Helen H. P. Manson Professor of Bible
Pardee 332
(610) 330-5181
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Other Titles

  • Co-Chair of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies Program


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago

Research interests: religion and literature; reception history of the Bible; philosophy of religion; comparative religion; history of Christianity

Selected Publications:

Religion and Literature: History and Method. Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and the Arts, vol. 3. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Kierkegaard, Literature, and the Arts. (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2017)

The Bible in Folklore Worldwide, 2 vols. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2017). Vol. 1: A Handbook of Biblical Reception in Jewish, European Christian, and Islamic Folklores (2017); vol. 2A Handbook of Biblical Reception in the Folklores of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas (2024)

The Literary Kierkegaard (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2011)

 Literature, Religion, and East/West Comparison: Essays in Honor of Anthony C. Yu (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2005)

Evil Children in Religion, Literature, and Art (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave, 2001)

A Museum of Faiths: Histories and Legacies of the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions (Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1993; now Oxford: Oxford University Press)

The Sanctification of Don Quixote: From Hidalgo to Priest (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991)

Click here for more publications on Professor Ziolkowski’s Academia.edu site

Co-editor, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2009-; prospective 30 volumes; 20 volumes published to date.)

Co-editor, Studies in Religion and the Arts (Leiden: Brill, 2009-)

Honors: Jones Faculty Lecture Award; Jones Award for Superior Teaching and Excellence of Scholarship; Mary Louise Van Artsdalen Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement; Ilan Peleg Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring