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.
The Faculty of Humanities is a wellspring of Israel’s intellectual life and a worldwide leader that was recently ranked 41st among the world’s universities in the arts and humanities. It spans a rich diversity of disciplines and research fields — from cultures, civilizations and languages to education, archaeology and the full array of Jewish studies — whose variety reflects the breadth of human experience.
Universities can play a major urban role as anchor institutes for the city – opening their campuses and facilities to neighboring areas; enriching the city’s residents in education, health, and culture as well as employment. However, this issue is a complex one, especially in Israel, where universities are literally walled off and access is only possible through guarded entry points. Can the Israeli university actually help create a better city?More
The study, undertaken with the assistance of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), analyzes a group of images drawn in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the monasteries of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate of Jerusalem, which are in fact maps that depict Jerusalem and the Holy Land. These maps were drawn in a style typical of ecclesiastic art and are very different from the maps that we know today, which have been widespread in the West since printing began. This group of “maps-icons” has unique characteristics in terms of content, cartographic outlook, and iconography. They were drawn in Jerusalem and sold to pilgrims who took them home as souvenirs from the Holy Land; thus, they were distributed around the world.More
Exhaustive analysis by the Hebrew University's Prof. Shaul Stampfer of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies has concluded that the popular story of the conversion of the Khazars, a central Asian people, is a legend with no factual basis. Having reexamined the original sources of the story, Prof. Stampfer found many distortions, contradictions and false references. The refutation of the Khazar conversion narrative may force historians to reevaluate their understanding of Eastern European Jewish history.More
A study conducted by Dr. Leore Grosman and Dr. Enora Gandon of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, with colleagues from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and Deakin University in Australia, proves that different cultural approaches to various tasks do not necessarily produce different results. Their research approach, says the team, represents an innovative way of assessing the cultural aspect of human motor skills.More