Peter Schäfer

Peter Schäfer is the director of the Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation and a leading international Jewish studies scholar. He received his doctorate and habilitated in Jewish studies and has taught, amongst others, at the universities of Tübingen and Cologne, and at the Freie Universität Berlin, where he held the chair for Jewish Studies from 1983 to 2008. In 1998 he was called to Princeton University, USA, where he was the first occupant of the Ronald O. Perelman Chair for Jewish Studies and director of the program for Jewish Studies. Schäfer has published numerous books and essays, translated and edited fundamental texts from the Jewish tradition, and founded and co-edited numerous scholarly series as well as the journal Jewish Studies Quarterly. His research into the history, literature, and religion of ancient and early medieval Judaism has been honored with, amongst others, the Leibniz Prize and the Mellon Award.

As of January 2019