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. He received his Ph.D. in Ancient History, with distinction, from Columbia University in 1975. He is also an ordained rabbi, and for many years was the Dean of the Graduate School and Shenkman Professor of Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Before arriving at Harvard in July 2001, he was for ten years the Samuel Ungerleider Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. The focus of Cohen’s research is the boundary between Jews and gentiles and between Judaism and its surrounding culture. He is also a published authority on Jewish reactions to Hellenism and to Christianity.

Books in order of publication:

Josephus in Galilee & Rome: His Vita & Development As a Historian1979
From the Maccabees to the Mishnah1987
The State of Jewish Studies1989
Diasporas in Antiquity1993
The Jewish Family in Antiquity1993
Studies in the Cult of Yahweh1996
The Beginnings of Jewishness: Boundaries, Varieties, Uncertainties1999
The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen2000
Why Aren’t Jewish Women Circumcised? Gender & Covenant in Judaism2005
Studies in Josephus and the Varieties of Ancient Judaism: Louis H. Feldman Jubilee Volume2006
Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-First Century?2009
The Significance of Yavneh and Other Essays in Jewish Hellenism2010
The Hebrew Scriptures in Judaism and Christianity2012