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Richard Schultz, Ph.D.

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament

On Faculty since 1995
BGH 573


While preparing for overseas ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a course entitled "Hebrew Exegesis of the Prophets" got Richard Schultz excited about the Old Testament, and it has been his academic passion ever since! In God's providence, his German major in college helped equip him for a decade of teaching at the Freie Theologische Hochschule in Giessen, Germany, where he experienced the dramatic political changes in Eastern Europe firsthand.

As the first holder of the Armerding Chair from 1995–2012, his stated mission was to foster a love for the Bible and to articulate and defend Wheaton College's doctrinal affirmation of the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture, giving direction to his course offerings, academic papers, and publications. Serving as department chair from 2002–2005 gave him a new appreciation for the significant and complex role that the Biblical and Theological Studies Department plays within the college as a whole. He was named the Blanchard Professor of Old Testament in the Graduate School in 2012 and considers it a privilege to teach advanced major courses to both undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to serving as a Ph.D. mentor and second reader.

Yale University
Ph.D., Religious Studies - Old Testament, 1989

Yale University
M.A., Religious Studies - Old Testament, 1980

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
M.Div., 1977

Michigan State University
B.A., English and German, 1973

  • Biblical Theology
  • Biblical Criticism
  • Inerrancy
  • Old Testament
  • Biblical Interpretation
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute for Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • The evangelical doctrine of Scripture and related issues (i.e., inerrancy, biblical criticism, popular hermeneutics)
  • The contribution of OT wisdom literature to faith and learning integration
  • Evangelical appropriations of contemporary methods of OT criticism
  • The compositional and thematic unity of the book of Isaiah
  • OT Topics (Ecclesiastes, Isaiah) (BITH 349)
  • OT Criticism (BITH 431/541)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah) (BITH 443/635)
  • OT Hermeneutics (BITH 542)
  • Foundations for Biblical Interpretation (BITH 566)
  • OT Theology (BITH 638)
  • Seminar: Topics in Biblical Theology (Isaiah and Intertextuality, Wisdom Theology) (BITH 882)
  • Seminar: Biblical/Theological Integration (BITH 884)
Isaianic Intertextuality and Intratextuality as Composition-Historical Indicators: Methodological Challenges in Determining Literary Influence “Bind up the Testimony”: Explorations in the Genesis of the Book of Isaiah. Peabody, MS: Hendrickson. 33–63. Daniel I. Block and Richard L. Schultz, eds. 2015
Qoheleth and Isaiah in Dialogue Reading Ecclesiastes Intertextually. LHB/OTS 574; London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 57–70. Katherine Dell and Will Kynes, Jr., eds. 2014
Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible Grand Rapids: BakerBooks. 2012
Isaiah, Isaiahs, and Current Scholarship Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture. J. K. Hoffmeier and D. R. Magary, eds. Wheaton: Crossway. 243–61. 2012
Theological Diversity in the Old Testament as a Divine Gift? Problems and Perspectives in the Current Debate Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Authority of Scripture: Historical and Biblical Perspectives. C. R. Bovell, ed. Eugene, OR: Pickwick/Wipf and Stock, 133–63. 2011
Nationalism and Universalism in Isaiah Interpreting Isaiah: Issues and Approaches. H. G. M. Williamson and D. L. Firth, eds. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. 122–44, 2009
How many ‘Isaiahs’ were there and what does it matter? Prophetic Inspiration in Recent Evangelical Scholarship Scripture in the Evangelical Tradition: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics. Richard Schultz. 2004
Praying Jabez’s Prayer: Turning an Obscure Biblical Narrative into an Miracle-Working Mantra Trinity Journal. Richard Schultz. 2003
The Ties that Bind: Intertextuality, The Identification of Verbal Parallels, and Reading Strategies Thematic Threads in the Book of the Twelve. Richard Schultz. 2003
What is 'Canonical' about a Canonical Biblical Theology? Genesis as a Case Study of Recent OT Proposals Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect. Richard Schultz. 2002
Unity or Diversity in Wisdom Theology? A Canonical and Covenantal Perspective Tyndale Bulletin 48. 1997