Alan Cooper (biblical scholar)

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Alan Cooper is the former provost of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS), an academic institution that teaches Jewish studies and one of the centers for Conservative Judaism. He also serves as the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies at JTS.[1]

Cooper graduated from Columbia College in 1971 and was formerly a singer in the band Sha Na Na, formed by his Columbia classmates, and sang the lead in "At the Hop" in the Woodstock movie.[2][3][4] He has also made appearances on The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show.[5][6]

Cooper left behind his music career to study for a doctorate in biblical studies at Yale University. He served on the faculties of McMaster University and Hebrew Union College.[7]In 1997, he was appointed to a position at the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1998, he was appointed Professor of Bible at Union Theological Seminary in New York, becoming the first person to hold a joint professorship at both Union and JTS. His dual appointment has been described as a major step in strengthening ties between the two seminaries.[8]


  1. ^ "Alan Cooper". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  2. ^ "Columbia College band Sha Na Na to return to campus after 47 years". Columbia College. May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Sha Na Na - Rockabilly Central". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  4. ^ "Sha Na Na Tova: Happy New Year From Alan Cooper, Doo-Wopper and Bible Scholar". Tablet Magazine. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  5. ^ "Sha Na Na - Rockabilly Central". 1999-11-16. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  6. ^ "From Sha Na Na to Professor of Law: Singer Joins Revival Tour," San Jose Mercury News (CA) - June 25, 1998 - 9E
  7. ^ Writer, DAVID BRIGGS AP Religion. "FROM SHA NA NA TO SEMINARY". Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  8. ^ "Alan Cooper, Professor of Bible - Union Theological Seminary". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-07-09.