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:

"Some Oddities of Ancient Hebrew Numeral Syntax." Hebrew Studies 61. Forthcoming.

“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.


Photograph of John Screnock