List of Publications


Meir Bar-Ilan

1 'Taqanat R. Abbahu in Caesarea', Sinai, 96 (1985), pp. 57-66 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

2 'The Throne of God: What is under it, What is opposite it, What is near it', Da`at, 15 (1985), pp. 21-35 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

3 'Writing Torah Scrolls, Tefillin, Mezuzoth and Amulets on Deer Leather', Beit-Mikra, 30/102 (1985), pp. 375-381 (Hebrew).

4 'A Rock, a Stone and a Seat that Moses sat on', Sidra, 2 (1986), pp. 15-23 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

5 'The Occurrences and the Significance of the Yoser Ha`adam Benediction', HUCA, 56 (1985), pp. 9-27 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

6 'The Character and Source of Megillat Ta`anit', Sinai, 98 (1986), pp. 114-137 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

7 'Observations on the Mahzor concerning the Angels', Or Hamizrach, 35 (1986), pp. 7-12 (Hebrew).

8 'The Idea of Crowning God in Hekhalot Mysticism and the Karait Polemic against the Tefillin of God', J. Dan (ed.), Early Jewish Mysticism: Proceedings of the First International Conference on the History of Jewish Mysticism, Jerusalem 1987, pp. 221-233 (Hebrew).

9 Sitrey Tefilah veHekhalot, Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 1987, 186 pp. (Hebrew, English Abstract).

10 'The Red Heifer in the Days of Hillel', Sinai, 100 (1987), pp. 143-165 (Hebrew).

11 'Text Criticism, Erotica and Magic in The Song of Songs', Shnaton - An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 9 (1987), pp. 31-53 (Hebrew).

12 'Illiteracy as reflected in the Halakhot concerning the Reading of the Scroll of Esther and the Hallel', Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research, 54 (1987), pp. 1-12 (Hebrew).

13 'The Jewish Background of The Name of the Rose', Zehut, 5 (1988), pp. 215-220 (Hebrew).

14 'Teaching Jewish Prayer in the Integrative way', Shema`atin, 92 (1988), pp. 75-79, 84 (Hebrew).

15 'Teaching Jewish Prayer as Literature', Bisede Hemed, 30 (1988), pp. 84-90 (Hebrew).

16 'The Fate of Jeshua, Prince of Presence, in Scientific(?) Research', Sinai, 101 (1988), pp. 174-181 (Hebrew).

17 'Magic Seals on the Body among Jews in the First Centuries C.E.', Tarbiz, 57 (1988), pp. 37-50 (Hebrew, English Abstract or English translation).

18 'Scribes and Books In the Late Second Commonwealth and Rabbinic Period', Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum, Section II, vol. I, MIKRA, M. J. Mulder (ed.), Assen - Maastricht - Philadelphia: Fortress Press, van Gorcum, 1988, pp. 21-38.

19 'Mysticism and Erotica: The Resemblance Between the Two in Late Antiquity', Mahut, 6 (1989), pp. 141-146 (Hebrew).

20 'Are Tamid and Middoth Polemical Tractates?', Sidra, 5 (1989), pp. 27-40 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

21 'So shall they put My name upon the people of Israel (Num 6:27)', HUCA, 60 (1990), pp. 19-31 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

22 'Major Trends in the Formation and Crystallization of the Qedusha', Da`at, 25 (1990), pp. 5-20 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

23 'The Geographical Origin of The Words of Gad the Seer', Proceedings of the Tenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 1990, A, pp. 119-126 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

24 'Infant Mortality in the Land of Israel in Late Antiquity', S. Fishbane and J. N. Lightstone (eds.), Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society, Montreal: Concordia University, 1990, pp. 3-25.

25 'The Date of The Words of Gad the Seer', JBL, 109/3 (1990), pp. 477-493 (Abstract).

26 'The Idea of Election in Jewish Prayer', S. Almog and M. Heyd (eds.), Chosen People, Elect Nation and Universal Mission, Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History, 1991, pp. 121-145 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

27 'From Scroll to Codex and its effect on Reading the Torah', Sinai, 107 (1991), pp. 242-254 (Hebrew).

