Lecturer, Head of the Teacher Education program in Bible

Dr. Nava Cohen

Lecturer, Head of the Teacher Education program in Bible
Reception Hours
Thursdays 10: 30 -11: 30 (by prior arrangement)
Teacher training


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", 16th World 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.




President's scholarship to outstanding doctoral students (2008-2011)

Schupf Foundation scholarship (2011)

Pinkhas Churgin Prize for outstanding Doctoral Thesis (2013)


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


Publications in Hebrew:

"'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).

Publications in English:

"Psalm 92: Structure and Meaning", ZAW 125, 2014 pp. 593-606.

Articles accepted for publication 

"Rashbam's Understanding of the Carpe Diem Passages in Qoheleth", Revue des études juives (21 pp).

"The Reflective Passages as the core and initial composition of the book of Qoheleth: Content and structural analysis", JHS (18 pp).

Non-peer reviewed publications:

'"There is nothing better for man that that he eat and drink and make his soul enjoy good in his labor' (Ecc. 2:24)  - the focus on material life and its enjoyment in Qoheleth, according to the commentary attributed to Rashbam", Massekhet 2, 2004, pp. 149-164 (Hebrew).


Wisdom literature, Psalms, Song of Songs, Rashbam's exegesis


Wisdom literature, Psalms, Song of Songs, Rashbam's exegesis

Fields of Expertise

Places of employment: 

Ofra High School (1990-2001)

Shuva College and Matan College (2002-2008)

Lecturer in Bible and director of program for Bible and Exegesis Matan Jerusalem: M.A. program in conjunction with Bar-Ilan University  (2009-2013)

Director of online "Al ha-Perek" weekly program for study of the Prophets and Writings (2011-2014)

Herzog College – lecturer in Bible (2012-2013)

Washington College – lecturer in Bible (2014)


            Other professional experience (public positions): 

            Staff member and advisor on Jewish affairs, Grinspoon Foundation Israel, 2008-2014


Last Updated Date : 26/03/2023