Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies & Medieval Studies

Michael Zank, a native of the Federal Republic of Germany, is Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies. He has served as the director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies since 2013. Zank completed his PhD in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University in 1994, the same year he joined the Boston University faculty. In his most recent book, Jerusalem. A Brief History (2018), he tells the story of how an ordinary royal city of the ancient Southern Levant became the holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In addition to teaching popular courses on the Bible and Jerusalem, he leads a seminar on Maimonides and his modern readers. For more on Professor Zank click here.