28 'What was the Purpose of the Tannaim in Describing the Borders of the Land of Israel?', Te`uda, 7 (1988-1991), pp. 95-110 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

29 'Washing Feet Before Prayer: Moslem Influence or an Ancient Jewish Custom', Mahanaim, 1 (1991), pp. 162-169 (Hebrew).

30 'Illiteracy in the Land of Israel in the First Centuries C.E.', S. Fishbane, S. Schoenfeld and A. Goldschlaeger (eds.), Essays in the Social Scientific Study of Judaism and Jewish Society, II, New York: Ktav, 1992, pp. 46-61. (Abstract).

31 'Books from Cochin', Pe`amim, 52 (1992), pp. 74-100 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

32 'Blessings and Curses are Read before Rosh HaShana', Sinai, 110 (1992), pp. 29-35 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

33 'The Attitude towards Women in some of the books in the Pseudepigrapha', Beit Mikra, 38/133 (1993), pp. 141-152 (Hebrew).

34 'The Torah written on the Stones on Mount `Ebal', J. Eshel (ed.), Proceedings of Judea and Samaria research Studies: The 2nd Annual Meeting, Ariel 1993, pp. 29-42 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

35 'The Hand of God: A Chapter in Rabbinic Anthropomorphism', G. Sed-Rajna (ed.), Rashi 1040-1990: Hommage a Ephraim E. Urbach, Congres europeen des Etudes juives, Paris: CERF, 1993, pp. 321-335.

36 'Hekhalot Literature and the Motives for its Writing', Mahanaim, 6 (1993), pp. 46-51 (Hebrew).

37 'On the Interpretation of a Beraita concerning the Reading of the Torah', Sinai, 112 (1993), pp. 126-134 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

38 'Witches in the Bible and in the Talmud', Herbert W. Basser and Simcha Fishbane (eds.), Approaches to Ancient Judaism, New Series, Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1993, V, pp. 7-32.

39 'The Death of Elazar in the Battle of Bet-Zekharia', Proceedings of The 3rd Annual Meeting - 1993: Judea and Samaria Research Studies, Kedumim - Ariel: The College of Judea and Samaria, 1994, pp. 117-125 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

40 'Patrimonial Burial among the Jews in Ancient Period', I. Singer (ed.), Graves and Burial Practices in Israel in the Ancient Period, Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi - The Israel Exploration Society, 1994, pp. 212-229 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

41 'Fabulous Creatures in Ancient Jewish Traditions', Mahanaim, 7 (1994), pp. 104-113 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

42 'Children's Games in Antiquity', Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem: World Union of Jewish Studies, 1994, B:I, pp. 23-30 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

43 'Personal Names in The Words of Gad the Seer', Sinai, 114 (1994), pp. 109-119 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

44 'Childhood and its Status in Biblical and Talmudic Societies', Beit-Mikra, 40/140 (1995), pp. 19-32 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

45 'A Woman - Her Weapons upon her', Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Folklore, 16 (1994), pp. 29-40 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

46 'Exorcism by Rabbis: Talmudic Sages and Magic', Da`at, 34 (1995), pp. 17-31 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

47 'Prester John: Fiction and History', History of European Ideas, 20/1-3 (1995), pp. 291-298.

48 'The Discovery of The Words of Gad The Seer', Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha, 11 (1993), pp. 95-107.

49 'Fabulous Places in the Land of Israel in Antiquity', Judea and Samaria Research Studies, 5 (1996), pp. 229-239 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

50 'Myth and Ritual in the Halakhot concerning Jerusalem', Haviva Pedayah (ed.), Myth in Judaism (Eshel Beer-Sheba, 4), Jerusalem 1996, pp. 45-57 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

51 'Tiqun Lel Shevuot: Emergence and Precedents', Mehqarei Hag, 8 (1997), pp. 28-48 (Hebrew).

52 'The Secret World of the People of Qumran and the Sages', Shnaton - An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, 11 (1997), pp. 285-301 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

53 'The Names of the Angels', A. Demsky, J. A. Reif and J. Tabori (eds.), What's in a Jewish Name?, Ramat-Gan: Bar-Ilan University Press, 1997, pp. 33-48 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

54 'Papyrus', Eric M. Meyers (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, IV, pp. 246-247.

55 'Parchment', Eric M. Meyers (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997, IV, pp. 247-248.

