Daniel Fisher - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Daniel Fisher, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Bible


Rabbinical Program, Cincinnati; School of Graduate Studies, Cincinnati
Academic Field: 
Bible and Cognate Studies; Language and Literature
Research Interests: 
Textual, Redaction, and Literary Criticism; Material Culture; Cultural Memory; Public Engagement in the Humanities

Daniel Fisher is Assistant Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati. He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a Research Affiliate at the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, DC. Prior to joining HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, Fisher served as Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Director at the National Humanities Alliance (2017-2020). In this role, Fisher created and led Humanities for All, an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to build capacity for public engagement in humanities scholarship across U.S. higher education.

Fisher is currently preparing a monograph based upon his dissertation, Memories of the Ark: Texts, Objects, and the Construction of the Biblical Past. He is also editor of Judges for the Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition, a new international text-critical project from SBL Press. Fisher serves on the SBL Working Group on Biblical Studies in Undergraduate Education. He is also a member of the editorial board of Bible Odyssey, SBL’s public-facing portal sharing the latest research on the people, places, and history of the Bible.


Current and Future Courses
Biblical Grammar
Advanced Biblical Hebrew
Objects in the Biblical Imagination
Public Lecture Topics
Where is the Ark of the Covenant—and Why Do People Keep Looking?
Stuff: Judaica and the Materials of Jewish Life
Reading the Bible with Track Changes
The Case for the Bible in Liberal Arts Education