Obituary: Prof. Menahem Haran

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H-Judaic is deeply saddened to learn of the passing, at age 91, of Professor Menahem Haran (1924-2015), Yehezkel Kaufmann Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the Hebrew University and one of the towering figures of Jewish biblical scholarship.  Born in Moscow, Haran and his family escaped from Russia in 1933 and came to Palestine.  He studied at the Hebrew University and then served on its faculty  until his retirement.  English readers know Haran best for his TEMPLES AND TEMPLE SERVICE IN ANCIENT ISRAEL. More recently, he produced a multi-volume history in Hebrew of the biblical canon (HA'ASUFA HAMIKRA'IT).  Haran was honored with a  festschrift (TEXTS, TEMPLES AND TRADITIONS) and was awarded the Israel Prize in 2000. An illuminating interview with Haran, by Prof. Marc Brettler, may be found here ( and a biographical article, in Hebrew Wikipedia, here:
H-Judaic extends deepest condolences to Prof. Haran's children and grandchildren.   
Jonathan Sarna
Chair, H-Judaic
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