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A scholar of ancient Judaism, Hebrew bible and contemporary religious thought, Mortensen has published a book Oh Priests, showing the priest-centered authorship and readership of Targum Pseudo-Jonathan. She will also publish Examining Your Childhood Religion, a comparison of biblical religions with the bible and identification of their dissonance with the modern world. Published articles concern Targums, Aramaic translations of the Hebrew bible.
Specific teaching interests include Temple cult and Hebrew bible, Dead Sea Scrolls and New Age thought. Her courses include Finding God, Dead Sea Scrolls, Moses and David: Tabernacle and Temple, and Wisdom Literature. She is director of the Village Singers, a choral group in Glencoe.