Lecturer Classics & Religious Studies

Dr. Lucas Schulte is a religion scholar specializing in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. His professional interests include Judah in the Persian Period, the relation between texts and archaeology for histories of Israel, textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, the texts and community of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and apocalyptic literature in Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity. He has a B.A. in Comparative Religious Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, an M.A.R. (Master of Arts in Religion) in Bible from Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. His first book, My Shepherd, though You Do not Know Me: The Persian Royal Propaganda Model in the Nehemiah Memoir, was published in March 2016 by Peeters Publishers. This book discusses the editing history of the biblical book of Nehemiah through first examining ancient Persian-period inscriptions from Babylonia and Egypt. These inscriptions reveal a propaganda model in which Persian kings present themselves as supported by the local deities and as heirs to the local dynasties. Challenging a recent trend attributing religious references to later Hellenistic redactions, the book argues that references in the book of Nehemiah to divine authorization of the Persian king, Artaxerxes, akin to the royal propaganda model in Persian-period texts from Babylon and Egypt most likely date to the Persian-period Nehemiah Memoir due to a shared literary context. Dr. Schulte has also gained archaeological field experience from excavating for three seasons in Israel: two at Ramat Raḥel (between Jerusalem and Bethlehem), and one at Tel Akko (near Acre). His current courses include HEBR 101 Biblical Hebrew; RELG 108 World Religions; RELG 150 Explaining Religion; RELG 205 Intro to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament; RELG 217 Israel the Holy Land; RELG 331 Ancient Israel; and RELG 406 Second Temple Judaism.