Michael Fishbane

Michael Fishbane is the Nathan Cummings professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Chicago. His research spans the spectrum of biblical and Jewish studies and he has written numerous books in Jewish Studies.


Articles by Michael Fishbane

Why Jeremiah?

Portions of this Haftarah play an important role in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy.

Why Joshua?

Here are numerous reasons for choosing Joshua as the haftarah for Simchat Torah.

Spirituality of Texts

Overcoming the "leprosy of fluency" so we can discover ever-greater insights in our textual study

Isaiah 40-66: Return and Restoration

In Isaiah 40-66, the prophet(s) built on the theological paradigms of Isaiah ben Amoz (Isaiah 1-39).

Isaiah ben Amoz: Political Prophet (Isaiah: 1-39)

Isaiah's greatness lies not only in his ethical teachings, but in his central involvement--and prophetic intervention--in the political events of his day.

Joel: Misplaced Prophet of the Locust Plague

Joel vividly portrays the dependence of human life upon God's favor.

Why Read Ezekiel on Shavuot?

Tradition connects the prophet's vision to the revelation at Sinai.

The Lesson of Habakkuk

An interpretation of this reading explains why Israel received God's revelation.

How The Shemini Atzeret Haftarah Was Chosen

Connecting the reading to the occasion

How Zechariah Relates to Sukkot

Connecting the physical and spiritual realms.