William Schniedewind is a Professor of Biblical Studies at UCLA. He was the Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA and held the Kershaw Endowed Term Chair of Ancient Eastern Mediterranean Studies. He has a Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Near East from Brandeis University (1992). He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Hebrew University and a Research Fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He is the author of six books, including How the Bible Became a Book (Cambridge, 1994) and A Social History of Hebrew (Yale, 2013).
Bible & Archaeology Fest XXI, November 16 – 18, 2018
The History of the “Prophet” in Light of the New Isaiah Seal Impression
This talk discusses the significance of recently published seal impression of Isaiah that seems to give his title as “prophet.” But the seal impression is broken, and the reconstruction is debated. The reconstruction is also a window into the history of the prophetic office, government bureaucracy, and the writing of the Bible.