Peter Schäfer joined the faculty in 1998, appointed as the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religion. His teaching and research interests include Jewish History in Late Antiquity, the religion and literature of Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish Mysticism, 19th and 20th century Wissenschaft des Judentums, and Jewish Magic. In 1994 he was awarded the German Leibniz Prize and in 2006 the Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award. His latest books are: Die Geburt des Judentums aus dem Geist des Christentums , Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010, Origins of Jewish Mysticism, Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2009, and Jesus in the Talmud, Princeton University Press. Co-editor of Jewish Studies Quarterly since 1993, Schäfer currently serves as the Director of the Program in Judaic Studies. He is on leave fall 2012.