Michael Zank

ZANK-3147 Bay State Road, Suite 304
Boston, MA 02215
T: 617.353.4434; F: 617.358.3087
E: mzank@bu.edu
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Michael Zank (b. 1958) studied in Germany, Israel, and the US and holds a PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. A member of the BU Religion Department since 1994, Zank teaches introductory classes on the Bible, on Moses, and on Jerusalem, and advanced courses in western philosophy of religion. He currently serves as Director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies.

Zank is an expert in German-Jewish intellectual history (Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Martin Buber, Leo Strauss). Currently, he is writing a book on why we (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) care about the city of Jerusalem. Zank blogs on Jerusalem-related matters at http://unholycity.blogspot.com.

For more on Zank see http://blogs.bu.edu/mzank.

Complete CV


Jerusalem: A Brief History
By Michael Zank
September 2018, Wiley-Blackwell
By now at Wiley!

Politics, Religion and Political Theology
Editors: Allen Speight, Michael Zank
Springer Netherlands, July 2017

Elie WieselTake a Teacher, Make a Friend
Edited by Michael Zank and Leanne Hoppe

The Value of the Particular- Lessons from Judaism and the Modern Jewish ExperienceThe Value of the Particular: Lessons from Judaism and the Modern Jewish Experience
Edited by Michael Zank and Ingrid Anderson
Brill, May 2015

Zank 2016Jüdische Religionsphilosophie als Apologie des Mosaismus
By Michael Zank
Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Company K, 2016

New Perspectives on Martin Buber
(Editor and Contributor)
[Religion in Philosophy and Theology, ed. Ingo Dalferth, vol. 22] Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2006.

Leo Strauss: The Early Writings, 1921-1932
By Leo Strauss, Michael Zank (Translator)
State University of New York Press, 2002

The Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann CohenThe Idea of Atonement in the Philosophy of Hermann Cohen
By Michael Zank
Scholars Pr, 2000

The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy
Editor-in-Chief, Elliot R. Wolfson (New York University), Managing Editor, Dana Hollander (McMaster University), Editorial Board,  Zachary Braiterman (Syracuse University), Catherine Chalier (University of Paris X – Nanterre), Aaron W. Hughes (University at Buffalo), Martin Kavka (Florida State University), Claire Katz (Texas A&M University), Daniel Lasker (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), and Michael Zank (Boston University)  Brill Academic Publishers