June 6, 2017

Polis Institute will host a new type of culture exchange on June 6 to 8, as artists and appreciators wander through the school’s neighborhood at the Musrara Mix festival.

Two videos will loop in the front and back courtyards of Polis as part of the 17th annual festival...

May 7, 2017

The first thing that comes to our minds, at the mention of the Great Jewish Revolt (66–73 CE), is of course Masada, whose tragic fate and memory were made immortal by Josephus’s account.

But Josephus also wrote (War II, 20,6; War IV: 1; §1–83; Life 11, 24, 35, 37, 58–61...

March 8, 2017

Upon visiting any major old city in the world you will certainly happen to hear, solemnly pronounced by a more enthusiastic than original tourist guide (or fellow traveler, or local citizen), that “here every stone tells a story”, period. And then comes the dramatic pa...

March 6, 2017

Oh, that old manuscript that changes everything forever!

Here and there we hear of some recently discovered manuscript fragment that allegedly “shakes the very foundations” of… of whatever you like, it doesn’t really matter, since only the headlines usually manage to su...

March 6, 2017

In October, Polis graduate students had a field trip to Qumran, an archaeological site surrounded by the complex of eleven caves where most of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been found.

Graduate student Joseph Justiss guided the tour. Ad he explained to us, evidence supporti...

January 5, 2017

Professor Wayne Horowitz, who has been working as a Professor of Assyriology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1986, gave an open lecture at Polis Institute on Saturday, the 3rd of December, at 19:00. The topic of the lecture was "The Sumerian Verb: A Worksho...

December 6, 2016

The Inaugural Lecture at Polis Institute last week allowed Polis students and faculty to gain new insights into the life and survival of the Hebrew language in the past two millennia.

Asher Salah, a renowned specialist in Italian-Jewish literature, spoke on how the Hebr...

July 15, 2016

We held our third immersive and intensive course in Classical Syriac at Polis. This course is incredibly unique, as the language is spoken in very few places in the world. In just a few weeks, our students learned two ancient scripts, and began to converse in the langu...