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Scientific Advisory Board


Appointed by the President of The Hebrew University the Scientific Advisory Board ensures that manuscripts meet high sceintific and academic criteria. The board recommends high standards manuscripts for The Hebrew University Magnes Press publication program.

Board members

Professor Avigdor Shinan
Emeritus professor in the department of Hebrew literature whose research focuses around the early post-biblical literature: Rabbinic Midrash and Aggadah, the Aramaic translations of the bible and the Jewish prayer book. He has published around ten books and more than one hundred-twenty academic articles dealing with these areas of research.

Professor Meir M. Bar-Asher
Meir M. Bar-Asher, Ph. D. (1991) in Islamic Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is Professor of Arabic and current chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University. He has published on Imami Shi'i and Isma'ili doctrine and exegesis and on the Nusayri-Alawi religion. His studies include Scripture and Exegesis in Early Shi'ism [Leiden and Jerusalem 1999] and (in collaboration with Aryeh Kofsky), The Nusayri-Alawi Religion: An Enquiry into its Theology and Doctrine, Leiden 2002.

Professor Yoram Bilu
Yoram Bilu is a professor emeritus in the department of sociology and anthropology and the department of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He was the president of the Israeli Anthropological Association and the chair of the department of psychology. His areas of interest are psychological anthropology, ethnopsychiatry, folk religion, and the sanctification of space in Israel.

Professor Yemima Ben-Menahem 
Yemima Ben-Menahem is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University. Her research centers on  the philosophy of science. She is author of Conventionalism, Cambridge UP (2006), editor of Hilary Putnam, Cambridge UP (2005) and co-editor of Probability in Physics, Springer (2011). She is currently working on causal constraints in contemporary physics, such as determinism, locality and symmetry principles. Other interests of hers include American pragmatism and the philosophy of history.

Professor Gadi Glaser
Gadi Glaser MD PhD, born in Kibutz Givat Brenner, married, three daughters, grandfather to seven granddaughters. Prof emeritus in molecular genetics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and as a Dean of the school of Veterinary medicine, of the Hebrew University. Served as a member of the executive comity of EMSE. Today doing research at the Hebrew University medical school, teaching in various courses, chairman of the board of the Veterinary Hospital of the Hebrew University, and academic advisor of various projects at the Science Museum in Jerusalem.



Professor Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir 

Daphna Lewinsohn-Zamir, Louis Marshall Professor of Environmental Law. Her research focuses on property law and theory, land use and planning law and theory, normative ethics, and behavioral law and economics.

Professor Tzachi Zamir
Tzachi Zamir is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and the Department for General & Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research is on ethics and aesthetics. He has published work on the philosophy of theatre, the philosophy of literature and animal ethics. The focus of his literary research is early-modern English literature.

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