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Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School. Trained in Semitic languages, biblical studies, and Judaica, Fishbane’s writings range from the ancient Near East and biblical studies to rabbinics, the history of Jewish interpretation, Jewish mysticism, and modern Jewish thought and theology. Two of his books, Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel and The Kiss of God, have won the National Jewish Book Award in scholarship. Most recently, he has published a commentary on the prophetic lectionary (Haftarot) in Judaism (2002), Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking (2003), and Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology (2008). He is now completing a multileveled comprehensive commentary presenting the full range of Jewish interpretations on the Song of Songs. Also in progress are a study of Jewish liturgical poetry and a treatment of spiritual exercises in Jewish religious history.



Past Courses

BIBL 43000. Tradition and Building Ancient Judaism. Autumn 2003.

BIBL 45200 Studies in Midrash: Eliezer. Winter 2003.

BIBL 45700. Studies in Midrash. Autumn 2002.

HCHR 47300-47400. Concepts and Traditions in Judaism I – II. Autumn 2001, Winter 2002.

HIJD 477. Poetical Theology. Spring 2001, Spring 2005.

HIJD 30402. Poetics of Midrash. Spring 2014.

HIJD 30704. Jewish Liturgical Poetry. Autumn 2013.

HIJD 31700. Mystical Hermeneutics: An introduction to the Book of Zohar. Autumn 2012.

HIJD 31800. Mystical Theology of Maggid Dov Ber. Spring 2005.

HIJD 34301. Safed: Mystical Ethics. Autumn 2004.

HIJD 34302. Jewish Spiritual Practices. Autumn 2010.

HIJD 35400. Hermeneutics and Tradition: The Case of Judaism – I. Autumn 2012.

HIJD 36200. Studies in Hasidism: The Mystical Theology of R. Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl. Spring 2012.

HIJD 37000. Jewish Liturgical Poetry and the Making of the Rabbinic Epic. Spring.

HIJD 38701. Poetic Theologies of Light. Spring 2013.

HIJD 39401. Love in Jewish Thoughts & Spirituality. Spring 2013.

HIJD 40100-40200. Song of Songs I & II. Winter 2004, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2011.

HIJD 41700. Giving and Receiving. Spring 2010, Autumn 2011.

HIJD 43200. Forms and Features of Midrash Literature. Spring 2007

HIJD 43501. The Question in Jewish Intellectual Culture. Autumn 2010.

HIJD 43900. Medieval Jewish Mysticism. Spring 2007.

HIJD 45202. The Citation in Jewish Religious Culture. Spring 2014.

HIJD 46300. The Four-Fold. Spring 2011.

HIJD 46500. Studies in Midrash: Genesis Rabba.

HIJD 46600. Topics in Midrash. Spring 2011.

HIJD 46800. Ancient Jewish Liturgical Poetry. Autumn 2002.

HIJD 47000. Studies in Aggadic Midrash. Autumn 2001.

HIJD 47900 Midrashic Traditions about Sinai and Revelation. Autumn 2009.

HIJD 47901. Job and Theology: Between Biblical Hermeneutics and Philosophical Theology. Autumn 2013.

HIJD 49000. Mekhilta De-Rabbi Ishmael. Winter 2005.

HIJD 49400. The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil. Spring 2008, Autumn. 2009.

HIJD 49800. Contemporary Jewish Theology. Spring 2010.

HIJD 51000. Proseminar un Madrash. Spring 2004.

HUD 400. Midrash: Lamentations Rabba. Winter 2000.

HUD 412. The Book of Zohar. Spring 2000.

HUD 45000. Studies in Legal Midrash. Winter 2002.

HUMA 201. Judaic Covilization. Winter 2001.

JWSC. Studies in Midrash. Autumn 2000.

JWSC 20004. Jewish Thought and Literature 1. Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007.

JWSC 28500. Jewish Spiritual Perfection and Piety. Winter 2003.

THEO 465. The Wrath of God in the Hebrew Bible.  Winter 2001.

THEO 43601. Modern Jewish Theology: Neo-mysticism. Spring 2006.