Tzvi Abusch, the Rose B. and Joseph Cohen Professor of Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern Religion, received a Ph.D. in Assyriology from Harvard University. He has taught at McMaster University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, he has held several visiting teaching posts, including most recently one at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (2009).
He has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships; most recently, he was a member of the Institutes for Advanced Study in Princeton (2003-4) and in Jerusalem (2006).
His primary fields of research and publication are Mesopotamian religion, magic, literature, and thought as well as biblical and Babylonian interconnections.
He has published many studies on Mesopotamian magic and mythology. A number of his studies on witchcraft are to be found in his Mesopotamian Witchcraft: Towards a History and Understanding of Babylonian Witchcraft Beliefs and Literature (Leiden: Brill/Styx, 2002). He has recently completed the first volume (together with D. Schwemer) of Corpus of Mesopotamian Anti-witchcraft Rituals (Leiden: Brill, 2011).