Center for Israel Studies


Center for Israel Studies Publications


CIS publications express the richness of our conferences and YU scholarship.



Aaron Koller and Daniel Tsadik, eds., Iranians and Jews (Wipf and Stock, 2019)

Steven Fine, ed. Jewish Religious Architecture:  From Biblical Israel to Modern Judaism (Brill, 2019)


Forthcoming in our new series with Wipf and Stock publishers:
Jeffrey Saks and Shalom Carmy, Agnon's Tales of the Land of Israel (2019)
Joshua Karlip, World War I and the Jews
Shana Schick, Land and Spirituality in Rabbinic Literature
Jill Katz, The Philistines (provisional Title)


Forthcoming with Penn State Press
The Arch of Titus: From Jerusalem to Rome and Back, eds. S. FIne. J. Wisse, with YU Museum, forthcoming in 2020
The Samaritans: A Biblical People, ed. S. Fine, with YU Museum, forthcoming in 2021
Forthcoming with Hakibbutz Hameuchad
Steven Fine, מעשה ידי אומן: יהדות ואומנות בימי רומא וביזנטיון (=The Work of a Master Craftsman: Judaism and Art in Late Antiquity), tr. Ronela Merdler, forthcoming in 2019.  



The newest publication of the CIS, based upon our 2011 conference:
Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine brings together an international community of historians, literature scholars and archaeologists to explorehow the integrated study of rabbinic texts and archaeology increases our understanding of both types of evidence, and of the complex culture which they together reflect. This volume reflects a growing consensus that rabbinic culture was an “embodied” culture, presenting a series of case studies that demonstrate the value of archaeology for the contextualization of rabbinic literature. It steers away from later twentieth-century trends, particularly in North America, that stressed disjunction between archaeology and rabbinic literature, and seeks a more holistic approach. 


Cover Shoshannat Yaakov

Shoshannat Yaakov honors Yaakov Elman, Professor of Talmud at Yeshiva University, and celebrates Elman’s contributions to a broad range of disciplines within Jewish and Iranian studies. The fruits of Elman’s seminal project of bringing together of scholars of Iranian studies and Talmud in ways that have transformed both disciplines, are well represented in this volume, together with scholarship that ranges from Second Temple Judaism to Late Antique Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Samaritanism and Christianity.


Cover The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah

The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah brings together an interdisciplinary and broad-ranging international community of scholars to discuss aspects of the history and continued life of the Jerusalem Temple in Western culture, from biblical times to the present. 

This volume is the fruit of the inaugural conference of the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies, which convened in New York City on May 11-12, 2008 and honors Professor Louis H. Feldman, Abraham Wouk Family Professor of Classics and Literature at Yeshiva University. Feldman is the doyen of modern scholarship on Judaism in the Greco-Roman period, focusing on the writings of Flavius Josephus. A beloved mentor to generations of Yeshiva University students and of scholars across the globe, Professor Feldman has taught at YU since 1955.