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
310.206.6456 - 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

ANE 135: Ancient Israelite Religion

JSt 170:  Dead Sea Scrolls & Early Judaism

JSt M150A: Bible and Apocrypha

ANE 10W:  Jerusalem, the Holy City

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
Editorial Board, Tel Aviv, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Books

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


  • A Social History of Hebrew: From Its Origins Through the Rabbinic Period, Yale University Press, forthcoming.

     

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

A Primer on Ugaritic
  • 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
  • “The Siloam Tunnel Inscription: Historical and Linguistic Perspectives,” co-authored with Gary Rendsburg, Israel Exploration Journal 60 (2010), pp. 188-203.
  • Scribal Culture and the Making of the Hebrew Bible, by Karel van der Toorn (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007), reviewed in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 10 (2010).
http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/JHS/reviews/reviews_new/review455.htm
  • “Calling God Names:  an Inner-biblical approach to the Tetragrammaton,” in Scriptural Exegesis (2009), pp. 74-86.
  • “Excavating the Text of 1 Kings 9:  In Search of the Gates of Solomon,” in Historical Biblical Archaeology and the Future: the New Pragmatism, edited by T. Levy (Equinox, 2010), pp. 245-53.
  •  “La thèse d’une écriture à l’époque royale,” in Le Monde de la Bible (2006), pp. 22-27.  Republished in Aux origines de la Bible (Paris: Bayard, 2007), pp. 25-33.
  • “The Way of the Word: Textualization in Isaiah 55:6–11,” in Bringing the Hidden to Light: The Process of Interpretation. Studies in Honor of Stephen A. Geller (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2007), pp. 237-48.
  •  “The Textualization of Torah in Jeremiah 8:8,” in Was ist ein Text?  Edited by L. Morenz and S. Schorch. BZAW, 362. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007.
  • “Prolegomena for the Sociolinguistics of Classical Hebrew,” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 (2005), [see www.jhsonline.org, ISSN 1203-1542]
  • “Aramaic, the Death of Written Hebrew, and Language Shift in the Persian Period,” in Margins of Writing: Origins of Cultures (S. Sanders, ed.; Oriental Institute Seminars 2; Chicago, 2006), pp. 135-152.
  • “In Search of Gibeah and Proper Method in Historical Geography,” in "I Will Speak the Riddles of Ancient Times":  Archaelogical and Historical Studies in Honor of Amihai Mazar on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2006), pp. 711-22.
  • "Prolegomena for the Sociolinguistics of Classical Hebrew," Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 5 (2004), Article 6. (.pdf)

  • "Explaining God’s 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 Hazael’s 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 für 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)

  • W.M. Schniedewind, "Prophets and Prophecy in the Books of Chronicles, The Chronicler as Historian, (eds. M.P. Graham et al. (JSOTSup. 238; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic 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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