image of Michael Fishbane Michael Fishbane is Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago, and Chair of the Committee on Jewish Studies. Professor Fishbane is the author of 16 books and hundreds of articles and reviews in scholarly journals and encyclopedias. Among his works are Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel; Garments of Torah Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics; The Kiss of God; and Spiritual Death and Dying in Judaism. Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel and The Kiss of God both won the National Jewish Book Award (1985, 1994) among other prizes. Michael Fishbane is Editor-in-Chief of The Jewish Publication Society Bible Commentary (for Prophets and Writings), and on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and book series. His commentary on the Haftarot (Prophetic Lections) will appear shortly. Recipient of many scholarly awards, Fishbane has been a Guggenheim Fellow and twice a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University. He is also an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Dr. Fishbane received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University where he taught for 20 years before coming to Chicago. He has also been a visiting Professor at Harvard, Stanford, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Fishbane's most recent book is The Exegetical Imagination, Jewish Thought and Theology (Harvard University Press, 1998). He is married to Dr. Mona DeKoven Fishbane, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and they have two sons, Eitan and Elisha.