Peter Schäfer

Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Emeritus

Peter Schäfer joined the faculty in 1998, appointed as the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religion. His teaching and research interests have focused on Jewish History in Late Antiquity, the religion and literature of Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Mysticism, 19th and 20th century Wissenschaft des Judentums, and Jewish Magic. In 1994 he was awarded the German Leibniz Prize, in 2006 the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award, and in 2013 the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities. His latest books are: Zwei Götter im Himmel: Gottesvorstellungen in der jüdischen Antike, München: Beck, 2017; The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other, Princeton University Press, 2012; Die Geburt des Judentums aus dem Geist des Christentums, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010; Origins of Jewish Mysticism, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009, and Princeton University Press, 2011. He retired in June, 2013, and in September, 2014, he was appointed Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany.

Selected Publications
  • The Jewish Jesus: How Judaism and Christianity Shaped Each Other (Princeton University Press 2012)
  • Origins of Jewish Mysticism (Princeton University Press, 2011)
  • Origins of Jewish Mysticism (Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009)
  • Jesus in the Talmud (Princeton University Press, 2007)
  • Mirror of His Beauty: Feminine Images of God from the Bible to the Early Kabbalah (Princeton University Press, 2002)