Yadin Library Acquired by HUC-JIR

The Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion has acquired about 7,000 books and several thousand journals and documents from the personal library of the late Israeli archaeologist Yigael Yadin.

Yadin’s library will be housed in the College’s Jerusalem branch in Israel. Yadin himself wrote several classic books on archaeology, including “The Message of the Scrolls, Hazor” (Yadin directed excavations at Hazor in the 1950s), “The Finds from the Cave of Bar Kochba,” and “Masada-Herod’s Fortress and the Zealot’s Last Stand.”

Yadin’s father, Prof. Eleazar Sukenik, was also a renowned archaeologist who interpreted the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The library contains specialized books on archaeology and history of the ancient Near East, the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the archaeology and history of the Second Temple period. Many of the books collected by Yadin and his father are now considered rare.

President of the College-Institute, Dr. Alfred Gottschalk, said Yadin’s library would prove invaluable to the College’s Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology in Jerusalem.

The College has plans for a major new building to hold Yadin’s library which will be constructed in Jerusalem in the near future.

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