Rhiannon Graybill is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible whose work brings together biblical texts and contemporary critical and cultural theory. Her research interests include prophecy, gender and sexuality, horror theory, speculative fiction, and the Bible as literature. She is the author of Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets (Oxford, 2016) and Texts after Terror: Rape, Sexual Violence, and the Hebrew Bible (Oxford, 2021). She has also co-edited three books: Rape Culture and Religious Studies: Critical and Pedagogical Engagements (with Cooper Minister and Beatrice Lawrence, Lexington Books, 2019), The Bible, Gender, and Sexuality: Critical Readings (with Lynn R. Huber, Bloomsbury / T. & T. Clark, 2020), and “Who Knows What We’d Make of It, If We Ever Got Our Hands on It?”: The Bible and Margaret Atwood (with Peter J. Sabo, Gorgias Press, 2020). Her current projects include the Anchor Yale Bible Commentary on Jonah (with Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner) and an edited volume entitled Lee Edelman and the Queer Study of Religion (with Kent L. Brintnall and Linn Tonstad; under contract with Routledge).
“A Child Is Being Eaten: Maternal Cannibalism and the Hebrew Bible in the Company of Fairy Tales.” Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. 141, no. 2 (2022).
“Testifying Bodies: The Bible and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments.” With Peter J. Sabo. Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Vo. 38, No.1 (2022).
“‘Even unto this Bitter Loving’: Unhappiness and Queer Feeling in the Book of Ruth,” Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 29 (2020).
“Gender, Sexuality, and the Bible: Teaching for Social Justice,” Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2020).
“Underwater Archaeology: The Compositional Layers of the Book of Jonah.” With Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner. Vetus Testamentum, Vol. 70, No. 1 (2020).
“Fuzzy, Messy, Icky: The Edges of Consent in Biblical Rape Narratives and Rape Culture,” The Bible & Critical Theory, Vol. 15, No. 2 (2019).
The Bible, Gender and Sexuality: Critical Readings. Edited by Rhiannon Graybill and Lynn R. Huber (Bloomsbury / T. & T. Clark, 2020).
Who Knows What We’d Make of It, If We Ever Got Our Hands on It? The Bible and Margaret Atwood. Edited by Rhiannon Graybill & Peter J. Sabo (Gorgias Press LLC, 2020).
Rape Culture and Religious Studies: Critical and Pedagogical Engagements (Lexington, 2019)
Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets (Oxford, 2016).
M.A. University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa)