- President, PNW Region American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature
- Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, University of Chicago, 2007
- M.A., Biblical Studies, University of Chicago Divinity School, 1998
- B.A., Religion, University of Athens, Greece, 1992
Areas of Emphasis or Expertise
- Hebrew Bible
- Second Temple Literature
- Visual Interpretations of the Bible
- Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Studies
Antonios Finitsis’ approach to biblical literature is deeply socio-historical. Since this literature was shaped under the shadow of powerful empires, his research revolves around the lasting impact of colonial interests and power structures in the expression of religion and religious tradition. His most recent book is a collection of essays that examine the numerous ways in which dress communicates power in the Hebrew Bible. He is currently working on a second volume of Dress and the Hebrew Bible,
Since Dr. Finitsis is an import from Greece, it is only fair that he responds in kind by taking LUTES to Greece with his J-Term course. Up to the present, he has led over a hundred PLU students to study away in the Mediterranean.
In 2018 he celebrated in style the tenth anniversary of the student driven biblical/visual interpretation competition entitled: PLU Hebrew Idol.
He is proudly teaching in PLU’s General Education, Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies, International Honors, and the newly created Film and New Media Studies programs.