John Screnock


Research Fellow in Hebrew Bible

Co-investigator, Critical Editions of the Hebrew Bible


Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute




Research Interests:

Hebrew Bible, Psalms, Ancient Hebrew, Dead Sea Scrolls, Septuagint


Classes Taught:

Dead Sea Scrolls, Esther, Psalms, Ugaritic Grammar and Texts


Current Projects:

Psalms 101–150. The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition. SBL Press.

Reading Psalms in the School of the Scribes: Using Ancient Material Evidence to Inform Modern Biblical Studies. Oxford University Press. Under contract.


Recent Publications:

“Reading Esther in the Levantine Literary Tradition.” Biblica. Forthcoming.

Carmen Palmer, Andrew Krause, John Screnock, and Eileen Schuller, eds. Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat: New Methods and Perspectives on the Dead Sea Scrolls. SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature. SBL Press. Forthcoming.

“Assessing the Character of Hebrew in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Historical Linguistics, Numeral Syntax, and the Notion of a Distinct ‘Dead Sea Scrolls’ Hebrew.” In Dead Sea Scrolls, Revise and Repeat. Forthcoming.

2019. “Some Reflections on the Old Greek of Psalm Four.” In For It Stands in Scripture: Essays in Honor of W. Edward Glenny (eds. Ardel B. Caneday et al.).

2018. “Complex Adding Numerals and Hebrew Diachrony.” Journal of Biblical Literature 137: 789–819.

2018. “Is Rewriting Translation? Chronicles and Jubilees in Light of Intralingual Translation.” Vetus Testamentum 68: 475–504.

2018. John Screnock and Jan Joosten. “Horizons in Textual Criticism: New Approaches and New Questions.” Textus 27: 157–59.

2018. “A New Approach to Using the Old Greek in Hebrew Bible Textual Criticism.” Textus 27: 229–57.

2018. “The Syntax of Cardinal Numerals in Judges, Amos, Esther, and 1QM.”  Journal of Semitic Studies 63: 125–54.

2017. Traductor Scriptor: The Old Greek Translation of Exodus 1-14 as Scribal Activity. Vetus Testamentum Supplements. Leiden/Boston: Brill.

2017. “Translation and Rewriting in the Genesis Apocryphon.” In Reading the Bible in Ancient Traditions and Modern Editions: Studies in Memory of Peter W. Flint (eds. Daniel K. Falk, Kyung S. Baek, and Andrew B. Perrin). Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.


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