Alan Cooper (biblical scholar)

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Alan Cooper
Academic background
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Yale University (MPhil, PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineReligious studies
Sub-disciplineJewish studies
Institutions

Alan Cooper is an American religious scholar and former musician who was the 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 is also the Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies at JTS.[1]

Education[edit]

Cooper graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College in 1971 and went on to do his graduate work at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Philosophy and PhD in religious studies.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Cooper was formerly a singer in the band Sha Na Na, formed by his Columbia classmates, and sang the lead in "At the Hop" in Woodstock.[4][5][6] He also made appearances on The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show.[7][8]

Cooper served on the faculties of McMaster University and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.[9] In 1997, he was appointed to a position at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 1998, he was appointed Professor of Bible at the 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.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alan Cooper". www.jtsa.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  2. ^ Alan Cooper - website of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
  3. ^ "Sha Na Na Tova: Happy New Year From Alan Cooper, Doo-Wopper and Bible Scholar". Tablet Magazine. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2022-07-13.
  4. ^ "Columbia College band Sha Na Na to return to campus after 47 years". Columbia College. May 31, 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Sha Na Na - Rockabilly Central". www.rockabilly.net. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  6. ^ "Sha Na Na Tova: Happy New Year From Alan Cooper, Doo-Wopper and Bible Scholar". Tablet Magazine. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  7. ^ "Sha Na Na - Rockabilly Central". Rockabilly.net. 1999-11-16. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  8. ^ "From Sha Na Na to Professor of Law: Singer Joins Revival Tour," San Jose Mercury News (CA) - June 25, 1998 - 9E
  9. ^ David Briggs. "FROM SHA NA NA TO SEMINARY". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  10. ^ "Alan Cooper, Professor of Bible - Union Theological Seminary". Utsnyc.edu. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-07-09.