about Michael

Michael Carasik teaches Biblical Hebrew at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the weekday Torah reader at Historic Congregation Kesher Israel in Center City Philadelphia. He has a bachelor’s degree from New College (Sarasota, Fla.), bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Jewish studies from Spertus College in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Bible and the ancient Near East from Brandeis University. In addition to The Bible’s Many Voices (Jewish Publication Society/University of Nebraska Press), he has also written Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel (Peter Lang), a description of the Israelite understanding of psychology as revealed in the Bible.

Michael is the creator of The Commentators’ Bible (JPS/U. of Nebraska Press), an English-language equivalent of the traditional Hebrew commentaries that have been used for centuries. Volumes that have appeared so far are Exodus (2005), Leviticus (2009), and Numbers (2011); Deuteronomy is forthcoming in 2015 and Genesis should follow in 2018. (Follow his progress on Twitter.)

Michael’s weekly Torah Talk podcast gives his insights on the current synagogue reading.  Subscribe to it in the iTunes Store or via player.fm.

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