Judaic Studies

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John David Brolley

Title: Instructor-Educator; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office: 3506 French Hall
Tel: 513-556-6669
Email: john.brolley@uc.edu

John Brolley is an educator-instructor in the Department of Judaic Studies who specializes in Bible, demonology, creation myth, and theories of religion. He earned his B.A. in Music from Connecticut College, his M.Div. from Emory University, and his M.Phil. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. He has been teaching at UC since January of 1998.


  • MPhil, Hebrew Union College, 2002 (Hebrew and Cognate Studies).
  • MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1995 (Old Testament).

Research Information

Research Interests

Creation myth;  theory of religion; literary theory; incantations, charms, and other magic/ritual power texts.


Encyclopedia Article

  • “Synagogue,” New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible (2009).

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award, Sigma Alpha Pi/National Society of Leadership and Success, 2013.
  • Recipient, Faculty Impact Award, University of Cincinnati, 2012.
  • Recipient, Faculty Impact Award, University of Cincinnati, 2011.
  • Recipient, Marian Spencer Diversity Award, University of Cincinnati, 2010.
  • Recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member, Delta Delta Delta Sorority, 2008.
  • Recognition as Outstanding Faculty Member, Chi Omega Sorority, 2008.
  • Award Recipient, The Future of Learning: Addressing Issues of Diversity Project, University of Cincinnati, 2004.
  • Nominee, Mrs. A.B. "Dolly" Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Cincinnati, 2002.
  • Election to Theta Phi (Honor Society for Religious Studies Scholars), 1994.
  • , 2016. Recipient, Judaic Studies Department Head's Faculty Achievement Award.