Michah Gottlieb

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Indiana University, PhD 2003; New York University, MA 1997

Office: 53 Washington Square South, Room 207

Phone: (212)998-8983

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Modern Jewish Thought and Philosophy

Select Publications


Jewish Protestantism: Translation and The Turn to the Bible in German Judaism (under contract, Oxford University Press)
Moses Mendelssohn: Enlightenment, Religion, Politics, Nationalism 
(co-editor with Charles Manekin, University of Maryland Press, 2016)
Faith, Reason, Politics: Essays on the History of Jewish Thought
(Academic Studies Press, 2013)
Faith and Freedom: Moses Mendelssohn’s Theological-Political Thought
(Oxford University Press, 2011)
Moses Mendelssohn: Writings of Judaism, Christianity and the Bible
(editor, Brandeis University Press, 2011) [Finalist for a National Jewish Book Award]


“Orthodoxy and the Orient: Samson Raphael Hirsch on the Location of Judaism” in Modern Jewish Scholarship on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and the Qur’an (eds. H. Gafni, H. Harif, D. Saltzer, S. Schorch), forthcoming
“Spinoza’s Baffling View of Biblical Morality” in Explorations in Jewish Religious and Philosophical Ethics (eds. Curtis Hutt, Berel Lerner, and Halla Kim), forthcoming
“Distinctiveness and Diaspora in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Thought” in Oxford Handbook of the Jewish Diaspora (ed. Hasia Diner), forthcoming
“Oral Letter and Written Trace: Samson Raphael Hirsch’s Defense of the Bible and Talmud”, Jewish Quarterly Review, 2016, (36 pages)
“Moses Mendelssohn’s Humanism” in Contention, Controversy and Change:  Evolutions and Revolutions in the Jewish Experience (eds. Simcha Fishbane and Eric Levene 2016), (18 pages)
“The Limits of Liberty: Baruch Spinoza and Moses Mendelssohn on Censorship” in Moses Mendelssohn: Enlightenment, Religion, Politics, Nationalism (eds. M. Gottlieb and C. Manekin), 2016, (18 pages)
“Leo Strauss on Lessing’s Spinozism,” in Festschrift for Paul Mendes-Flohr (eds. C. Wiese and M. Urban), 2012 (30 pages)
“Between Judaism and German Enlightenment: Recent Work on Moses Mendelssohn in English” Religion Compass, 2010 (16 pages)
“Aesthetics and the Infinite: Moses Mendelssohn on the Poetics of Biblical Prophecy” in New Directions in Jewish Philosophy, (eds. Elliot Wolfson and Aaron Hughes), 2010 (27 pages)
“Counter-Enlightenment in a Jewish Key: Anti-Maimonideanism in Nineteenth Century Neo-Orthodoxy” in The Cultures of Maimonideanism, (ed. James Robinson), 2009 (28 pages)
“Mysticism and Philosophy” in Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: From Antiquity Through the Seventeenth Century, 2009 (43 pages).
“Publishing the Moses Mendelssohn Jubiläumsausgabe in Weimar and Nazi Germany” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook, 2008 (18 pages)
 “Spinoza’s Method(s) of Biblical Interpretation Reconsidered” Jewish Studies Quarterly, 2007 (31 pages).
“Mendelssohn’s Metaphysical Defense of Religious Pluralism” The Journal of Religion, 2006  (20 pages)


Co-editor (with Jonathan Schorsch), Series on Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016


Tikvah Research Fellow at Princeton University (2010-2011); Fellow at the NYU Humanities Initiative (2009-2010); Yad Hanadiv Fellowship at Hebrew University (2006-2007)