In the Humanities, the Academy publishes monographs, multi-authored volumes and lectures of lasting worth in history, religion, philosophy, literature, linguistics, art and other areas. Many publications are critical editions of manuscripts and other basic source texts in Judaica and related fields.
In the natural sciences, the Academy publishes authoritative compilations on the fauna, flora and geology of the region and surveys of environmental issues. The Academy's role of advising the government on matters relating to research and scientific planning comes to expression in a series of publications on science policy.
Many of the lectures delivered at events held by the Academy are published in the Proceedings of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
2017 Publications of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities:
Onomasticon of Iudaea • Palaestina in the Greek and Latin Sources
Volume II, Part 1: Aalac mons – Arabia, Chapter 4
Volume II, Part 2: Arabia, Chapter 5 – Azzeira; Research Bibliography, Indexes and Maps
by Leah Di Segni and Yoram Tsafrir, with Judith Green
The Onomasticon, a monumental endeavor begun in the 1960s by the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah, collates all the known Greek and Latin literary and documentary sources mentioning geographical and ethnic names attested in Iudaea, under the Hasmonaean and Herodian dynasties, and in the Roman and Byzantine provinces of Palaestina and Arabia – an area today spread over Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, Sinai and southern Syria.
The source texts, dating from the fourth century BCE to the seventh century CE, are culled from over 1,300 texts by more than 750 separate authors, and from papyri, inscriptions and coins. The individual place names are arranged in alphabetical entries, each presenting a comprehensive collection of excerpts from the texts in which that place is mentioned. Where possible, the places are identified and described on the basis of up-to-date archaeological and bibliographical research.
Volume I (2015) contains an annotated bibliography of the primary source texts, a collection of major texts from which many of the sources in the alphabetical entries are excerpted, and a listing of all the place names covered in the series. Volume II, in two parts, contains the entries for geographical names beginning with the letter A, including the massive entry for Arabia.
Part 1: 2017. iv + 688 + iv pp. 18 × 27 cm. Cloth.
Part 2: 2017. iv + 726 + iv pp., 12 maps. 18 × 27 cm. Cloth.
Specimens of Mediaeval Hebrew Scripts
Volume Three: Ashkenazic Script
by Edna Engel and Malachi Beit-Arié
The “Specimens of Mediaeval Hebrew Scripts” series, a product of the Academy’s Hebrew Palaeography Project, documents, describes and classifies types of Hebrew scripts on the basis of date-bearing Hebrew manuscripts selected from among the thousands of manuscripts kept in some 200 libraries around the world. It serves as a comparative tool for identifying the types of scripts used in undated manuscripts and estimating their time and provenance. The first volume in the series treats Oriental and Yemenite scripts; the second – the Sephardic script. The newly published third volume treats the Ashkenazic script – the Hebrew book script used at least from the last quarter of the twelfth century in and around the German lands, in northern and central France and in England, and from the end of the fourteenth century also in northern Italy, to which Jews had migrated from the German lands and from France, following the expulsion of the Jews there.
Each of the varied manuscripts described in the volume is presented in a two-page spread, in which a sample page, reproduced, as far as possible, in its actual size, faces a graphically produced chart of the manuscript’s characteristic letter shapes (not only those of the sample page). Alongside the chart appear the manuscript’s details: the time and place of writing; the type of writing; the names (if known) of the scribe and, where relevant, the vocalizer; the intended beneficiary; a brief description of the contents; comments by the volume’s authors; and citation information for the displayed page.
The volumes in the series are elegantly produced, in large format. The third volume is dual-language in English and Hebrew.
2017. 504 pp. 24 × 34 cm. Cloth.
Dynamics of Continuity, Patterns of Change
Between World History and Comparative Historical Sociology
In memory of Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt
Edited by Benjamin Z. Kedar, Ilana Friedrich Silber and Adam Klin-Oron
Published jointly by the Israel Academy and the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
The volume is based on the lectures delivered at a workshop hosted jointly by the Israel Academy and the Van Leer Institute commemorating Prof. Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt and at a memorial evening held at the Israel Academy on the first anniversary of his passing.
Benjamin Z. Kedar
On Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt: Opening Remarks
On a Personal Note – My Father
A Contemporary Classic: Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt’s Research Program and Its Contexts
Confronting World / Global History with Eisenstadt’s Civilizational Analysis: Promises and Problems
Benjamin Z. Kedar
Cultural Persistence despite Total Political Collapse: The Role of Elites
Post-Imperial Emperors? Traditional Chinese Political Culture and Its Afterlife
Elisabeth S. Clemens
Dynamics of Nation-Building: Benevolence and Liberalism in American Political Development
Multiple Modernities, World History and the Global Rise of Human Rights
The Problem of Scale in Comparative History
Yuval Noah Harari
Does History Have a Direction?
S.N. Eisenstadt: List of Publications (compiled by B.Z. Kedar)
2017. 300 pp. 15 × 24 cm. Cloth.
Scientist, Statesman, and Architect of Science Policy
Edited by Benjamin Z. Kedar
The contents of this volume are based on the lectures delivered at a conference commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of Weizmann’s passing, held at the Israel Academy in January 2013. Also included are 33 photos that were displayed at an exhibition accompanying the conference. The book was first published in Hebrew in 2015.
Benjamin Z. Kedar
Introduction: Chaim Weizmann, Scientist and Statesman
Weizmann’s Organic Chemistry in Academia and Industry
Weizmann’s Science Policy
I. Weizmann the Scientist: The Early Period
II. The University Plans, 1902–1925
III. From Jerusalem to Rehovot, from a Research and Teaching University to Research Institutes
Weizmann and the Hebrew University
Wealth or Genius? The Struggle of Weizmann and Einstein for Academic Excellence at the Hebrew University
The Weizmann Institute of Science: A Living Memorial to the Founder of Scientific Research in Israel
Benjamin Z. Kedar
The Description of Weizmann’s First Encounter with Balfour, 1906: Legendary or Factual?
Weizmann: The Making of a Statesman
Weizmann and His Scientific Colleagues in Germany: Competitors and Standard-Bearers
Weizmann and the Arabs
Weizmann: Applied Science and Patents
Raphael Lamed and Edward A. Bayer
Discovery of the Cellulosome: In the Footsteps of Weizmann’s Vision for Biofuels
Chaim Weizmann: List of Scientific Publications
compiled by Benjamin Z. Kedar
Chaim Weizmann: List of Patents
compiled by Yigal Burstein
Unpublished Passages on Science in the Drafts of Weizmann’s Autobiography, Trial and Error
2017. 340 pp. 15 × 24 cm. Hardcover.
Equality – A Fable: Understanding the Recent American Election
by Guido Calabresi
Proceedings of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, English Series, vol. IX, no. 4
The Martin Buber Memorial Lectures
Who bears the burden of achieving equality, when bringing it about requires government action to benefit disadvantaged groups? Too often, elites, while furthering such noble goals, let that burden fall on others rather than bearing it themselves. Populist reactions, frequently violent toward the groups that the action intended to aid, often result. This lecture, after giving historical examples, argues that elites must be conscious of such populist backlashes. And it asserts that, rather than abandoning the goals, the elites must be visibly in the forefront of bearing the costs of achieving them.
The lecture was delivered on 20 December 2016.
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