Hannah K. Harrington, Ph.D.

Department Chair, Religious Studies
Program Chair, Biblical Studies
Professor, Old Testament




  • Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of California at Berkeley
  • B.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
  • B.A., Patten University


Dr. Hannah K. Harrington is a Biblical scholar, Chair of Patten's Religious Studies Department and Professor of Old Testament. Dr. Harrington began her extensive work with the Dead Sea Scrolls at the University of California Berkeley, where she studied under the Biblical scholar Prof. Jacob Milgrom. Now an acknowledged expert in the field, she has written over sixty publications (books, articles and reviews) on the Scrolls and other topics relating to holiness and ritual purity in Second Temple Judaism. Several articles appear in the following encyclopedias: Oxford Dictionary of the Bible and Law (forthcoming, 2014); Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten, I, ed. Heinz-Josef Fabry (Kohlhammer, 2011-);The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism, eds. John Collins and Daniel Harlow (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010); The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, (Abingdon Press, 2009); The Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ed. Schiffman/Vanderkam (OxfordUniversity Press, 2000). Other notable examples of publication include: Ezra and Nehemiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament, ed. R. Hubbard (Eerdmans Press, forthcoming); “Leviticus,” Women’s Bible Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012); Purity Texts, Companion to the Qumran Scrolls, 5 (Sheffield Academic Press, 2004); Holiness: A Study in Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World (London: Routledge Press, 2001). Dr. Harrington is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and International Organization for Qumran Studies. With her husband, Bill Harrington, she organizes study tours to Israel. She is also a cellist with the Modesto Symphony and the organist at Christian Cathedral, Oakland.