Bachelor, Columbia College, 1961. MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1963. Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1972.
Lecturer Hunter College, City University of New York, New York City, 1967—1971. Instructor Queens (New York ) College, City University of New York, 1971—1972. Assistant professor Cornell University, Ithaca, 1972—1974, University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1974—1978.
From associate professor to professor Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute Religion, New York City, since 1978. Member editorial board Hebrew Studies, Madison, Wisconsin, 1999—2003, Hebrew Union College Annual, Cincinnati, since 1984, Modern Jewish Studies, Oxford, England, since 2002.
Married Edna Hirsch Nash, June 27, 1967. 1 child Ethan;1 child Rebecca Judith Nash Cohen.