Richard Schultz, Ph.D.

Blanchard Professor of Old Testament
On Faculty since 1995

Office: BGC 573
Phone: (630)752-5254


Ph.D. Religious Studies: Old Testament, Yale University, 1989 Dissertation: "Prophecy and Quotation: A Methodological Study"

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

M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1977

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

About Richard Schultz

While preparing for overseas ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a course entitled "Hebrew Exegesis of the Prophets" 'lit my fire,' and the Old Testament has been my academic passion ever since! In God's providence, my college German major also helped to equip me for a decade of teaching at the Freie Theologische Akademie in Giessen, Germany, where we experienced the dramatic political changes in Eastern Europe firsthand. Four of my former FTA students now serve on the fulltime faculty there.

As the first holder of the Armerding Chair, my stated mission is to foster a love for the Bible and to articulate and defend Wheaton College's traditional confession regarding the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture. This mission has given direction to my course offerings, academic papers, and publications. Serving as department chair from 2002-2005 gave me a new appreciation for the significant and complex role that the Biblical and Theological Studies Department plays within the college as a whole. I consider it a privilege to teach general education and advanced major courses to both undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to serving as a PhD mentor and second reader.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 211: OT Literature and Interpretation
  • BITH 325: Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics
  • BITH 425 / 525: Biblical Theology
  • BITH 431 / 541: OT Criticism
  • BITH 449: OT Topics (Isaiah, Judges, Proverbs)
  • BITH 566: Foundations for Biblical Interpretation
  • BITH 635: Hebrew Exegesis (Ecclesiastes, Isaiah)
  • BITH 638: OT Theology

Membership in Professional Societies

  • 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

Papers Published and/or Presented

“The King in the Book of Isaiah” in P.E. Satterthwaite, R.S. Hess and G.J. Wenham, eds. The Lord's Anointed. Interpretation of Old Testament Messianic Texts (Grand Rapids / Carlisle: Baker / Paternoster: 1995) 141-65

“‘Und sie verkünden meine Herrlichkeit unter den Nationen.’ Mission im Alten Testament unter besonderer Berücksichtigung von Jesaja” in H. Kasdorf, ed. Werdet meine Zeugen! Weltmission im Horizont von Theologie und Geschichte (Neuhausen-Stuttgart: Hänssler: 1996) 33-53

“Unity or Diversity in Wisdom Theology? A Canonical and Covenantal Perspective” Tyndale Bulletin 48.2 (1997) 271-306

“Integrating Old Testament Theology and Exegesis: Literary, Thematic, and Canonical Issues” in W.A. VanGemeren, ed. A Guide to Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1999) 182-202

“Responsible Hermeneutics for Wisdom Literature” in M.R. McMinn and T. R. Phillips, eds. Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology and Theology (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2001) 254-75

The Search for Quotation: Verbal Parallels in the Prophets, JSOTS 180 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999)

“Die sogenannten Widersprüche im Alten Testament” in S. Holthaus and K.-H. Vanheiden, eds., Die Unfehlbarkeit und Irrtumslosigkeit der Bibel (Hammerbrücke, GERMANY: Bibelbund Verlag, 2001) 101-26

“What is 'Canonical' about a Canonical Biblical Theology? Genesis as a Case Study of Recent OT Proposals” in S. Hafemann, ed., Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2002) 83-99

“The Ties that Bind: Intertextuality, The Identification of Verbal Parallels, and Reading Strategies" in P.L. Redditt and A. Schart, eds. Thematic Threads in the Book of the Twelve (BZAW 325; Berlin / New York: de Gruyter, 2003) 27-45

"Praying Jabez’s Prayer: Turning an Obscure Biblical Narrative into an Miracle-Working Mantra" Trinity Journal 24.1 (2003) 113-19

“How many ‘Isaiahs’ were there and what does it matter? Prophetic Inspiration in Recent Evangelical Scholarship” in V. Bacote, L. Miguelez, and D. Okholm, eds. Scripture in the Evangelical Tradition: Tradition, Authority, and Hermeneutics (Downer’s Grove: IVP, 2004) 150-70

New Living Translation (Wheaton: Tyndale House: 2nd ed. 2004) - translation team for Proverbs

The Holman Christian Standard Bible (Nashville: Holman, 2004) - translator and annotator for Isaiah 1-10

"A Sense of Timing: A Neglected Aspect of Qoheleth's Wisdom" in R.L. Troxel, K.G. Friebel, and D.R. Magary, eds. Seeking Out the Wisdom of the Ancients: Essays Offered to Honor Michael V. Fox on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2005) 257-67.

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