Faculty and Staff

Israel McGrew, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture


Dr. McGrew is an Old Testament scholar and specializes in the Book of Job. He is also especially interested in bringing Biblical Studies into a deeper dialogue with the Church's traditional, Christological readings of the Old Testament. He began studying theology and the Bible in its original languages to prepare for the ministry, and he remains focused on fostering prayer through biblical piety.

In July 2022, Dr. McGrew authored an article with Catholic Biblical Quarterly titled, "'What Is Enosh?' The Anthropological Contributions of Job 7:17–18 through Allusion and Intertextuality." He is currently writing a book on Job's parabolic dramatization of Israel's scriptural and mythological traditions titled, The Riddle of Job: Parabolic Argumentation in the Book of Job. And lastly, he has a forthcoming article with Nova et Vetera, with the title, "Divine Repentance or Pedagogy? On the Rhetoric of Divine Repentance in 1 Samuel, Exodus, and Genesis."


  • Ph.D. Biblical Studies; Marquette University, 2021
  • M.T.S. Theology; University of Notre Dame, 2014
  • B.A. History, Biblical Languages; Concordia University Irvine, 2012


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The Augustine Institute Graduate School is committed to the pursuit of wisdom in service of Catholic mission. All of our academic programs therefore seek, first, to allow students to make their own “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3), which are found in Christ and passed down in the Sacred Tradition of the Catholic Church. Second, our programs prepare students to hand these treasures on to others effectively through evangelization and catechesis.