Dr. Jeffrey Tigay

Dr. Jeffrey Tigay is A.M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania.

Articles by Dr. Jeffrey Tigay

Genesis As Allegory

Recognizing the deeper meaning of the text.

The Golden Calf

As commonly understood, this biblical narrative condemns the first violation of the prohibition against idolatry--but it's not that simple.

Deuteronomy 6:4–The Shema

While the Shema has been seen as a declaration of absolute monotheism, it has other meanings in its biblical and liturgical contexts.

The Book of Deuteronomy

The biblical book whose law and theology most directly shaped later Judaism.

Shabbat in the Bible

The Sabbath was a cornerstone of the Temple service and of popular observance in ancient Israel.


Scholars debate whether the Israelites recognized only one God or worshipped only one God.

Jonah: Following God’s Example

God also repents in the Book of Jonah.