School of Theology Department of Theology
Last Updated :2021/10/24

Researcher Profile and Settings

Research Interests

  • Judaism in Modern Time
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Jewish Studies
  • Mesopotamia
  • Hittite
  • Ancient Near East
  • Bible

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences/History - Asia/Africa

Research History

  • 1987-1995 Study of languages of the Ancient Near East (Aramaic, Ugaritic, Accadian, Sumerian, Ancient Egyptioan Hieroglyphs, Hittite, Arabic)
  • 1994-2000 Religious, historical and legal issues in the study of the Bible and Ancient Near East
  • 2001- Comparative study of Ancient Near East Priesthood

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR), 2018/04 - Today
  • Professor, Graduate School of Theology, School of Theology, 2004/04 - Today


  • Ben-Gurion University, The Department for Bible and Ancient Near East Studies, 2004
  • Amsterdam University, The Archaeological-Historical Institute, 1994
  • Hebrew University, The Department for Jewish History, 1992
  • Hebrew University, -, 1987

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University
  • M.A., Hebrew University

Committee Memberships

  • 理事, 2019/04 - Today, 日本ユダヤ学会, Academic society


  • The Religious Cultural Heritage of the Hittites and the Hebrew Bible Description of the Ancient Israelite Religion: A Transmission of Concepts
    Ada Taggar Cohen
    Cultural Diversity in the Ancient Near East: Archaeological and Textual Aspects - Proceedings of an International Conference on the Ancient Near Eastern World held at Doshisha University April 13-14, 2019 (Edited by Ada Taggar Cohen; Kyoto: Center for Interdisciplinary Study of the Monotheistic Religions, Doshisha University, 1 - 22, Jan. 2021, English, Research paper, summary (international conference)
  • The Hebrew Biblical Bérit in Light of Ancient Near Eastern Covenants and Treaties
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Canon & Culture: A Journal of Biblical Interpretation in Context, 14(2)5 - 50, Dec. 2020, English, Article, review, commentary, editorial, etc. (scientific journal)
  • The Subverted City [Ir Hannidahat] in the Context of Ancient Near East Vassal Treaties
    Ada Taggar-Cohen, Aug. 2020, English, Article, review, commentary, editorial, etc. (trade magazine, newspaper, online media)
  • “Ritual as Divine Law: The Case of Hittite Royal Cultic Performance and its Biblical Correspondence,”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Orient, 5523 - 37, 2020
  • “Biblical Wisdom Literature and Hittite Didactic texts in the Ancient Near Eastern Literary Context”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    JISMOR, 1445 - 64, Mar. 2019
  • - “The Religious Restrictions in the Bible and Hittite Cultures: On Holiness in both Cultures”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Judaism in Modern Era: Interpretative Studies of Ancient and Current Texts - Proceedings of the Third International Symposium on Jewish Studies; Held at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 19th 2018 (Ed. Ada Taggar Cohen; Kyoto: Doshisha University, The Center for Interdisciplinary Study of the Monotheistic Religions=CISMOR), 27 - 37, 2019
  • ״הברית המקראית לאור בריתות המזרח הקדום,״
    עדה תגר-כהן
    Political Treaties of the Ancient Near East by Amnon Altman, 111 - 131, 2018
  • “Neo-Hittites,”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (=EBR), 16, 2017
  • “Rituals on the Battlefield and Historiographical Accounts: Hittite and Biblical texts,”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    "Now It Happened in Those Days": Studies in Biblical, Assyrian, and Other Ancient Near Eastern Historiography Presented to Mordechai Cogan on His 75th Birthday (Eds. Amitai Baruchi-Unna et al.; Winona Lake, IND: Eisenbrauns), 553 - 584, 2017
  • “Subtle Citation, Allusion, and Translation: Evidence in Hittite Texts and Some Biblical Implications,”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Subtle Citation, Allusion, and Translation in the Hebrew Bible, (ed. Ziony Zevit; Equinox publishing,), 54 - 72, 2017
  • “The ‘Holiness School’ – Creativity and Editorial Activity in the Book of Joshua: The case of Joshua 24,”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Marbeh Hokmah: Studies in the Bible and Ancient Near East in Loving Memory of Victor Avigdor Hurowitz (S. Yonah, E.L. Greenstein, M.I. Gruber, P. Machinist and S. M. Paul eds.; Winona Lake, IND: Eisenbrauns), 541 - 557, 2015
  • “Between Herem, Ownership, and Ritual - Biblical and Hittite Perspectives
