Rhiannon Graybill

Rhiannon Graybill

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Millard Professor of Religion, Program Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies

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, and psychoanalysis and ancient Near Eastern literature. She is the author of Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets (Oxford, 2016). Her current projects include a monograph entitled The Cannibal Bible and a commentary to the book of Jonah (with Steven L. McKenzie and John Kaltner).


“‘Day of the Woman’: Judges 4-5 as Slasher and Rape Revenge Narrative.” Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (forthcoming).

“The Caves of the Hebrew Bible: A Speleology,” with P.J. Sabo. Biblical Interpretation (2018).

“Yahweh as Maternal Vampire in Second Isaiah: Reading Gender and Prophecy with Luce Irigaray.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol. 33, No. 1
(Spring 2017).

“‘Hear and Give Ear!’: The Soundscape of Jeremiah,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Vol. 40, No. 4 (2016).

“No Child Left Behind: Reading Jephthah’s Daughter with The Babylon Complex.” The Bible & Critical Theory, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015).

“Masculinity, Materiality, and the Body of Moses,” Biblical Interpretation, Vol. 23, No. 3 (2015).


Are We Not Men? Unstable Masculinity in the Hebrew Prophets (Oxford, 2016).


Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
M.A. University of California at Berkeley
B.A. Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa)