Michael Fishbane

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Michael A. Fishbane (born 1943) is an American scholar of Judaism and rabbinic literature. Formerly at Brandeis University, he is currently the Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies at the Divinity School, University of Chicago.

Fishbane (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is well known as a Hebrew Bible scholar, especially for his work Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel and his work on the JPS Tanakh. He has also written on the subjects of Midrash, mysticism, myth and Jewish theology. He has received the Lifetime Achievement in Textual Studies award from the National Foundation For Jewish Culture.


  • Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel, (Oxford Clarendon Press, 1985.)
  • Garments of Torah: Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics, (Indiana University Press, 1989.)
  • The Kiss of God: Spiritual and Mystical Death in Judaism, (University of Washington Press, 1994.)
  • The Exegetical Imagination: On Jewish Thought and Theology, (Harvard University Press, 1998.)
  • Biblical Text and Texture: A Literary Reading of Selected Texts, (Oneworld Publications, 1998.)
  • The JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot, (Jewish Publication Society, 2002.)
  • Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking, (Oxford University Press, 2003.)
  • Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology (University of Chicago Press, 2007.)