Dr. Kristine Garroway Appointed Associate Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Kristine GarrowayDr. Kristine Garroway has been appointed Associate Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Garroway started her teaching career at HUC-JIR as an adjunct faculty member in July 2009 and then as Visiting Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible starting in July 2011.

Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D., Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost, stated, “Dr. Kristine Garroway, a distinguished alumna of HUC-JIR’s Pines School of Graduate Studies, is a talented teacher, award-winning scholar, and a leader in her field of Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East who is credited with helping to spearhead a new subfield of childist biblical interpretation. Because she not only teaches on the Skirball campus in Los Angeles, but in the EMA program and other online courses, students across the College-Institute have benefited from studying with Dr. Garroway, who now carries the well-deserved title of Associate Professor of Bible.”

Dr. Joshua Holo, Dean of the Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, added, “The Skirball Campus has long enjoyed the benefits of Professor Kristine Garroway’s outstanding teaching and groundbreaking scholarship. Her promotion represents the very best of HUC’s unchanging ambition to bring the finest scholars and pedagogues to the education of future Jewish leaders, who will translate our ancient civilization into meaningful perspectives for our modern lives.”

Dr. Garroway earned her B.A. in Biblical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies in 1998 and M.A. in Biblical Archaeology in 2001 from Wheaton College. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Cognate Studies from HUC-JIR’s Pines School for Graduate Studies, completing her doctorate in 2009. Her research focuses on children in the ancient world, using evidence from archaeology and texts from the Bible and other ancient Near Eastern sources. In her own words, her work also explores “how gender is developed and replicated through material culture and texts, and how gender affects the experience of a child in different social institutions.”

Dr. Garroway has published two books, Children in the Ancient Near Eastern Household (Eisenbrauns, 2014) and Growing Up in Ancient Israel: Children in Material Culture and Biblical Texts (Society of Biblical Literature, 2018). Her second book received the Biblical Archaeological Society’s 2019 Publication Award for Best Book Relating to Hebrew Bible. Her third book, provisionally entitled The Cult of the Child: the Death and Burial of Children in Ancient Israel, is under contract at Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Garroway has published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous other articles. She co-edited a special issue of the journal Biblical Interpretation entitled, “Children in the Bible and Childist Interpretation,” and she co-edited a book, Children and Methods: Listening To and Learning From Children in the Biblical World. She is in the process of editing several forthcoming books and special issues, including a festschrift for her former teacher and colleague, HUC-JIR professor emerita Dr. Nili Fox.

Dr. Garroway has held multiple leadership roles within the Society of Biblical Literature, including serving as co-chair of the Children in the Biblical World program unit and co-chair of the Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology program unit. In the American Society of Overseas Research, she is co-chair for the Biblical Texts in Cultural Context program unit. She also serves on the editorial board of Avar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Life and Society in the Ancient Near East.