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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
     Curriculum Vita

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.

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

8th Century Judah
Innerbiblical Interpretation
History of the Hebrew Language
Northwest Semitic Inscriptions
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

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

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



  • 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)


  • "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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