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Patricia G. Kirkpatrick

Chair, Biblical Studies Area
Graduate Program Director, Faculty of Religious Studies


B.A. (McGill)
M.Th. (London)
D.Phil. (Oxford)
D.D. (Montreal Diocesan Theological College)

Field(s) of Specialization

Folklore Studies: Theories of Oral Composition and Transmission of Narrative; Biblical Historiography; Feminist Interpretations of OT Narrative


2008 Montreal Diocesan Theological College, D.D. (H.C.)
1985 M.I.M., Ordination Training. Ordained, Anglican Diocese of Montréal
1984 Oxford University, D.Phil., Old Testament Studies. Dissertation: The Oral Composition and Transmission of the Patriarchal Narratives
1980 London, England, M.Th. Dissertation (with distinction): The Passover in Early Jewish and Christian Writings (70CE-200CE)
1977-1978 Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Graduate courses, Jewish History
1977 McGill University, B.A. Hons., Religious Studies

Professor Kirkpatrick has spent the past 25 years teaching both in the academy and the Anglican Church here in Montreal and abroad. She has contributed to the educational formation of those pursuing academic careers in Old Testament / Hebrew Bible and those entering the ordained ministry of the Christian Church. She has pursued her research and teaching interests with an eye on both the academy and the ecclesial communities as she was asked to serve on a number of national and international theological commissions.. Her interdisciplinary interests extend to feminist and gender studies where as chair of the Women’s Studies Program, and Chair of the Board of the M.C.R.T.W. at McGill, she was instrumental in creating and maintaining several administrative programs in the area. She has also spent a number of years as a member of the Quebec Provincial Education Ministry Committee on Religious Education in the schools.

As a founding member of the Ancient Historiography Seminar of the CSBS her present interests and research in historiography follow immediately as a consequence to her initial research on the influence folklore studies had on reconstructing the history of Ancient Israel.

Research interests

Oral Narrative Composition and Transmission
Folklore Studies
Historiography in the Biblical Text
Interfaith Studies (Jewish / Christian)
Gender and the Church.


2008 Ed., vol.1, The Function of Ancient Historiography in Biblical And Cognate Studies. (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies: T&T Clark 2008).

2008 “The Jacob Narratives: From Form to Function” in The Function of Ancient Historiography in Biblical and Cognate Studies. (LHBOTS:T&T Clark 2008).

2008 Archways, editor and Graphic Designer.

2006 Oecumenisme, De la mémoire des morts à l’engagement pour la vie.

2004 (Co-authored) Éduquer à la religion à l'école : enjeux actuels et piste d'avenir. Comité des Affaires Réligieuses, Gouvernement du Quebec. (CAR)

2003 (Co-authored) Rites et Symboles religieux a l’école Défis éducatifs de la diversité. CAR

2003 (Co-authored) La Formation des maitres dans le domaine du développement personal: une crise symptomatique November 2003. (CAR)

1997 (Co-authored) The Virginia Report. (Inter-Anglican Theological and Doctrinal Commission ACC, London, England). The Lambeth Conference

1990 “Legend” and “Saga” in Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation, eds. R. Coggins & L. Houlden (SCM Press).

1988 The Old Testament and Folklore Studies (Sheffield Academic Press) (Nominated as Book of the Year, Folklore Society of Great Britain).

Contact information

Birks Building
3520 rue University, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2A7

patricia [dot] kirkpatrick [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

External Website  www.patriciagkirkpatrick.com