & Annotations in The Christian Discipleship Bible (WJK, 2007) 

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