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Biographical Information

Annette Schellenberg is Associate Professor of Old Testament at San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) and a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)

Her research interests include Old Testament anthropology (reflections on humans and humanity); wisdom literature; Song of Songs; interrelations between the Old Testament world and the cultures and religions of its broader Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian context; reception history of Old Testament texts; Old Testament controversies on theological questions.

She is the author of Erkenntnis als Problem: Qohelet und die alttestamentliche Diskussion um das menschliche Erkennen (OBO 188), Freiburg/Göttingen: Universitätsverlag/Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2002; Der Mensch, das Bild Gottes? Zum Gedanken einer Sonderstellung des Menschen im Alten Testament und in weiteren altorientalischen Quellen (AThANT 101), Zürich: TVZ 2011; Kohelet (Zürcher Bibelkommentare), Zürich: TVZ 2013.


Teaching Philosophy

To guide students in the process of learning to discern the richness of Biblical literature is one of the most noble and rewarding tasks of theological scholarship. The Old Testament encompasses many different theological traditions that disagree with respect to many questions, but nonetheless are in a constant dialogue. To investigate these different “voices” and the way they interact with each other is a challenging task – from a historical perspective as well as from a theological perspective. In my own research I attempt to combine both the historical and the theological dimension of Old Testament scholarship; thus, I interface historical, philological, literary and comparative methods, in addition to theological questions. Accordingly, one of the primary goals of my teaching is to enable students to approach and deal with the Old Testament without neglecting neither its historical nature nor its theological significance.