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Roy E. Gane and Ada Taggar-Cohen (eds.), Current Issues in Priestly and Related Literature: The Legacy of Jacob Milgrom and Beyond (Resources for Biblical Study 82; Atlanta: SBL Press), 419 - 434, 2015
  • “Concept of the Divine in Hittite Culture and the Hebrew Bible: Expressions of the Divine”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Monotheistic Religions (JISMOR), 929 - 50, 2014
  • “Is there in the Hebrew Bible an unconditional Covenant? A glance at the scriptures with Ancient Near Eastern Texts stating the promise of land and subservience to God”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Land and People in Jewish Writings and their Interpretations: Papers read in an International Workshop held in Leo Baeck College London Feb. 28, 2013, 2013
  • “Tempeldiener-Instruktionen, Hethitische (instructions)”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Reallexikon der Assyrologie, 13580 - 581, 2013
  • “Hittite Priesthood - State Administration in the service of the Gods: Its Implications for the Interpretations of Biblical Priesthood”
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Biblische Notizen, 156155 - 175, 2013
  • Covenant Priesthood: Cross-Cultural Legal and Religious Aspects of Biblical and Hittite Priesthood
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Priests and Levites in History and Tradition, (eds.) Mark Leuchter and Jeremy Hutton (Ancient Israel and Its Literature series, 43793 , 2011
  • Biblical covenant and Hittite ishiul reexamined
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
  • The Prince, the KAR.KID Women and the arzana-house: A Hittite royal festival to the goddess Katahha (CTH 633)
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Altorientalische Forschungen, 37(1)113 - 131, 2010, English
  • The Hittite and their Culture, Itamar Singer (Mosad Bialik, 2009)-book review essay
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Beit Mikra, 153 - 171, 2009
  • The Nin.Dingir in the Hittite Kingdom: A Mesopotamian priestly office in Hatti?
    Ada Taggar-Cohen
    Altorientalische Forschungen, 33(2)313 - 327, 2006, English
  • Reflections of Hittite and Emar Practices in the Sinaitic Traditions of Moses
    Shenaton (Annual for Bible and Ancient Near Eastern studies), 1599 - 114, 2006
  • Joshua 24 and the Priestly School of Holiness
    Kirisuto-kenkyu, 6843478 , 2006
  • The NIN.DINGIR in the Hittite Kingdom: A Mesopotamian priestly office in Hatti?
    Altorientalische Forshungen, 33(2)313 - 327, 2006
  • Hittite Priesthood (Texte der Hethiter 26; Heidelberg) 2006
    Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2006
  • Political loyalty in the biblical account of 1 Samuel XX-XXII in the light of hittite texts
    A Taggar-Cohen
  • Violence at the Birth of Religion: Exodous 19-40 in Light of Ancient Near Eastern Texts
    Journal of the Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions, 1101 - 116, 2005
  • Political Loyalty in the Biblical Account of 1 Samuel xx-xxii In Light of Hittitetexts
    Vetus Testamentum, 55(2)251 - 268, 2005
  • The Covenant as Contract: Joshua 24 and the Legal Aramaic Texts from Elephantine
    Zeitshrift fur Altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte, 1127 - 50, 2005
  • The Assembly at Shechem and the Ancient Hittite Legal Tradition
    The First CISMOR Conference on Jewish Studies, 118 - 27, 2005
  • The EZEN-pulas: A Hittite Installation Rite of a New Priest in Light of the Installation of dIM Priestess in Emar.
    The Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions, 2127 - 159, 2002
  • The Casting of Lots among the Hittites, in Light of Ancient Near Eastern Parallels
    Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 2997 - 103, 2002
  • Hebrew Prepositions: A Handbook for the Study and Practice of Modern Hebrew Prepositions
    Jerusalem: Academon, 2000
  • Law and family in the 'Book of Numbers': The Levites and the "Tidennutu" documents from Nuzi (Ancient Near-Eastern cultic theology and legal terminology)
    A Taggar-Cohen
  • Law and Family in the Book of Numbers: The Levites and the tidennutu Documents from Nuzi
    Vetus Testamentum, 48(1)74 - 94, 1998
  • An Index of Grammatical Terms and Particles for "The Sumerian Language" by Marie-Louise Thompsen (Mesopotamia 10, Copenhagen 1984)
    Akkadica, (89+90)27 - 47, 1994

Research Grants & Projects

  • Ancient Anatolia and the Bible: Legal Royal Prerogative and Prescribed Rituals”
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), 2017/04 -2021/03, TAGGAR COHEN Ada
  • International Conference: International Cultural Diversity in the Ancient Near East
    Mishima Kaiunn Memorial Foundation, Academic research incentives (Research Grant), 2019/04 -2019/04