Beverly Mayne Kienzle

 Beverly Mayne Kienzle
Address14 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 2138

Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

B.A., University of Maryland,
A.M., Ph.D., Boston College, Department of Theology,

Beverly Mayne Kienzle

John H. Morison Professor of the Practice in Latin and Romance Languages, Lecturer on Medieval Christianity, and Director of Language Studies

BA, University of Maryland
AM, PhD, Boston College, Department of Theology
Professor Beverly Kienzle

office: Andover 124
telephone: 617.496.2897

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Beverly Mayne Kienzle began teaching at HDS in 1986 and was appointed director of language studies and of the Summer Language Program in 1993. Her courses on Christian Latin and medieval Christianity emphasize the careful examination of primary sources and the role of texts in medieval culture. As past president of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, she channels her passion for medieval sermons into her teaching and her publications on preaching. Her work focuses on evidence for women’s preaching in monastic, lay, and dissident communities; dissident Christians’ demands for the authority to evangelize; and the place of preaching and sermons in the history of medieval heresy. A concern about violence against women motivates her continuing research on battering in historical narratives. A 2008-09 faculty grant from the Center for the Study of World Religions funded the expansion of this work in collaboration with Nancy Nienhuis (ThD ‘02), Andover Newton Theological School. Kienzle’s publications include an edition (with Carolyn A. Muessig) of Hildegard of Bingen’s Expositiones euangeliorum, titled Hildegard of Bingen and Her Gospel Homilies: New Mysteries in an Age of Tottering Faith, funded by a 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship; Cistercians, Heresy, and Crusade in Occitania, 1145-1229; Women Preachers and Prophets Through Two Millennia of Christianity; The Sermon; Medieval Sermons and Society; Models of Holiness in Medieval Sermons; Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons for the Summer Season (translation); and De Ore Domini: Preacher and Word in the Middle Ages.

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On leave fall term 2009.


  • Preaching and the Sermon in the Middle Ages (Fall 2010)
  • Latin Paleography and Manuscript Culture: Seminar (Spring 2011)
  • Readings in Christian Latin: Hildegard of Bingen and the Gospels (Fall 2011)
  • Heresy, Orthodoxy, and Religious Identity in Medieval Christianity (Spring 2012)

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