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William M. Schniedewind
Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Professor of Biblical Studies & Northwest Semitic Languages

Office: 380 Humanities
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1511
310.206.2405 - phone
310.206.6456 - fax
williams@humnet.ucla.edu
     Curriculum Vita

EDUCATION
Ph.D., M.A., Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (Waltham, MA). Dissertation, "Prophets, Prophecy, and Inspiration: A Study of Prophecy in the Book of Chronicles," advisors Marc Brettler and Michael Fishbane. 1986 - 1992.

M.A., Historical Geography of Ancient Israel, Jerusalem University College (Jerusalem, Israel). M. A. Thesis, "Building Terms and Source Citations in the Books of Kings and Chronicles," advisor Anson F. Rainey. 1984 - 1986.

B. A., Religion, George Fox University (Newberg, OR). B.A. Honors Thesis, "Sacramental and Ecclesiastical Theology in the Pre-Augustinian Church." 1980 - 1984.

UCLA UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
JSt/Hist M191A: Ancient Jewish History from Patriarchs to Rabbis
Heb 120: Biblical Texts
JSt M150A: Bible and Apocrypha

UCLA GRADUATE SEMINARS
8th Century Judah
Innerbiblical Interpretation
History of the Hebrew Language
Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
Ugaritic
Textual Criticism: The Book of Genesis
Book of Exodus
Book of Deuteronomy
Book of Samuel
Book of Isaiah
Book of Amos
Book of Psalms
Book of Chronicles
Dead Sea Scrolls: Temple Scroll
Dead Sea Scrolls: Damascus Document
Dead Sea Scrolls: Pesher Literature
Dead Sea Scrolls: Qumran Liturgy

TEACHING AND RESEARCH AREAS
Specialization: Hebrew Bible, Northwest Semitics, Second Temple Judaism
Competence: Archaeology, Ancient Near East, Early Christianity
Current Research Interests: Social and Cultural History of Ancient Palestine, Inner-biblical and Early Jewish Interpretation, Sociolinguistics of Hebrew Language

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Steering Committee, Center for the Study of Religion, UCLA
Steering Committee, Center for Jewish Studies, UCLA
Network editor, Dead Sea Scrolls & Second Temple Judaism, Religious Studies Review
Program Committee, Hebrew Bible, History, and Archaeology Section,
Society of Biblical Literature

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel, Cambridge University Press, 2004.



  • A Primer for Ugarit: Language, Culture, and Literature, co-authored with Joel Hunt, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

  • Society and the Promise to David: A Reception History of 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Oxford University Press, 1999. (Buy)

  • The Word of God in Transition: From Prophet to Exegete in the Second Temple Period (JSOTSS, 197. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1995). (Buy) (Read JBL Review)

Articles

  • "Prolegomena for the Sociolinguistics of Classical Hebrew," Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 (2004), Article 6. (.pdf)

  • "Explaining Godís Name in Exodus 3," Congress Volume of the IOSOT Meeting, Basel 2001 (eds. Matthias Augustin and Hermann Michael Niemann), (Bern: Peter Lang, 2004). (.pdf)

  • "The Evolution of Name Theology," in The Chronicler as Theologian: Essays in Honor of Ralph Klein (eds. M. Graham, S. McKenzie, G. Knoppers) (London/New York: Continuum, 2003). (.pdf)

  • "Jerusalem, the Late Judahite Monarchy, and the Composition of the Biblical Texts," in Jerusalem in Bible and Archaeology: The First Temple Period, edited by Andrew G. Vaughn and Ann E. Killebrew (Atlanta: Scholars, 2003), pp. 375-393. (.pdf)

  • "A Possible Reconstruction of the Name of Hazaelís Father in the Tel Dan Inscription," (co-authored with Bruce Zuckerman), Israel Exploration Journal 51 (2001), pp. 88-91.

  • "Linguistic Ideology in Qumran Hebrew," Symposium Volume of the Beersheva Conference on the Language of the Dead Sea Scrolls (November 1998), (Leiden, Brill, 2000), pp. 245-255. (.pdf)

  • "Sociolinguistic Reflections on the Letter of a 'Literate' Soldier (Lachish 3)," Zeitschrift fŁr Althbraistik 13 (2000), pp. 157-167. (.pdf)

  • "Orality and Literacy in Ancient Israel," Religious Studies Review 26/4 (2000), pp. 327-332. (.pdf)

  • "The Chronicler as an Interpreter of Scripture," in Chronicles as Literature (eds. Pat Graham and Steven McKenzie; Sheffield: JSOT, 1999), pp. 158-180. (.pdf)

  • "Qumran Hebrew as an Antilanguage," Journal of Biblical Literature 118 (1999), pp. 235-252. (.pdf)

  • "The Geopolitical History of Philistine Gath," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 309 (1998), pp. 69-77. (.pdf)

  • "Structural Aspects of Qumran Messianism in the Damascus Document," in The Provo International Conference on the Dead Sea Scrolls New Text, Reformulated Issues, and Technological Innovations (Leiden: Brill, 1998), pp. 523-536. (.pdf)

  • "The Dialect of the Elisha-Elijah Narratives: A Case Study in Northern Hebrew," co-authored with Daniel Sivan, Jewish Quarterly Review 137 (1997), pp. 303-337. (.pdf)

  • "Prophets in the Chronicler's History Work," in Chronicles and the History of Israel (eds. M. Patrick Graham, and Kenneth G. Hoglund; JSOTSS, 238; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1997), pp. 204 - 224.

  • "The Tel Dan Stele: New Light on Aramaic and Jehu's Revolt," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 302 (1996), pp. 75-90. (.pdf) (view drawing of Tel Dan Stele)

  • "A Qumran Fragment of the Ancient 'Prayer of Manasseh'?" Zeitschrift für die alttestamentlische Wissenschaft 108 (1996), pp. 105-7.

  • "The Problem with Kings: Recent Study of the Deuteronomistic History," Religious Studies Review 22,1 (1996), pp. 22-27. (.pdf)

  • "Are We His People or Not? Biblical Interpretation During Crisis," Biblica 76 (1995), pp. 540-550. (.pdf)

  • "Textual Criticism and Theological Interpretation: a pro-Temple Tendenz in the Greek Text of Samuel-Kings," Harvard Theological Review 87 (1994), pp. 107-116.

  • "History or Homily: Toward Understanding the Chronicler's Purpose," in Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies: Division A: The Bible and Its World. Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 1994, pp. 91-97.

  • "King and Priest in the Book of Chronicles and the Duality of Qumran Messianism," Journal of Jewish Studies 94 (1994), pp. 71-78. (.pdf)

  • "History and Interpretation: The Religion of Ahab and Manasseh in the Book of Kings," Catholic Biblical Quarterly 55 (1993), pp. 640-661.

  • "Letting Your 'Yes' be 'No' in Ancient Israel: A Study of the Asseverative l' and hl' in Hebrew," co-authored with Daniel Sivan, Journal of Semitic Studies 38 (1993), pp. 209-226. (.pdf)

  • "The Source Citations of Manasseh: King Manasseh in History and Homily," Vetus Testamentum 91 (1991), pp. 450-61.

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