The American Academy of Arts and Sciences recently announced its 2013 class of fellows. Four scholars and one distinguished trustee from the University of Chicago have been elected to the prestigious Academy. Michael Fishbane, the Nathan Cummings Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School and the College is one of the faculty members elected to this honor, and joins one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.
Fishbane studies the ancient Near East, biblical studies and rabbinics (the history of Jewish interpretation), as well as Jewish mysticism and modern Jewish thought. He is currently completing a book that incorporates modern critical and traditional Jewish interpretations of the Song of Songs. Among his many honors, Fishbane has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Textual Studies from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.