About Mary Joan Winn Leith

Mary Joan Winn Leith

Mary Joan Winn Leith has been teaching at Stonehill College since 1993. As a graduate student at Harvard University she participated in archaeological excavations in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and Jordan. At Stonehill she teaches courses on the Bible and the religion, history and culture of the Ancient Near East and Greece. In addition, she offers a popular course on the Virgin Mary. Prof. Leith has taught a number of Learning Communities with Prof. Allyson Sheckler of the Fine Arts department, including the Travel LC, “Pagans and Christians,” which visits sites in Italy such as Pompeii, the Roman Catacombs, and other places relating to early Christianity, Judaism, pagan Roman religion. She also teaches Biblical Hebrew.

Presenter at

Bible & Archaeology Fest XX, November 17 – 19, 2017
Found: The Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

The proverbial lost tribes have been “found” variously in the British Isles, the American southwest and China, not to mention in the cuneiform records of Assyria which, according to 2 Kings 17, recount that the Israelites were deported from their homeland and replaced with peoples from “Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim.” Recent archaeological discoveries provide a surprising new perspective on the whereabouts of the supposedly lost tribes.

Bible & Archaeology Fest XVIII, November 20 – 22, 2015
Angels: The Bible and Beyond

There is no Devil in the Hebrew Bible, but there are plenty of angels. What does the Bible tell us about these angels? Are New Testament angels the same? How do the archaeological and artistic records assist us in understanding angels? As in the Bible, ideas about angels are rooted in a surprising array of ancient cultures encompassing a vast span of time. The evidence? New Kingdom Egyptian thrones, neo-Assyrian palace reliefs, Iron Age Phoenician ivories, seals from the kingdom of Judah, and Imperial Roman triumphal arches, Jewish-Christian magical amulets and more.

Ridgecrest Retreat, July 27 – August 2, 2014