56 'Parallels in the Bible and in "The Words of Gad the Seer"', Beit-Mikra, 42/4 (1997), pp. 343-355. (Hebrew, English Abstract).

57 'Changes in Rosh HaShana Liturgy: m. Rosh HaShana 4:7', Sidra, 13 (1997), pp. 25-46. (Hebrew, English Abstract).

58 'The Typography of the Sidur', Shana BeShana, 39 (1999), pp. 505-526. (Hebrew).

59 Some Jewish Women in Antiquity, Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press (Brown Judaic Studies 317), 1998 (Abstract).

60 'The On-Line Hebrew Book - The Virtual Library', Yad LaQore, 31 (1998), pp. 34-37 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

61 'Medicine in The Land of Israel in the First Centuries CE', Cathedra, 91 (1999), pp. 31-78 (Hebrew, English Abstract).

62 'The Source of "Alenu le-Shabeh" Liturgy', Da`at, 43 (1999), pp. 125-140 (Hebrew).

63 '(Review of) J. Harari, Harba de-Moshe', Da`at, 43 (1999), pp. 125-140 (Hebrew).

64 'Segen und Fluch', Theologische Realenzyklopaedie, XXXI, 1/2, Berlin - New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2000, pp. 84-88.

65 'Writing Materials', Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, II, pp. 996-997.

66 'The Reasons for Sectarianism According to the Tannaim and Josephus's Allegation of the Impurity of Oil for the Essenes', Lawrence H. Schiffman, E. Tov and J. C. VanderKam (eds.), The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years after Their Discovery - Proceedings of the Jerusalem Congress, July 20-25, 1997, Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2000, pp. 587-599. (Abstract).

67 '(Review of) Michael D. Swartz, Scholastic Magic: Ritual and Revelation in Early Jewish Mysticism, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996', Kabbala, 4 (1999), pp. 385-397 (Hebrew).

68 'The Attitude towards Mamzerim in Jewish Society in Antiquity', Jewish History, 14 (2000), pp. 125-170.

69 'The Miracles of R. Yehuda Yudel Rozenberg', 'Alei Sefer, 19 (2001), pp. 173-184 (Hebrew).

70 'Aramaic Piyyutim from the Land of Israel and their Sitz im Leben: J. Yahalom and M. Sokolof, Shirat Benei Maaraba', Mahut, 23 (2001), pp. 167-188 (Hebrew).

71 'India and the Land of Israel: Between Jews and Indians in Ancient Times', The Journal of Indo-Judaic Studies, 4 (2000), pp. 39-77.

72 'On the Sacred Diseases', Korot 15 (2001), pp. 20-62 (Hebrew).

73 '(Review of) Dov Swartz, Astrology and Magic in Jewish Thought in the Middle-Ages, Ramat-Gan 1999', Kabbala, 7 (2002), pp. 361-384 (Hebrew).

74 '(Review of) Sh. Sela, Astrology and Biblical Commentary in the thought of Abraham ibn Ezra, Ramat-Gan 1999', Kabbala, 7 (2002), pp. 331-359 (Hebrew).

75 'Saul Lieberman: The Greatest Sage in Israel', M. Lubetski (ed.), Saul Lieberman (1898-1983) Talmudic Scholar and Classicist, Lewiston - Queenston - Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2002, pp. 79-87.

76 'The Process of Writing the Copper Scroll', George J. Brooke and Philip R. Davies (eds.), Copper Scroll Studies, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002, pp. 198-209.

77 'Between Magic and Religion: Sympathetic Magic in the World of the Sages of the Mishnah and Talmud', Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 5.3 (2002), pp. 383-399.

78 ‘Astrology in Ancient Judaism’, ‘Astronomy in Ancient Judaism’, J. Neusner, A. Avery-Peck and W. S. Green (eds.), The Encyclopaedia of Judaism, V, Supplement Two, Leiden - Boston: Brill, 2004, pp. 2031-2044.

79 ‘Prayers of Jews to Angels and Other Intermediaries during the First Centuries CE’, M. Poorthuis and J. Schwartz (ed.), Saints and Role Models in Judaism and Christianity, Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2004, pp. 79-95.

