Eyal Ben-Eliyahu
Haifa University

Prof. Eyal Ben-Eliyahu is the head of the Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa. He earned his Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a researcher at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, conducted post-doctoral studies as the Harry Star Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University and at Tel-Aviv University, and was a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Ben-Eliyahu's fields of interest include the perceptions of geographic space, borders, holy places in Jewish consciousness in antiquity, and comparing these perceptions to those prevalent in Roman tradition and ancient Christian beliefs in the same period. He is the author of Between Borders: Jewish Consciousness in the Second Temple and Roman-Byzantine Periods (Yad Ben-Zvi, 2013); Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity (135-700 CE): A Handbook, (Oxford 2013 [with (the late) Fergus Millar and Yehudah Cohen]), and most recently, Identity and Territory: The Jewish Perceptions of Space in Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2019). Ben-Eliyahu also founded a digital atlas focused on mapping the Jewish world in antiquity (

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April 23, 2023

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