Research

My major areas of interest are Jewish thought, the reception-history of biblical symbols, and the interplay between scripture and politics.

An essay on the Torah as a literary genre and its afterlives in Christian and modern Jewish political theology appeared in Speight and Zank, Politics, Religion and Political Theology (Amsterdam 2017).

In the area of Jewish thought, I cut my mental teeth on German Jewish intellectuals and Continental philosophers Hermann Cohen (1842-1918), Martin Buber (1873-1965), Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929), and Leo Strauss (1899-1973). For an overview of my work in this area see Jüdische Religionsphilosophie als Apologie des Mosaismus (Tübingen, 2016).

As to the reception-history of biblical symbols, I am currently completing a brief history of Jerusalem for Wiley-Blackwell, where I attempt to answer the question how an ordinary royal city of the ancient southern Levant became the holy city of Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Recent and forthcoming publications.

List of select publications.

For free samples of my work see https://bu.academia.edu/MichaelZank.

An updated resumé is also posted at http://www.bu.edu/religion/faculty/bios/zank/.