William Schniedewind

A photo of William Schniedewind
E-mail: williams@humnet.ucla.edu Office: Kaplan Hall 380

Professor, Undergraduate/Graduate Advisor (NELC)

Fields of Interest: Biblical Studies, Northwest Semitic Languages


  • PhD, MA, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
  • MA, Historical Geography of Ancient Israel, Jerusalem University College
  • BA, Religion, George Fox University


William Schniedewind is Professor of Biblical Studies and Northwest Semitic Languages. He was the inaugural holder of the Kershaw Term Chair in Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies, and he served as the NELC Department Chair for many years. His books and articles cover a wide range of topics relating to biblical studies, Dead Sea Scrolls, and ancient languages and inscriptions. His research and teaching combines the study of literature, language, and archaeology. At UCLA, he teaches undergraduate classes on “Introduction to Biblical Literature,” “Jerusalem, the Holy City,” “Ancient Israelite Religion,” and “Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Judaism.” His graduate seminars cover the various biblical literature and Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient inscriptions, History of the Hebrew Language, and the Ugaritic language. He has supervised over thirty dissertations for a diverse cohort of students now teaching at colleges and universities throughout the world.


Additional Books

  • Society and the Promise to David: A Reception History of 2 Samuel 7:1-17, Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • The Word of God in Transition: From Prophet to Exegete in the Second Temple Period. JSOTSS, 197. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1995.
  • Editor, The Tel El-Amarna Correspondence, Volume 1, by Anson F. Rainey. Leiden: Brill, 2015.