Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, PhD, is Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC–JIR) in Los Angeles, the first woman appointed to the Rabbinical Faculty at HUC–JIR. She is the editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (2008), which won the National Jewish Book of the Year Award. Her publications include In an Age of Prose: A Literary Approach to Ezra–Nehemiah (1988), Telling Queen Michal's Story (1991) and the JPS Bible Commentary: Ruth (2011; winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies). She was ordained in 2013 (HUC-JIR, LA). Eskenazi also recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012–2013).