Deena Elana Grant, PhD

Deena Elana Grant, PhD

Associate Prof of Theology, Hebrew Scriptures


Deena Grant is associate professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Barry University. She received her BA from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies and her PhD from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies, with a focus on the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern setting. She also studied at Drisha's Institute for Jewish Education in Manhattan, Hebrew University's Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem and Midreshet Lindenbaum Yeshiva of Talmudic Study in Jerusalem. Dr. Grant previously taught at Hofstra University and Drisha's Institute for Jewish Education. She received the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture International Doctoral Scholarship for Studies Specializing in Jewish Fields as well as the Dorot Award at the 37th Annual Conference for the Association of Jewish Studies. Dr. Grant's primary interest lies in the field of biblical and Israelite religion.


  • Divine Anger in the Hebrew Bible, CBQMS 52; Washington DC: CBA, 2014.
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  • "Fire and the Body of Yhwh," Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 40/2 (2015) 1-23
  • "Human Anger in Biblical Literature," Revue Biblique 118 (2011) 339-61.
  • "Reinterpretation in Hymn to the Creator," TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism 16 (2011) 1-10.
  • "Wrath of God," The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Vol. 5. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2011) 932-37.
  • "Ancient Near Eastern Deluge Myths," World History Encyclopedia Classical Traditions, 1000 BCE-300 CE (Edited by Kevin McGeough. Vol. 5. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2011).
  • "A Brief Discussion of the Difference between Human and Divine HMH," Biblica 91 (2010) 418-24.


  • Review of Corrine L. Carvalho ed., Pastoral Essays in Honor of Lawrence Boadt, CSP: Reading the Old Testament. Review of Biblical Literature.August (2015).
  • Review of Eun-Woo Lee, Crossing the Jordan: Diachrony versus Synchrony in the Book of Joshua.Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 76 (2014) 531.
  • Review of Peter Altmann, Festive Meals in Ancient Israel: Deuteronomy's Identity Politics in Their Ancient Near Eastern Context. Catholic Biblical Quarterly. 75 (2013) 336-38.

Popular Publications

  • "Parshat Haazinu - God's Fiery Flaming Anger," Project TABS, Torah and Biblical Scholarship.
  • "What was the Golden Calf?: Exodus Versus Deuteronomy," Project TABS, Torah and Biblical Scholarship.
  • "The Absence of Punishment in Deuteronomy's Account of the Golden Calf," Project TABS (Torah and Biblical Scholarship, July 27, 2013)
  • "The Rise of the Israelite Monarchy: 1-2 Samuel," Bible Today 51/4 (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2013) 219-224.
  • "The Eternal Flame," Vehigadet Livitekh (New York: JOFA, 2006).

Academic Presentations

  • "The Difference between Human and Divine Anger in Prophetic Literature," at the National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature Conference in Baltimore, November, 22-26, 2013.
  • "Covenant Kinship and Anger in Deuteronomy," at the 75th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association at Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, July 29-31, 2012.
  • "Divine Anger as a Weapon of War in Israel's Early Poetry," at the 74th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association at Assumption College, Worcester MA, August 6-9, 2011.
  • "Divine Anger as Fire in Israel's Early Poetry and in Judahite Prophetic Literature," at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion of the Society of Biblical Literature, Louisville, KY, March 4-6, 2011.
  • "The Moon and Monotheism," Living the Lunar Calendar: Time Text and Tradition, 30th January- 1st February 2010, Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem (in collaboration with University of Haifa, Hebrew University and the CAENO Foundation).
  • "Shifting Grammar in the Bible's Representation of Human and Divine Anger" Anger," at the 41st Annual Conference for the Association of Jewish Studies, December 2009.
  • "Human Anger in Biblical Literature," National Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, California, November 2007.
  • "Human Anger in Biblical Literature," NYU-Notre Dame Conference on Jewish and Christian Scholars on the Study of Judaism and Christianity, New York University, June 2007.
  • "Reinterpreting Scripture in a Hymn from Qumran (11QPsa)," at the 37th Annual Conference for the Association for Jewish Studies, December 2005.

Deena Grant's CV