Eitan Fishbane

 Eitan Fishbane

Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Assistant Professor, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Eitan P. Fishbane is assistant professor in the Department of Jewish Thought at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Prior to his appointment, Professor Fishbane served on the faculties of Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Professor Fishbane’s research focuses on the history and literature of Jewish mysticism, with a primary specialization in medieval Kabbalah and an active interest in later currents—particularly Hasidic spirituality. His scholarship has been published in a number of prestigious academic journals, including: The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, The Jewish Quarterly Review, The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and The Journal of Religion.

Professor Fishbane’s first book, As Light Before Dawn: The Inner World of a Medieval Kabbalist, will be published in early 2009 with Stanford University Press. Presently, he is at work on the research and writing for a new book project, tentatively titled, Mystical Drama and Narrative Form: The Literary Craft of the Zohar—a monograph that sets out to chart a new literary approach to the masterpiece of medieval Jewish mysticism, to consider the lyric and narrative dimensions of the Zohar with the critical tools of modern literary studies. Professor Fishbane’s other interests are reflected in a forthcoming article in The Journal of Religious Ethics, entitled, “A Chariot for the Shekhinah: Identity and the Ideal Life in Sixteenth-Century Kabbalah,” as well as in a more popular book project (in preparation) in which Fishbane will select, translate, and annotate inspiring spiritual teachings about the meaning of Shabbat in Hasidic mystical literature.

In addition to text–seminars on these topics of research, Professor Fishbane teaches a range of courses in the textuality of Jewish thought and theology, including a source-based survey of medieval Kabbalah, and a course on the literature of Hasidic mystical homiletics.

Professor Fishbane is a regular scholar-in-residence and guest speaker at congregations across North America, and he welcomes inquiries about such events. The recipient of many honors and awards, Professor Fishbane holds a bachelor of arts, summa cum laude, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. In recognition of his doctoral dissertation, the Brandeis Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies awarded him the Nahum and Anne Glatzer Prize for Outstanding Achievement. Professor Fishbane has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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