Shaye J.D. Cohen is the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University. This is one of the oldest and most distinguished professorships of Jewish studies in the United States. He began serving on the Committee on the Study of Religion in the fall of 2002. Before arriving at Harvard in July 2001, Prof. Cohen was for ten years the Samuel Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. Prof. Cohen began his career at the Jewish Theological Seminary where he was ordained and for many years was the Dean of the Graduate School and Shenkman Professor of Jewish History. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History, with distinction, from Columbia University in 1975. He is perhaps best known for From the Maccabees to the Mishnah (Westminster John Knox Press, 1987; second edition 2006), which is widely used as a textbook in colleges and adult education, and his The Beginnings of Jewishness (University of California Press, 2001).
Shaye J.D. Cohen on MRB
The Presbyterians and I. On the PCUSA’s Divestment Decision.