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Humanities Division

About the Humanities Division

The Israel Academy’s Humanities Division, headed by Prof. Yosef Kaplan, consists of more than 50 members from the humanities and the social sciences, from such disciplines as archaeology, linguistics, religion, history, ancient Near East studies, economics, political science, Jewish thought, biblical studies, law, mathematics, statistics and game theory, literature, behavioral sciences, and philosophy.

The Onomasticon of Eretz Israel Project

The Onomasticon of Eretz Israel (The Onomasticon of Iudaea•Palaestina and Arabia in the Greek and Latin Sources) consolidates all the passages in Greek and Latin that mention geographic and ethnic names in Eretz Israel (Palestine) and its immediate vicinity, from the middle of the fourth century BCE (shortly before the conquest of the area by Alexander the Great) until the Muslim conquest in the middle of the seventh century CE.

The Ezra Fleischer Geniza Research Institute for Hebrew Poetry

The institute was founded by the Israel Academy in 1967, with the aim of deciphering, identifying and cataloguing fragments of liturgical poems (piyutim) preserved in the Cairo Geniza. The initiative was made possible by the National Library of Israel's Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, which consolidates photographs of the manuscripts in most of the Geniza collections around the world.

Monumenta Germaniae Historica

The Israel Academy and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH), Munich, Germany, have established a joint project to prepare critical editions of Hebrew writings from medieval Ashkenaz (i.e., Franco-Germany) communities.

The Middle Persian Dictionary Project

The dictionary project is a collaborative effort of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome, the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in Paris and the Union Académique Internationale.

The Young Scholars Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Young Scholars Forum was launched in 2004 with the aim of bringing together outstanding young scholars in Israel. In addition to serving as a platform for discussion and thought, the forum is designed to promote collaborative intellectual and research activity among researchers from different institutions and from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposium – GISFOH

The German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposium (GISFOH) is a series of interdisciplinary binational conferences established in 2009 and co-organized by the Israel Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Past Projects

Among the Humanities Division past projects: Hebrew Palaeography Project, History Discipline Committee, The Prayer Project, Halakhic Literature in Judaeo-Arabic and Jewish Liturgy.