Michael V. Fox (b. 1941) is an American biblical scholar.[1] He is a Halls-Bascom Professor Emeritus[2] in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Fox has been described as a "highly regarded authority on biblical wisdom literature."[3]


Fox received his rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College; then studied Biblical Studies and Egyptology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving a PhD in 1972. He taught in Israel for several years and in 1977 moved to Madison, where he taught in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. Named Max and Frieda Weinstein-Bascom Professor in 1991 in Jewish Studies and Halls-Bascom Professor of Hebrew in 1999, he took a sabbatical in Israel in 2006 and then taught as George Mosse Exchange Professor at the Hebrew University.

Published works

A bibliographical article by L.J. Mykytiuk reviewing the publications of Michael V. Fox appeared in Fox's Festschrift.[4]


  • Proverbs 1-9 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
  • Proverbs 10-31 (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)
  • Character and Ideology in the Book of Esther Second Edition with a New Postscript on A Decade of Esther Scholarship
  • Ecclesiastes: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation (The Jps Bible Commentary)
  • The Song of Songs and the Ancient Egyptian Love Songs
  • A Time to Tear Down and a Time to Build Up: A Rereading of Ecclesiastes


Fox's articles are available at his Academia.edu profile.[5]


  1. ^ A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by Michael V. Fox. "Proverbs 1-9 - Fox, Michael V. - Yale University Press". Yalepress.yale.edu. Retrieved 2012-09-26.