James Kugel is Director of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible and Professor of Bible at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Born in 1945 in New York, Professor Kugel took his B.A. from Yale University (1968) and his Ph.D. from the City University of New York (1977). Before joining the faculty of Bar Ilan, he taught at City University, and Yale and Harvard Universities. At Harvard he was Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature, chaired the Department of Near Eastern Languages, and directed the Center for Jewish Studies. He edits and contributes to numerous scholarly publications and is a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. His many books include On Being a Jew (1990) and How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now (2007), and he has authored scores of important articles and reviews. His areas of expertise include Hebrew Bible, history of biblical exegesis, and Judaism.