Prof. Avigdor Shinan is a full professor in the Hebrew Literature department at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Born in Prague in 1946, he completed his higher education at The Hebrew University, where he has been teaching since 1972 while engaged in his principal research fields: the literature of the Aggadah and the Midrash,the Aramaic translations of Scriptures and the history of the Siddur. He has published around 120 articles in these various fields and more than ten books (including theAvi Chai Siddur,Pirkei Avot A New Israeli Commentary,and, in collaboration with Prof. Yair Zakovitch"That is not what the good book says").

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