Joshua Berman is a professor of Bible at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an Associate Fellow at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem based research institute. During the 2004-2006 academic years, he was awarded a research grant by the Shalem Center to write Created Equal as part of the Center's commitment to tracing the influence of Hebrew texts across the ages to the growth of political thought. In 2009, Created Equal was named a National Jewish Book Award Finalist.
In addition to exploring the political thought of ancient Israel, Dr. Berman's primary research interest has been in the field of biblical narrative, and he has published in such noted journals as The Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. Dr. Berman is also an engaged scholar with a deep interest in sharing the fruits of scholarship with a broad audience. He has written on biblical theology and contemporary issues in Azure, Tradition, Midstream, and The Jerusalem Post.
Dr. Berman attended Princeton University, where he received a B.A. in Religion, and holds a doctorate in Bible from Bar-Ilan University. He is also an orthodox rabbi, and received his ordination from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate.
Dr. Berman, his wife and four children reside in Bet Shemesh, Israel.
Dr. Berman is the author of The Temple: Its Symbolism and Meaning Then and Now (Jason Aronson Publishers, 1995) which explores the theme of Temple across the Bible, and has drawn particular attention in Jewish and Mormon circles.
He is also the author of Narrative Analogy in the Hebrew Bible: Battle Stories and Their Equivalent Non-battle Narratives (Brill Publishers, 2004), which explores the rhetorical conventions of biblical battle scenes and their implications for the messages of those stories.