David Ben-Shlomo: “Beyond teaching in the department, I am involved in several research fields. My main research interests are South Levantine archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages, ancient iconography, and the analytical study of pottery and ceramic materials employing petrographic analysis. Recently, I initiated a multi-year archaeological excavation and research in the Jordan Valley focusing of un-excavated sites dated to the Iron Age.

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Prof. Shai is an associate professor, the Vice Dean R&D and Vice Dean of Social Studies and Humanities and the Director of The Tel Burna Archaeological Project.

Dr. Shai worked for more than a decade at the Tell es-safi/Gath project and has served as director of a number of other excavations. He finished his PhD at Bar Ilan University, under the advising of Prof. Aren Maeir. He was a post-fellow at Harvard University and a junior research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University.

His main research focus is the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Southern Levant. His studies integrate a multi-disciplinary viewpoint, which includes archaeology, history, bible, linguistics and anthropology, alongside collaboration with scholars specializing in fields such as archaeology, micro-archaeology, zoo-archaeology, etc.

Professor Yossi Goldstein is a scholar specializing in two areas of the modern history of the Jewish people: the early history of Zionism and the initial decades of the State of Israel. He has written dozens of books and more than 100 articles that have been published by leading publishers and journals in his field. Among his works are nine biographies of prominent historical figures including four Israeli prime ministers: Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and, most recently, David Ben-Gurion.

Dr. Yonatan Adler is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Ariel University, specializing in the archaeology of ancient Jewish ritual practices. Dr. Adler directs the Origins of Judaism Archaeological Project, the first comprehensive and systematic effort at uncovering the beginnings and early development of Judaism by studying the archaeological evidence of ancient Jewish ritual practices. His research in recent years has focused on archaeological manifestations of ritual purity observance, including chalk vessels and miqwa’ot (ritual baths), as well as ancient tefillin (phylacteries) from the Judean Desert and the Jewish dietary laws. He has directed excavations at numerous sites throughout Israel, and currently directs excavations at ‘Einot Amitai, site of a chalk vessel workshop in Galilee. 

Dr. Ackermann is a senior lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Ariel University. He is studying the cultural landscape and reconstructs the ancient landscape system of Israel in the environs of archaeological sites.  He also studies the paleoanthropocene of the East Mediterranean; the effects of climate changes/fluctuations during the Holocene on ancient societies and the landscape of Israel. In his doctorate project, Oren investigated the interrelationship between the environmental history and human history in the area of Tell es-Safi/Gath (also known as Tel Zfait, the biblical Gath). At the time, it was a pioneering research approach in Israel.

Main Interests:

  • Reconstruction of the ancient heritage landscape of Israel, in association with

archaeological sites

  • Studying ecogeomorphology, the relationships between geomorphology and


Dr. Adi Eliyahu started her academic journey as a chemist. During her PhD studies (2008), she trained in archaeology. For over a decade, she has been engaged in archaeological research and excavations. She routinely applies analytical techniques for solving archaeological and historical problems/questions. Her main interest lies in the reconstruction and understanding of ancient pyro-technological processes, such as the production of metals, plaster, ceramic, glass and glazes.

One of Dr. Eliyahu’s current projects deals with the technological aspects and provenance of iron smelting in the Southern Levant during the Early Iron Age. This project is interdisciplinary by nature. It combines the analysis of archaeological materials in the lab together with performing a set of experimental trials in the field, which involve collaboration between geochemists, archaeometallurgists and professional iron smelters.

Prof. Yahalom’s research focuses on Medieval Jewish intellectual history. Standard accepted scholarly opinion maintains that Nahmanides was primarily a mystic and Bible interpreter. In actuality, most of his extant literary compositions are legal texts and Talmudic commentary. Yahalom’s research seeks to balance the proportions of Nahmanides’ complex multifaceted personae. Special focus is placed on strong influences between Nahmanides, the Catalonian, and the Sages of Provence, just to his north, successfully reconstructing lost Talmudic commentaries of the Sages of Provence. Yahalom edited studies on Alfasi, one of the great early sages of North Africa and Spain. In recent years, Yahalom’s focus has shifted to the literature of the Tosafits, composed in France and Germany, and to study of the medieval Jewish family: the Catalonian family unit, age of marriage, and family planning. Yahalom published thirty-four articles, all in esteemed, peer-reviewed Israeli and international journals. Several other articles are currently in press. In 2013, Yahalom published a book entitled, “Between Gerona and Narbonne: Nahmanides Literary Sources”. Yahalom is considered a scholarly authority on the teachings of Nahmanides and an expert in the field of medieval Jewish Law.

Dr. Mashiach is interested in four major research fields, in which I combine inter- disciplinary studies, such as general philosophy, Jewish philosophy, jurisprudence, halakha, rabbinic literature, sociology, hermeneutics and history.

Dr. Aviram Ravitsky is a senior lecturer at Ariel University. He earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, and was a post-doctoral fellow of The Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University.

Ravitsky specializes in medieval Jewish philosophy, mainly in the fields of theology, Aristotelian logic, the influence of Aristotelian philosophy on Jewish legal writings and the thought of Maimonides and his followers. His research focuses also on the Maimonidean Provençal scholars in the 14th and 15th centuries, and on the Karaite-Rabbanite controversy in the Middle Ages.