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James L. Kugel (born 1945) is chair of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel and the Harry M. Starr Professor Emeritus of Classical and Modern Hebrew Literature at Harvard University.

James Kugel is the author and editor of 15 books and numerous articles on the Bible and its early commentators, focusing on the Second Temple period. In 2001, his book, the Bible As It Was won the Grawemeyer Award in religion. The prize "recognizes outstanding and creative works that promote understanding of the relationship between human beings and the divine." The Bible As It Was was published in 1997 by Harvard University. It is the annotated version of a lengthier work, entitled Traditions of the Bible.

In 2007 How to Read the Bible was given the Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award by the Jewish Book Council.[1]

He is also an Orthodox Jew.[2]


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