80 Genesis Numerology, Rehovot: Association for Jewish Astrology and Numerology, 2003 (Hebrew).

81 ‘A Numerological Comment on the Author of Kitab al-Hkaik, an Anonymous sage, Sa‘ada, Yemen, 14th Century’, Y. Toby (ed.), ‘Ateret Itshaq: Judeo-Yemenite Studies Dedicated to Isaac Kerner, Netanya: Association for Society and Culture, 2003, pp. 73-80 (Hebrew).

82 ‘Literacy among the Jews in Antiquity’, Hebrew Studies, 44 (2003), pp. 217-222.

83 ‘The Different Times in Genesis 1’, Moed, 14 (2004), pp. 1-18 (Hebrew).

84 ‘(Review of) R. Elior, Temple and Chariot, Priests and Angels, Sanctuary and Heavenly Sanctuaries in Early Jewish Mysticism, Jerusalem: Magnes, 2002’, Moed, 14 (2004), pp. 114-131 (Hebrew).

85 ‘Chess in Judaism: Halacha and Legend’, Mahut, 27 (2003), pp. 23-33 (Hebrew).

86 ‘Herzls Traum - Europa und Israel: ein 100jaehriges Miteinander’, 5. Internationales Theodor Herzl Symposion, Wien, 14-17 Juni 2004, Wiener Rathaus: Der Bericht, Wien, 2004, pp. 114-120.

87 ‘(Review of) Pablo A. Torijano, Solomon the Esoteric King: From King to Magus, Development of a Tradition, Leiden – Boston – Koeln: Brill, 2002’, Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 7 (2004), pp. 247-255.

88 Biblical Numerology, Rehovot: Association for Jewish Astrology and Numerology, 2005 (Hebrew).

89 ‘(Review of) R. Abraham ibn Ezra, Yesod Mora (J. Kohen and U. Simon, eds.)’, Kabbalah, 10 (2004), pp. 335-351 (Hebrew).

90 ‘The Chain of Tradition in the Hekhalot Literature’, Da‘at’, 56 (2005), pp. 5-37 (Hebrew).

91 ‘(Review of) James M. Scott, On Earth as in Heaven: The Restoration of sacred Time and Sacred Space in the Book of Jubilees, Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2005’, Review of Biblical Literature,

92 ‘The First Issue of Meghillot Midbar Yehuda’, Cathedra, 117 (2005), pp. 151-156 (Hebrew).

93 ‘(Review of) John S. Lucas, Astrology and Numerology in Medieval and Early Modern Catalonia, Leiden – Boston: Brill, 2003’, Review of Rabbinic Judaism, 8 (2005), pp. 287-300.

94 ‘The Book-Case (Ark) in Ancient Synagogues’, J. Kaplan and M. Sluhovsky (eds.) Libraries and Book-Collections, Jerusalem: Merkaz Zalman Shazar, 2006, pp. 49-64. (Hebrew).

95 ‘(Review of) Vered Noam, Megilat Ta‘anit, Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi, 2004’, Moed, 16 (2006), pp. 114-130 (Hebrew). 

96 ‘Major trends in Jewish Society in the Land of Israel: From the 5th century BCE till the 7th century CE’, Trumah, 15 (2006), pp. 1-23. 

97 ‘The Calendar in the Flood Narrative’, A. Sołtysiak (ed.), Time and Astronomy in Past Cultures, Proceedings of the conference held in Toruń, March 30 – April 1, 2005, Warszawa – Toruń, 2006, pp. 13-32. 

98 ‘Marriage and Other Basic Problems in Ancient Jewish Society’, Cathedra, 121 (2006), pp. 23-52 (Hebrew).


99 ‘Two Piyyutim from the Hagada: “Adir Hu” and “Adir Bimelukha”’, Masoret HaPiyyut, 4 (2008), pp. 37-60 (Hebrew, English Abstract).



100 ‘Jewish Violence in Antiquity: Three Dimensions’, Roberta Rosenberg Farber and S. Fishbane (eds.), Jewish Studies in Violence, Lanham – Boulder: University Press of America, 2007, pp. 71-82.

101 Astrology and Other Sciences Among the Jews in the Land of Israel During the Hellenistic-Roman and Byzantine Periods, Jerusalem: Bialik Institute,  (Hebrew).

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