Professor Tigay Wins Cowan Literary Prize for Biblical Whodunnit

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Photo of Chanan Tigay in glasses and denim shirt standing next to brick building
Photo by Emanuele Dello Strologo

J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Journalist and San Francisco State University Associate Professor Chanan Tigay has won the 2020 Anne and Robert Cowan Writer’s Prize for “The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World’s Oldest Bible,” it was announced this week.

Born in Jerusalem, Tigay is now a resident of Oakland and a Creative Writing teacher at SFSU, though this year he’s at Harvard University as a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He has degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania and was an investigative reporting fellow at UC Berkeley.