Авигдор Шинан

Авигдор Шинан


Avigdor Shinan (Associate Professor, Department of Hebrew Literature) General Research Interests: Biblical Interpretation, Mishnah, Targum, Jewish Prayerbook. Current Research Projects: Midrash Shemot Rabbah, chapters 15-52 (a critical edition); The Book of Jonah in ancient Jewish literature (with Prof. Y. Zakovitch). Biography: Professor Avigdor Shinan was born in Prague in 1946, and emigrated to Israel in 1949. From 1964 to 1967, Professor Shinan served in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 1972, he received B.A. in Biblical Studies and Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1978, he received Ph.D. from the Hebrew University. From 1979 to 1980, Professor Shinan conducted post-doctoral research at Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary (NY). Professor Shinan served as Lecturer in the Department of Hebrew Literature at the Hebrew University in the years 1979-1983, and as Senior Lecturer in the years 1983-1991. In the years 1984-85, Professor Shinan was invited by Yale University and The Jewish Theological Seminary (NY) as Visiting Professor. He served as the Editor of Kiryat Sefer, a bibliographical quarterly of the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem. Professor Shinan was invited by Yeshiva University (NY) as Visiting Professor in the years 1991-92. And since 1991, Professor Shinan has served the Department of Hebrew Literature at Hebrew University as Associate Professor. Publications: (Books) -- (1) The Biblical Story as Reflected in its Aramaic Translations (in Hebrew). Tel Aviv: Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 1993; (2) The Embroidered Targum: the Aggadah in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to the Pentateuch (in Hebrew). Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1992; (3) The World of the Aggadah (Broadcast University Series). Tel-Aviv: Publication of the Ministry of Defense, 1990 (Original Hebrew edition, 1987; Russian translation, 1990); (4) Midrash Shemot Rabbah, Chapters I-XIV. A Critical Edition Based on a Jerusalem Manuscript, with Variants, Commentary, and Introduction (in Hebrew). Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Dvir Publishing House, 1984; (5) The Book of Genesis in the Bible, the Old Versions and the Ancient Jewish Literature (Monograph Series, co-authored with Y. Zakovitch, in Hebrew). Five Volumes, 1983-1992; (6) The Aggadah in the Aramaic Targums to the Pentateuch (in Hebrew). Jeruasalem: Makor Publications, 1979. (Ph.D. dissertation, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1978); (5) with J. Heinemann, The Statutory Prayers of the Sabbath and the Weekdays (in Hebrew). Tel-Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 1977. (Articles) -- Over fifty articles in Hebrew or English on various issues related to ancient biblical interpretation, especially Midrash and Targum.