Scientific board

Appointed by the president of the Hebrew University, the Scientific Advisory Board ensures that manuscripts meet high scientific and academic criteria. The board recommends quality manuscripts for the Magnes Press publication program.


Daniel Schwartz
Full Professor in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. His research deals with the Second Temple period, and among his books are detailed translations of "The Book of Maccabim" and "The Life of Joseph" by Joseph ben Mattityahu. From 2020 he serves as the academic director of the "Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities".

Joshua Levinson
Professor in the Department of Literature at the Hebrew University. Researches and teaches midrash literature and legend in sage literature. Deals with descriptive poetics of midrash literature as well as travel descriptions in sage writings.

Pazit Ben-Nun Bloom
Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University and Director of the Laboratory for Political Psychology. Her research focuses on the relationship between morality and religion, democrtic values and the exposure of cultural symbols in the public sphere.

Joseph Witztum
Dr. in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at the Hebrew University. His research deals with the Koran and its interpretation, Hadith literature, pre-Islamic Syriac literature, and incarnations of midrash traditions between Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Anat Zohar
Professor at the School of Education of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among her publications are numerous books and articles on the transformation from teaching methods based on conveying knowledge to teaching centred on research and thought development. Former chairwoman of the Pedagogic Department of the Ministry of Education (2006-2009).

Menahem Blondheim
Professor of communications and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Chairman of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His research focuses on new technology in the field of communications, American history and Jewish history. He also heads the American Studies Program at the Hebrew University, serves as chairman of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Cinema Archive and is a member of the scientific boards of the Falk Institute, Davis Institute, the Minerva Center for Human Rights, the Scholas Occurrentes Group, AIX and other institutions.

Manuela Consonni
Manuela Consonni is the Pela and Adam Starkopf Chair in Holocaust Studies. She is a Professor at the Department of  Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and at the Department of Romance Studies. Her field of research are:  Shoah History and Literature; History of Antisemitism and Racism; History of Italian Jewry; Italian Modern and Contemporary History; Political and Social History of Modern and .Contemporary Europe

Moshe Halbertal
Professor of Jewish thought and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a professor of law at the University of New York.