Humanities

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities was the Hebrew University’s first faculty, and has since been home to the great minds that have nurtured and inspired subsequent generations.

 


Nine hundred early Holocaust interviews available online for first time


The Hebrew University's Division of Oral History has launched a new website that provides public access to 900 previously unavailable Holocaust-related voice recordings and transcripts. This website will serve as an invaluable resource benefitting the study, research and production of materials relating to the Shoah.


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Increase in humanities enrollment in current academic year at Hebrew University

There has been a promising rise in humanities studies at the Hebrew University this year, with both linguistics and history of art seeing an 80 percent increase in students, while the number of students registering for master's programs in the humanities rose by 25 percent. Faculty of Humanities Dean Prof. Reuven Amitai emphasized the importance of the humanities in enhancing cultural thought and perpetuating human and cultural heritage. More

Ancient golden treasure found at foot of Temple Mount

A gold medallion etched with a menorah, Torah scroll and shofar (ram’s horn) — uncovered during recent excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount — is described by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar as “a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery.” The “Ophel treasure” cache also included 36 gold coins spanning more than two centuries and gold and silver jewelry.

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A first in Israel: Melton Center of Hebrew University offering MA course in Jewish education, taught in English

For the first time in Israel, a new one-year master’s program in Jewish education, aimed at Jewish and non-Jewish educators and taught in English, gives students who are not fluent in Hebrew the added dimension of ‘the Israel experience.’ In addition to Jewish educators, the program is geared to those from non-Jewish minority groups who are interested in acquiring the educational tools that will help them preserve their legacy.

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Summer discoveries: archaeological digs uncover inscription from time of Kings David & Solomon in Jerusalem, fragments of unique Sphinx in Tel Hazor

The Institute of Archaeology’s 2013 excavation season has yielded several key finds. Working near Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, Dr. Eilat Mazar has uncovered the oldest alphabetical written text ever found in the city, from the times of Kings David and Solomon. In an unexpected discovery at a site near the Sea of Galilee, Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor and Dr. Sharon Zuckerman unearthed part of a unique Sphinx belonging to pyramid-building pharaoh King Mycerinus.

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Israel Museum presents first exhibition on King Herod featuring newly discovered tomb

February 15, 2013: In 2007, after a 40-year search, renowned archaeologist Professor Ehud Netzer of the Hebrew University’s Institute for Archeology discovered King Herod’s tomb at Herodium on the edge of the Judean Desert. The world’s first exhibition on the life and legacy of Herod recently opened at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem; it is dedicated to the memory of Prof. Netzer who died in 2010, at the site of his seminal discovery.

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