Patricia G. Kirkpatrick

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor, Old Testament Studies
Chair, Biblical Studies Area

Contact Information

3520 University Street, Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2A7, Canada

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patricia.kirkpatrick [at]

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 has spent the past 33 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.

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: 

2017 « 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.

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

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

 2015, “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

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.