Patricia G. Kirkpatrick

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies; Chair, Biblical Studies Area

Patricia G. Kirkpatrick
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3520 University Street, Room 207
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada

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


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


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

Professor Kirkpatrick holds the Chair in Old Testament Studies. She has spent the past 36 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 served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies. She has also spent a number of years as a member of the Quebec Provincial Education Ministry Committee on Religious Education in the schools for the province of Quebec.

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.

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Literature of Ancient Israel
Women and the Christian Tradition
Ancient Historiography
Archaeology of Ancient Israel

Current research: 

Research interests

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

Selected publications: 

R “Interfaith Dialogue and the Scriptures of my Partners” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 2020.

R [In press], "Gregory Baum’s "Effervescent" Hope in the Church: Some reflections on the inclusivity of Gregory Baum’s Ecumenism for the Church of the Future." Théologiques revue interdisciplinaire d’études religieuses.

R, [In Press], Christian Theology After Christendom: Engaging thet Thought of Douglas John Hall, eds., Patricia G. Kirkaptrick, Pamela McCarroll. Lexington-Fortrss, 2020.

R [In Press], “The Memory of Divine Pathos : Heschel, Hall and the Hebrew Bible” in Theology After Christendom: Engaging the Thought of Douglas John Hall. Eds. P.G. Kirkpatrick & Pamela McCarroll, Lexington Fortress Press 2020.

« Quelques réponses anglicanes à Nostra Aetate (1966-2016) » in Juifs et chrétiens au Canada 50 ans après Nostra Ætate eds., Jean Duhaime and Gilles Routhier. les Éditions Fides, 2017.

“Biblical Studies and Orality: New Research in the Folklore Studies Complex” in Festschrift for Jean Duhaime, 2016.

“Anglican Responses to Nostra Aetate 1966 – 2016”,, 2016.

“Curse God and Die: Job’s wife and the Struggle for Job’s Transformation” in Evil and Death eds., B.Ego and U. Mittmann deGruyter, 2015.

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.

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

Archways, editor and Graphic Designer, 2008.

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

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

(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), 2003.

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

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

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

Graduate supervision: 

Thesis and pojects supervised:

Mathew Birgen, Ph.D. candidate, 2020.

Prudence Neba, Ph.D. candidate, 2019.

Shane Dussault, M.A. candidate, 2019.

James Newman, “A Tale of two kingships: Royal ideology in Pre-exilic Judah”, M.A., 2020.

Prudence Neba, “Ecumenism and interfaith Studies”, S.T.M., 2018-2019.

Robathan, Lucie, "Re-imagining strangeness and welcoming difference: Julia Kristeva, the "stranger", and the UK detention estate", M.A., 2017.

Rachel Ko, “The Architectural Phenomenon of ‘Casemate Wall with Abutting Structures at Khirbet Qeiyafa: The archaeology of Architecture and its Implications for Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Identity”, M.A., 2017.

Andrew Brockman, Ph.D. candidate, 2016.

Andrew Brockman, The Paranomastic Infinitive in the Creation Story: Translating וּתמֹות תָּמin the Yahwist, M.A., 2016.

Pauline Yee, “The Motherhood of YHWH in Deutero-Isaiah 42:14 and 49:15”, M.A., 2016.

Laurel Andrews “Contextualizing The Women's Bible: Elizabeth Cady Stanton's approach to "Individualism" and its applications for a contemporary feminist agenda”, M.A. 2016.

Amanda Rosini, Ph.D. candidate 2016.

Eliza Rosenberg, Ph.D. Dissertation: “When Mr. Lamb Took Ms. Jerusalem To Be His “Loftily Wedded Wife: Marriage, Slave-Trading, and Violent Justice in Revelation 17-22”. Supervisors: †Dean Ellen Bradshaw Aitken; Professor Patricia G. Kirkpatrick.

Youngho Jang, Ph.D. candidate 2014.

Luke Sommers, “A world in which things are not as they should be: How the Deuteronomistic ideology is reinforced in the book of Judges by the portrayal of women and domestic space”, 2011.

Danielle Duperreault, “The prophetic wedlock texts, the poetics of origins, and the axiom of natural order, 2010.

David Lemarquand, “The Function of King David in the Deuteronomistic history”, 2010.

Nicole Marie Hildebrand, “The Language of Creation and the Construction of a New Concept of Theodicy : Job 38-42”, 2009.

Amanda Rossini, “Child Sacrifice as metaphor in the Old Testament, M.A., 2009.

Rowshan Nemazee, The Politics of Heaven: A Feminist Eschatological Reading of Augustine’s City of God, co-supervisor Ph.D., 2008.

Simon Leblanc, Le Deutéronome, la famille et la transmission de la loi en Israël ancien Creator, 2003.

G. Minott, “Liberation concerns in the Latin American church : Jose Severino Croatto's interpretation and application of Exodus 1-15“, 2000.

Rowshan Nemazee, "Ave Crux, spes unica" : the theology of the cross in the life and works of Edith Stein”, M.A., 2000.

Areas of interest: 

Old Testament Studies and Language / Hebrew Bible, Biblical Historiography, Feminist Biblical Studies, Old Testament Theology.

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