Dr. Nava Cohen

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Reception Hours
Thursdays 10: 30 -11: 30 (by prior arrangement)


Ph.D. in Bible from Bar-Ilan University (2008-2011)

The program for Bible Study and Biblical Exegesis at Matan, MA (magna cum laude) in Judaic Studies from the University of Baltimore (2001-2002)

BA in Jewish History and Geography (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1988-1991)

Teacher’s certificate in Bible and Oral Law (magna cum laude) from the Jerusalem College for Women (Michlala) (1987-1990)


Participation in International Conferences:

May 2011: "Regular wisdom and deep wisdom, and the 'dual' theory of Divine retribution in Rashbam's commentary on Qoheleth", The Simple Truths Renewed – Rashbam's Commentaries on the Bible: International Conference, Ramat Gan, 30 May 2011

July 2011: "Structure and Significance in Kohelet Chapters 1-2", SBL International Meeting, London, 7–11 July 2011.

July 2012: "A Re-examination of the Attitude of Koheleth to the 'Evil Woman", SBL International Meeting, Amsterdam, 22–26 July 2012.

July 2013: "The Literary Function of the Verses of Praise in Psalm 92", SBL International Meeting, St. Andreus, 7–11 July 2013.

August, 2013: "Natural retribution and Divine retribution as the key to exposing the structure of Qoheleth", 16thWorld Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, 28 July – 1 August, 2013.

July 2014: "I set my mind..." (Qohelet 1,12) Structure and Meaning in the Reflective Passages in the Book of Qohelet", SBL International Meeting, Vienna, 7–11 July 2014.

July 2014: Rashbam's Understanding of the Carpe Diem Passages in Qoheleth, EAJH International Meeting, Paris, 20-24 July 2014.

july 2015: "Alternative Reading of Psalm 90", EABS Annual Meeting, Cordoba, 7-12 July 2015.

"No One Can Speak" - The Talk Between the Statement, The Annual Conference of the Department of Bible at Bar Ilan University, Ramat - Gan 17-18 May 2017.

July 2017: "Rashbam's literary vision of the Book of Ecclesiastes in light of the different layers of his interpretation of the references to death", NAPH Annual Meeting, N.Y 27-30 July 2017.

August  2017: ”Reflective Passages” and “Collection of Proverbs and Exhortations” in Ecclesiastes Chapters 4-8", SBL International Meeting, Berlin, 7-11 July 2017.

August  2017: The introductory verses to Psalm 90: Two readings,  17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, 6-10,  August 2017.




Masters' Thesis topic: "Thematic Literary Analysis of Rashbam's Commentary on Ecclesiastes". Supervisor: Dr. Mordechai Sabbato

Doctoral Thesis topic: "Structural Principles of Cohesion in the Book of Ecclesiastes and their Exegetical Significance". Supervisor: Prof. Eliyahu Assis

  1. "Rashbam's Understanding of the Carpe Diem Passages in Qoheleth", Revue des études juives 175, 1-2 (2016), pp. 27-46.
  2. "The Reflective Passages as the core and initial composition of the book of Qoheleth: Content and structural analysis", JHS Volume 15, Article 6 (2016), pp. 1-20.
  3. "Psalm 92: Structure and Meaning", ZAW 125 (4), 2013, pp. 593-606.
  4. "'I said in my heart' – Structure and Significance in the First Collection of Reflections in Ecclesiastes (1:12-2:26)", Beit Mikra 58, 2013 pp. 47-82 (Hebrew).