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Schuller Eileen, Professor Emeritus | Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion

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Eileen Schuller

Professor Emeritus | Senator William McMaster Chair in the Study of Religion

Emeritus Faculty
Department of Religious Studies

Area(s) of Interest:


Research Interests

My research and graduate teaching have been in the area of Judaism in the Second Temple period. I have focused on (1) the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially prayer and hymnic texts, (2) the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, including topics related to women in these texts. 

Since the early 1980s, I have been involved in the edition and publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls. My contributions to the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (Oxford Press) include Non-Canonical Psalms, 4Q380 and 4Q381, DJD XI (1998); the Cave 4 Hodayot, 4Q427-432, and Hodayot-Like Texts, 4Q433, 433a, 440, DJD XIX (1999); Narrative and Psalm Work, 4Q371-373, DJD XXXVIII (2001; with Moshe Bernstein); 1QHodayota with Incorporation of 1QHodayotb and 4QHodayota-f, DJD XL (2008; with Hartmut Stegemann;). I am now working on a commentary on the Hodayot for the Hermeneia series (Augsburg Fortress).

I have been associate editor for a number of projects, including The HarperCollins Study Bible and The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, and am currently associate editor for The Paulist Biblical Commentary (forthcoming in 2018).

Along with Dr. Marie-Theres Wacker in June 2014, I co-chaired an International Research Colloquium in Münster on “Early Jewish Writings in Context: Perspectives on Gender and Reception History;” the papers are now published as Early Jewish Writings in the series The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Culture History, by Scholars Press and Kohlhammer, 2017.


  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 1984
  • University of Toronto, M.A. in Near Eastern Studies, 1973
  • University of Alberta, B.A (Honours) in Classics, 1970




  • RS 3DD3   The Jewish World in New Testament
  • RS 2EE3    The Prophets 
  • RS 2B03    Women in the Biblical Tradition 
  • RS 3R03    Death and Afterlife in Early Judaism and Christianity
  • RS 4I03     Topics in Biblical Studies: Honours Seminar


  • RS 742    The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • RS 709    Poetry and Prayer in the Dead Sea Scrolls 
  • RS 709    Aramaic Texts from the Bible and Qumran
  • RS 709    The Book of Enoch
  • RS 747    Topics in Early Jewish Literature: Women in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha



Edited Volumes



Editions of Texts

  • “4Q371-373, Narrative and Poetic Texts,” with Moshe Bernstein, in Qumran Cave 4.XXVI: Miscellaneous Texts, Part 2. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXXVIII. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001: 151-99.
  • “4QHodayot and 4QHodayot-Like, 4Q427-432, 433, 433a, 440,” in Qumran Cave 4.XX: Poetical and Liturgical Texts, Part 2. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XXIX. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999: 68-254.
  • “4Q380 and 4Q38l, Non-Canonical Psalms A and B,” in Qumran Cave 4.V1: Poetical and Liturgical Texts, Part 1. Discoveries in the Judaean Desert XI. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998: 75-172.

Journal Articles


Articles in Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Commentaries