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

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. In June 2014 I was co-chair with Dr. Marie-Theres Wacker for an International Research Colloquium held in Münster, “Early Jewish Writings in Context: Perspectives on Gender and Reception History,” to be published as a volume in The Bible and Women · An Encyclopaedia of Exegesis and Cultural History.


  • 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

  • Early Jewish Writings / Frühjüdische Schriften. Edited with Marie-Theres Wacker. The Bible and Women: An Encyclopaedia of Exegesis and Cultural History Series. SBL Press/Kohlhammer, at press for summer 2017.



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