Jennie Grillo

Jennie Grillo

Tisch Family Associate Professor

Primary Field of Study: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


DPhil, Oxford University

Research and Training Interests

The interpretation of the Old Testament in conversation with Christian theology

Selected Publications

The Story of Israel in The Book of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory. Oxford University Press, 2012.

" 'From a Far Country': Daniel in Deutero-Isaiah’s Babylon" – Journal of Biblical Literature 136 (2017), 363-80.

"Showing Seeing in Susanna: The Virtue of the Text," Prooftexts 35 (2015), 250-70.

"Worship and idolatry in the book of Daniel through the lens of Tertullian’s De idololatria," in Nathan MacDonald and Kenneth Brown, eds., Monotheism in Late Prophetic and Early Apocalyptic Literature (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), 247-62.

"Qohelet and the Marks of Modernity: Reading Ecclesiastes with Matthew Arnold and Charles Taylor," Religions 7 (2016).


Jennie Grillo teaches courses in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Before coming to Notre Dame she taught at Duke Divinity School, UMass Amherst, Amherst College, and Harvard. She is the author of The Story of Israel in the Book of Qohelet: Ecclesiastes as Cultural Memory (Oxford University Press 2012), which won a Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award. Her current book project is a study of the Additions to Daniel in the history of interpretation, and her interests include wisdom literature, ideas of idolatry in the Old Testament, the history of the Bible as a book, and reading the Bible through its reception in art, literature, and liturgy. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the ACLS, the Louisville Institute, the National Humanities Center, and a Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography from Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. She and her husband Luca are parents to two young girls.

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