Rabbi Michael Cook, Ph.D. serves as Professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures and holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Chair in Judaeo-Christian Studies at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. A graduate of Haverford College, he then studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York, and earned his doctorate at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.
He is likely the only rabbi in the North America with a full professorial Chair in New Testament. Having extensive expertise in Jewish-Christian relations, he has keynoted more than 200 Institutes for Christian clergy in 40 states and Canada. He was one of seven scholars selected by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops to assess the accuracy of the advance script of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ.
His service on advisory boards includes the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (Muhlenberg College, Allentown), Institute for Christian-Jewish Studies (Baltimore [founding member]), Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies (St Leo University, St Leo, FL), Joint Commission on Interreligious Affairs (Union for Reform Judaism; Central Conference of American Rabbis; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion); Executive Board Central Conference of American Rabbis; on-going Consultant/Reviewer to the Marc H. Tanenbaum Collection in Interreligious Affairs (Jacob Rader Marcus American Jewish Archives, Cincinnati).
Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment (Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 414 pp.), 3rd print 2012 / programmed bibliog., five indices, teacher guide
"Mind the Gap": Bridging One Dozen Lacunae in Jewish-Catholic Dialogue" (Ctr for Christian-Jewish Relations, Boston Coll., 2013)
"The Distribution of Jewish Leaders in the Synoptic Gospels: Why Wariness Is Warranted,” Soundings in the Religion of Jesus. Eds. B. Chilton, A. LeDonne, J. Neusner (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2012): vii, ix, xi, 61-79, 214-15
“How Credible Is Jewish Scholarship on Jesus?” The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation, ed. Z. Garber (W. Lafayette: Purdue, 2011), 249-70
"Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians,” Jewish Annotated New Testament (New York: Oxford, 2011): 354-61
“Jewish Perspectives on Jesus,” Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Jesus, ed. D. Burkett (West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 213-31
"Where Jewish Scholars on Jesus Go Awry: Last Supper, Sanhedrin, Blasphemy, Barabbas, The Historical Jesus: Quest, Conquest, Non-Quest, ed. Z. Garber (Shofar 28.3, Spr 2010): 70-77
"Jews and 'Gospel Dynamics': Why Advice by Ancient Sages Is No Longer Sage Advice," The Fourth R, 22 #2 (Santa Rosa: Westar, 2009), 9-14, 24
"Paul's Argument in Romans 9-11," Review & Expositor 103 #1 (2006): 91-112