ABOUT THE AUTHORS OF JERUSALEM
Originally published in 1954,
Jerusalem: A Saga of the Holy City has as its principal
authors three eminent scholars from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (all now
deceased): Benjamin Mazar, Michael Avi-Yonah and David H. K. Amiran.
Benjamin Mazar (1906-1995),
who wrote the introduction, served as president of the Hebrew University and was
a leading biblical historian and archaeologist. Polish-born and German-educated,
he immigrated to Palestine in 1929. He joined the university faculty in 1943 and
became president a decade later, serving for eight years. He also served as secretary
of what is now called the Israel Exploration Society and oversaw a number of excavations,
including one at the Temple Mount beginning in 1968.
Michael Avi-Yonah (1904-1974)
provided the historical segment of the book. A classical archaeologist, he is considered
one of the founders of Israeli archaeology and was a professor of archaeology at
the Hebrew University. He wrote numerous scholarly works on the Holy Land, including
A History of Israel and the Holy Land. He was also a co-author of The Macmillan
David H.K. Amiran (1910-2002),
who wrote the section on Jerusalem's geography, was the founder of the Hebrew University's
department of geography, establishing it in 1949. German-born and
-educated, he immigrated to Israel in the 1930s and served with the British Army
during World War II, working with topographical maps. Two of his major mapping projects
for the State of Israel resulted in the books The Atlas of Israel and The
Atlas of Jerusalem.