Eyal Ben-Eliyahu is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa. He heads Haifa University's graduate program on Judaism as Culture.  Ben-Eliyahu's main fields of interest include the perceptions of geographic space, borders, and holy places in Jewish consciousness in Antiquity. He is also interested in comparing these perceptions to those prevalent in Roman tradition and Christian belief in the same period. His book Between Borders: Jewish Consciousness in the Second Temple and Roman-Byzantine Periods was published by Yad Ben-Zvi (2013). He also published, together with Fergus Millar and Yehudah Cohen, Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity (135700 CE): A Handbook, (Oxford, 2013). His forthcoming book, Identity and Territory: The Jewish Perception of Space in Late Antiquity, will be published by the University of California Press.  Ben-Eliyahu also founded a website focused on mapping the Jewish diaspora in Late Antiquity (diaspora.haifa.ac.il). The website will soon be expanded to include a complete digital atlas of the Jews in Late Antiquity.

Ben-Eliyahu earned his Ph.D at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a researcher at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University (2007–2009). He conducted post-doctoral studies as the Harry Star Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University (2010), and at Tel-Aviv University (2011).


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