William M. Schniedewind (born 1965, New York City) is the chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, the Kershaw Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies, and Professor of Biblical Studies and Northwest Semitic Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles.
He has a B.A. in Religion from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, an M.A. in Historical Geography of Ancient Israel, from Jerusalem University College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, from Brandeis University.
Schniedewind serves on the steering committees for both the Center for the Study of Religion and the Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA. He serves as network editor for the Dead Sea Scrolls & Second Temple Judaism section of Religious Studies Review. He serves on the editorial board for the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Tel Aviv. He is a trustee and the secretary of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research.
An article in The Christian Century refers to Schniedewind as having demonstrated in his book How the Bible Became a Book his knowledge of the archaeology of ancient Israel, the history of the Hebrew language, and the development of historical literature based on the Bible.
Schniedewind was the director of the Qumran Visualization Project (QVP), which created a virtual reality model of ancient Qumran under the auspices of UCLA's Experiential Technologies Center (which also has notable projects for 2nd Temple Jerusalem, Islamic Jerusalem, and Ancient Rome).
Schniedewind has participated in excavations and surveys in Israel, including Tell es-Safi, Wadi Qumran, Har Tuv, and Tel Batash, and is currently the Associate Director of UCLA's Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project.
- A Primer on Ugaritic: Language, Culture, and Literature (with Joel Hunt) (Cambridge, 2007), ISBN 978-0-521-87933-0
- How the Bible Became a Book: The Textualization of Ancient Israel (Cambridge, 2004), ISBN 0-521-82946-1
- Society and the Promise to David: A Reception History of 2 Samuel 7:1-17 (Oxford, 1999), ISBN 0-19-512680-7
- The Word of God in Transition: From Prophet to Exegete in the Second Temple Period (Sheffield, 1995), ISBN 1-85075-550-7
- Directory of American Scholars: Foreign languages, linguistics and philology (The Gale Group, 1999; ISBN 0787631647), p. 187.
- "William M. Schniedewind, Faculty Page, UCLA NELC". UCLA.
- Carr;, David The Christian Century, Vol. 121, August 24, 2004.
- "Distinguished Lecturer Series Speaker Biographies". San Diego Natural History Museum.
- "About the Staff, Qumran Visualization Project".
- UCLA "Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures". UCLA.
- "Virtual Qumran Sheds New Light on Dead Sea Scrolls Discovery Site". UCLA Undergraduate International Relations Society. June 25, 2007.
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