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Director, The Rivlin Institute for the History of the Land of Israel and its Settlement

I have been teaching at Bar-Ilan and at other institutions for over 25 years. During that period I have prepared and taught at least 20 different courses in the areas of the history, archaeology and historical geography of Israel in the biblical period. My main research interests are the history of the People of Israel and the Land of Israel during the biblical and early Second Temple periods, within the context of the Ancient Near East; Historical geography and the interface between the Bible, archaeology and history; Biblical genealogies; The society of biblical Israel. I have recently completed the first of a three-volume commentary on the Book of Chronicles, and am engaged in several other research projects. Over the years, I have also been involved in several archaeological excavations, and have taught in training courses for tour guides in Israel.

Academic areas of interest

  1. History, archaeology and historical geography of the ancient Levant.
  2. Biblical Israel in the Iron Age
  3. The Persian and Hellenistic Periods.
  4. The society of ancient Israel.
  5. The religion of ancient Israel and its neighbors.
  6. Biblical toponomy.
  7. Biblical genealogies as a source of information on the society of ancient Israel.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Bar-Ilan University

Jan 1990Jan 2000

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1988Oct 1999

Award Date: 1 Oct 1999

Bachelor, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1986Oct 1988

Award Date: 1 Oct 1988


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