2008 / 2009 - Michael V. Fox received Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studied Biblical Studies and Egyptology. He taught in Israel for several years and came to Madison in 1977, where he teaches in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. In 1991 he was named Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor in Jewish Studies and in 1999 Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew. He spent 2006 in Israel, first on sabbatical, then as George Mosse Exchange Professor at the Hebrew University. His field of research is the literature and thought of biblical Israel. His work seeks to illuminate the particular character of the biblical texts by setting them in their ancient Near Eastern context. He is author of several books and numerous articles and reviews. His most recent book is Proverbs 1-9, the first volume of an Anchor Bible commentary, and he is now finishing up volume 2, on Proverbs 10-31.