A Dynamic Approach in the Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem focuses on human civilization in the past and present, as expressed through many means and forms: language, literature, folklore, philosophy, religion, history and other vital intellectual pursuits.

Areas of expertise include Jewish civilization from its origins in the ancient Near East, through its manifestations today in Israel and worldwide; the peoples and cultures of the Middle East, from the origins of recorded human existence to the present day; Western civilization, from the Classical period in the Mediterranean region, through the emergence of modern Europe and its cultural descendants in the Western Hemisphere; and the cultures of Asia, with emphasis on East and South Asia and the historically important Eurasian Steppe region.

Dr. Eilat Mazar Finds Ancient Golden Treasure

at Foot of Temple Mount

The Mandel School for Advanced Studies

in the Humanities


Teaching in the Faculty is organized into specialized departments that are further concentrated under the auspices of five schools: Arts, History, Language Sciences, Literatures, and Philosophy and Religion. The Hebrew University is also home to five major Institutes: Archaeology, Asian and African Studies, Contemporary Jewry, Jewish Studies, and Western Culture.  These institutes provide a forum for interaction between scholars and facilitate interdisciplinary learning and research.

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, founded through the generosity of the Mandel Foundation, is creating a wonderful new chapter in the study of the humanities, drawing upon the talent of outstanding graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members. The new Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities building is being constructed on The Hebrew University’s Scopus campus, proximate to the Yitzhak Rabin Building, which houses the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center, an elite center for scholarship.

Revivim Honors Teacher-Training Program

in Jewish Studies

Award-Winning Faculty