BAS Scholars Series with William Schniedewind

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
1-2 pm ET
Who Really Wrote the Bible?
The Story of Scribal Communities

- Dr. William Schniedewind, UCLA

On March 6, 2024, join William Schniedewind for his compelling talk on the inscriptional evidence for ancient apprenticeships known as scribal “communities of practice” and explore the implications for their formation of biblical literature.


Who Really Wrote the Bible? The Story of Scribal Communities

Traditional biblical scholarship has searched for the authors of the Bible, sometimes even identifying individuals. However, evidence from inscriptions and archaeology and anthropological models indicates that literacy was acquired through apprenticeship in a variety of professions. Such apprenticeships created scribal “communities of practice,” and it was in such communities of practice that biblical literature was collected, maintained, edited, and passed on. This lecture will examine inscriptional evidence for scribal communities of practice and explore the implications for the formation of biblical literature.


William Schniedewind

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. [More Bio]


  • Full payment $10 per person
  • Final date to register March 4, 2024
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  • Recording will be available for participants to watch until June 2024


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