Professor Isaiah M. Gafni, Ph.D.

Professor Isaiah M. Gafni
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • Hebrew University, Jerusalem
I've taught students about ancient Judaism for more than 40 years at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Dr. Isaiah M. Gafni is the Sol Rosenbloom Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned his Ph.D. and has taught for more than 40 years. He was formerly the Director of the Mandel Center of Jewish Studies at the university and also previously served as Director of Graduate Studies at the university's Rothberg International School. He has been a visiting professor at numerous American universities, including Harvard, Yale, and Brown. Professor Gafni has written extensively on a broad range of topics relating to the social, religious, and cultural history of the Jews in late antiquity, including more than 100 entries in the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Professor Gafni was honored as the Louis Jacobs Fellow in Rabbinic Thought at Oxford University in 1994 and received Hebrew University's Michael Milken Prize for exceptional teaching. Professor Gafni has written or edited more than 15 books on aspects of Jewish history, including Land, Center and Diaspora: Jewish Constructs in Late Antiquity. His book The Jews of Talmudic Babylonia: A Social and Cultural History was honored with the 1992 Holon Prize in Jewish Studies.

Testimonials

"Dr. Gafni brought many new ideas to my understanding of Jewish history, but my enjoyment was due even more to his enthusiasm and excitement about his subject. I would love to see more by Dr. Gafni."

 

"I thought Dr. Gafni's treatment of the Second Temple Period was incredibly informative. This course was way more comprehensive and engaging than the one I paid a fortune for in seminary. Highly recommended!"

26 Courses and Sets

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26 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion; Great World Religions, 2nd Edition; & Introduction to the Study of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,509.65 Starting at $1,509.65 $1,509.65 $1,509.65$1,509.65
    Travel deep into the heart of religion as it is felt and practiced around the world with this three-course introduction to the profound nature of faith. First, explore the nature of faith with Comparative Religion, an in-depth look at how five great faiths address core issues in parallel and different ways. Then, investigate the history and nature of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism in Great...
  2. (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Exploring the Roots of Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,169.70 Starting at $1,169.70 $1,374.70 $1,169.70$1,374.70
    Travel to the ancient and spiritual heart of the religious experience. In Exploring the Roots of Religion, learn how sacred buildings, complexes, tomb structures, artwork, and more have provided us with unparalleled knowledge about early spiritual practices and beliefs from around the world. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition gives you an insider's look at the world's five major faiths—Judaism, Christianity,...
  3. (Set) Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century & Beginnings of Judaism  Set

    (Set) Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century & Beginnings of Judaism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Explore the roots of Jewish history, ritual, and intellectual thought and get a comprehensive look at this ancient faith. In Jewish Intellectual History: 16th to 20th Century, explore Judaism's intellectual approach to change, challenge, and the modern world. Then, witness Judaism's growth from its biblical roots to the highly developed system of beliefs we know today in Beginnings of Judaism.
  4. (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Comparative Religion & Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,254.70 Starting at $1,254.70 $1,254.70 $1,254.70$1,254.70
    Master the beliefs, practices, and importance of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Comparative Religion is your chance to grasp how these five great religions address the same core issues in parallel and different ways. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition, is an encyclopedic examination of the vibrant heart of each of these five faiths.
  5. (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine/Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,254.70 Starting at $1,254.70 $1,254.70 $1,254.70$1,254.70
  6. Great World Religions, 2nd Edition Set

    Great World Religions, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.75 Starting at $849.75 $999.75 $849.75$999.75
    Join five top college professors in this all-new version of Great World Religions, an authoritative, informative, and up-to-date survey of the history and nature of the world's five major faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. How are these religions alike? How are they dissimilar? What issues are most meaningful to each religion's adherents? This 60-lecture tour does more than just enhance...