Ryan D. Schroeder

Research Interests

  • The Hebrew Bible as ancient Near Eastern literature
  • Israelite religion/early Judaism
  • Ancient scribal culture(s)
  • Oracle-giving (“prophecy”) and other forms of divination
  • Method and theory in the study of religion
  • Scripture and religious authority


UBC Dissertation: “Come, Let Us Go to the Seer”: Oracle-Giving, Scribal Culture, and the Origins of Hebrew Scripture

Ryan D. Schroeder is currently a PhD Candidate in Religious Studies, in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at the University of British Columbia. His UBC dissertation explores the literary representations of oracle-giving (a.k.a., “prophecy”) in the Hebrew Bible and situates these within the contexts of divination, ancient Near Eastern scribal culture(s), and the historical emergence of “scripture” as a religious phenomenon. Ryan also holds an MA in Biblical Studies (Trinity Western University) and a BA in Christian Studies (Ambrose University) and currently works as a Teaching Assistant at UBC.


2018–2020: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada
2017–2019: Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. University of British Columbia
2018: Mary Louise Mussell Student Travel Fellowship. American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) in Canada
2015–2017: Doctoral Fellowship. University of British Columbia
2015: Governor General’s Academic Medal (Gold). Governor General of Canada/Trinity Western University
2015: Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada *declined to accept offer of award*


Book Reviews

2019: Book review of Seth L. Sanders, From Adapa to Enoch: Scribal Culture and Religious Vision in Judea and Babylon, Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism 167 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017). Biblical and Early Christian Studies. https://rbecs.org/2019/01/07/adapa-to-enoch/

2017: Book review of George Brooke, Reading the Dead Sea Scrolls: Essays in Method (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013). Reviewed with Martin G. Abegg, Jr. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures. http://www.jhsonline.org/reviews/reviews_new/review785.htm


2019. “Come, Let Us Go to the Seer”: Oracular Divination at Mari and in the Hebrew Bible. Religions of Israel and Judah in Their West Asian Environment unit. Annual SBL Meeting. San Diego, California. 23–26 November.

2019. “May Yhwh Reward You for Your Deeds”: Gender and Charity in the Book of Ruth. Charity in Classical Jewish Law Workshop. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel. 16–18 July.

2019. Spontaneous or Elicited? A Methodological Problem in the Study of Ancient Near Eastern Prophecy as Divination. Early Christianity, Early Judaism and the Study of Religion Seminar. Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. UBC. Vancouver, British Columbia. 1–3 June.

2018. Human Interaction at the Place of Boaz’s Feet: Uncovering Feminism in the Book of Ruth? “Competition, Conflict, Collaboration, Coexistence: The Dynamics of Human Interaction: 3rd Annual Round Table Discussion.” Dept. of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies at UBC. Vancouver, British Columbia. 19 January.

2017. “‘Make a Fence Around Torah’ (m. ʾAbot 1:1): Scriptural Authority and Religious Discourse in the Mishnah.” *Jeremias Prize (Student Essay Competition)* Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Ryerson University. Toronto, Ontario. 28 May.

2017. “Why Not Drink from the Nile?”: Historical and Ideological Perspectives on Jeremianic Egyptophobia. (**Response by Mark Leuchter.) Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. 28 May. And at the Pacific Northwest AAR&SBL. St. Mary’s University. Calgary, Alberta. 7 May.

2016. Scripture and the Religious Other: Comparative Reflections on the Abrahamic Traditions. Encountering the Other: An Inter-religious Conference. Vancouver School of Theology. Vancouver, British Columbia. 17 May.

2015. Sources and Sorcery: Revisiting the Biblical Balaam Traditions in Light of Memory and Scribal Culture. Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. University of Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario. 31 May.

2014. Unbinding the Akedah: The Knowledge and Ignorance of God and Abraham in Genesis 22. University of Lethbridge Research in Religious Studies Conference. University of Calgary. Calgary, Alberta. 8 May.