Brian Schultz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies
Seminary House, Room 209
559-453-7107
brian.schultz@fresno.edu

Education

Ph.D., Jewish Studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel, 2007
M.A., Ancient History of Syro-Palestine, Jerusalem University College, Israel, 2000
B.A., Biblical Studies, Briercrest Bible College, Canada, 1990

Scholarly Interests

Understanding the historical, social, and religious context out of which the biblical texts came.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature

Publications and Presentations

Books:

  • Conquering the World: The War Scroll (1Qm) Reconsidered (Studies in the Texts of the Desert of Judah 76), published by Brill, March 2009, part of the series Studies on the Texts of the Desert of Judah (vol. 76) by Brill Academic Publishers

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • "Compositional Layers in the War Scroll (1QM)," in Qumran Cave 1 Revisited, edited by Daniel Falk, Sarianna Metso and Eibert Tigchelaar, published by Brill, forthcoming
  • "The Kittim of Assyria," in Revue de Qumran, 2007
  • "Jesus as Archelaus in the Parable of the Pounds (Lk. 19:11-27)," in Novum Testamentum, 2007
  • "The Qumran Cemetery: 150 Years of Research," in Dead Sea Discoveries, 2006
  • "The Archaeological Heritage of the Jerusalem Protestant Cemetery on Mount Zion," in Palestine Exploration Quarterly, 2004
  • "New Data about the Cemetery in Qumran," with Magen Broshi, Hanan Eshel and Richard Freund, in Dead Sea Discoveries, 2002

Commissioned articles:

  • "The War Scroll (1QM, 4Q491-4Q497)," in Early Jewish Literature: An Introduction and Reader, edited by Ron Herms and Brad Embry, forthcoming
  • "The War Scroll--the Literary Aspect," in The Qumran Scrolls and Their World, Vol. 1, edited by Menahem Kister et al., published by Yad Ben-Zvi (Hebrew), 2009
  • "Who lived at Qumran?" in Biblical Archaeological Review, 2007
  • "Dead Sea Scrolls Spotlight--The War Scroll," in Biblical Archaeological Review, 2007
  • "Roman Period," in The Sacred Bridge--Carta's Atlas of the Biblical World, by Anson F. Rainey and R. Stephen Notley, published by Carta, 2006
  • "The Urban Revolution of the Levant after Alexander the Great," in The Sacred Bridge--Carta's Atlas of the Biblical World, edited by Anson F. Rainey and R. Stephen Notley, published by Carta, 2006

Book reviews:

  • Review of Le Rouleau de cuivre de la grotte 3 de Qumran (3Q15): ExpertiseóRestaurationóEpigraphie, by Jean-Michel Poffet, Daniel Brizemeure, Noól Lacoudre and ómile Puech, at Review of Biblical Literature (www.bookreviews.org), 2008

Presentations:

  • "From 'Edah to Yahad to 'Edah" presented at SBL's Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, November 24, 2008
  • Interviewed for Jesus: The Missing History, a Discovery Channel documentary broadcast March 2008
  • 31/03/08 "Self Identification of the Qumran Sect" presented at the Southwest Pacific Regional SBL Meeting in Pasadena, California, March 31, 2008
  • "Numbers 24:24--An Ever-Evolving Oracle" presented at SBL's Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, November 19, 2007
  • "Compositional Layers in the War Scroll (1QM)" at the Sixth Meeting of the International Organization for Qumran Studies in Ljubljana, Slovania, July 17, 2007
  • "The War Scroll, the 'Kittim of Asshur,' and Numbers 24:15-24" at SBL's Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., November 20, 2006
  • "'Levi and Judah and Benjamin' (1QM 1:2)--Sons of Light or Sons of Darkness?" at the SBL International Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, July 5, 2006
  • "The Road to Jericho and the Historical Jesus" at SBL's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 21, 2005
  • "New Data and Reflections concerning the Qumran Cemetery" at ASOR's Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, November 21, 2003

Recommended Resources

Other Information

I have lived in Europe, Asia and North America. I have been a tree-planter, a grain bin builder, a children's camp director, a pastor, a tour guide, an archaeologist and more; but what motivates me most is understanding the Bible better, especially when read in the original languages and in the light of other contemporaneous literature.

Read about Brian Schultz's Hebrew course and learn about the Israel study tour he is leading this summer.