Season 2: Episode 12 | Sister Eileen Schuller | The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible

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Dr. Eileen Schuller | Guest

Professor Emeritus | Department of Religious Studies
McMaster University

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Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling | Interviewer

Canadian Bible Society

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In this episode, Sister Eileen Schuller is interviewed by CBS ambassador Andrew Stirling. Dr. Schuller is a Catholic nun, one of the translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls, featured on the front page of the New York Times, learned Hebrew & Aramaic in her twenties and yet is one of the most humble and earnest teachers ever. She is nothing short of inspiring.

Sister Eileen Schuller

Sister Eileen Schuller is a professor emeritus at the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is an official editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls and has been one of Canada’s most respected Scripture scholars for the last half century since completing her doctoral studies at Harvard University.

Much of Dr. Schuller’s scholarly career has centred around the Dead Sea Scrolls—working to ensure their careful study, analysis and publication, and helping people to understand both their content and their importance in the larger field of modern Biblical study. She is one of the team of editors who helped to complete the publication of the Scrolls in the 1990s, and she regularly writes and lectures on them around the world, both for her academic colleagues and for non-specialist audiences. Much of her work has focused on non-canonical Psalms, on the Hodayot (hymns of praise) from the Scrolls, and on women in the Bible.

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Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling

Reverend Doctor Andrew Stirling was the Senior Minister of Timothy Eaton Memorial United Church in Toronto, one of Canada’s largest United Church congregations and was responsible for leadership and administration at Timothy Eaton from 1998 until his more recent retirement. Overseeing staff, providing visionary leadership, acting as the public representative of over 1,500 members and managing a dynamic and ever-evolving ministry to the city of Toronto and beyond.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a Doctor of Ministry in preaching from Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In 2008, Wycliffe College, Toronto, recognized his contribution to preaching with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.

Andrew is now also the Ambassador for the Canadian Bible Society building relationships with churches, academic institutions and individuals across Canada.

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