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| Introduction to the Faculty

At Jerusalem University College, we believe that our faculty is top-notch! Not only is each member of our faculty an expert in their chosen field, but more importantly together they bring a unique mix of talents and insights to our curriculum that helps our students discover, know and integrate these areas of study in meaningful and holistic ways. Simply put, our faculty is unmatched, and helps us fulfill our unique mission to the evangelical Christian world.


From our beginning in 1957, our educational goal has been to expose non-Israeli, evangelical graduate and undergraduate students to the land and peoples of the land of the Bible. One of the most important ways that we do this is to rely almost exclusively on local faculty. Our courses are taught by Israelis, by Palestinians and, in some cases, by expatriates who have been residents in the land for many years. In every case, these men and women are experts in the fields covered by the curriculum of JUC, and live and breathe their own subject matter, first-hand. The majority either have had, or continue to hold, teaching positions and professorships at other institutions in Israel and/or in the Palestinian territories, while teaching courses and working closely with our students at JUC. We aim to expose our students to a wide variety of voices that represent the spectrum of life in Israel, voices that speak passionately, yet fairly, about matters at hand. The members of our faculty who are Christian are able to help students understand and integrate what they are learning in a Christian context.


The following list of faculty teach in our M.A. and Graduate Certificate programs as well as our year and semester abroad programs.  They teach both the graduate and undergraduate students.

| The Faculty for Long-Term Programs


Salwa Awad, Arabic. Faculty, Bethlehem Bible College. (2005)


Gabriel Barkay, Ph.D. Archaeology. B.A., M.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D., Tel Aviv University. Excavations in Lachish, Jerusalem, Megiddo, Tel Zayit, Susa (Iran) and others. Faculty, Bar-Ilan University. Directed excavations at Ramat Rachel, Ketef Hinnom and others; currently director of the Temple Mount sifting project. Recipient of the Jerusalem Prize. Extensive publications. (1975)


Eldon Clem, Ph.D. Semitic Languages. Ph.D., Hebrew Union College. Executive Director, Olive Branch Institute. Published author. (2011)


Amitai Baruchi-Unna. Ph.D. History and Historical Geography. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Faculty of Humanities of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and faculty at the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University. Published author. (2011)


Petra Heldt, Ph.D. Historic Christianity. B.A., Frei Universitat, Berlin; M.Th., Kirchliche Hochschule, Berlin; Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Executive Secretary of the Ecumenical Theological Research Fraternity in Israel. Director, The Thomas Oden Patristic Study Center. Ordained minister. Published author. (1994)


Jonathan Kaplan, Ph.D. candidate. Jewish and Israeli History and Society. B.A., M.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. candidate, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recipient of the Herzl Fellows Award. Administrative Director, Rothberg International School (Undergraduate Program) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Published author. (1986)


Yigal Levin, Ph.D. History and Historical Geography. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Bar-Ilan University. Faculty, Bar-Ilan University, Judea and Samaria Academic College, the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies. Excavations at Sumaqa (Mt. Carmel), Kefar Hanania, Beth Shemesh and Tell es-Safi (Gath). Published author. (2006).


Bernard Sabella, Ph.D. Palestinian Studies. B.A., Franklin and Marshall College; Ph.D., The University of Virginia. Faculty and Chair, Department of Social Science, Bethlehem University. Elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council representing Jerusalem. Extensive publications. (1994)


Daphna Sharef-Davidovich, Ph.D. Islamics. B.A., M.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Faculty, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Published author. (2012).


Moshe Silberschein, M.H.L. Rabbinics. B.A., Columbia University; B.H.L., M.H.L., Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Dean, Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. Ordained rabbi. (1994)


Andreas Wagner, Ph.D. candidate. Second Temple History and Literature. B.A., M.A., Ph.D. candidate, Tubingen University. Student Affairs Coordinator, the Thomas Oden Patristic Study Center. Former academic director, “Studium in Israel” of the German Protestant Churches EKD, Jerusalem. Lecturer, Israel Tour Guide School. Ordained minister. Published author. (2008)


Paul Wright, Ph.D. History and Historical Geography. B.A., Bethel College; M.A., Institute of Holy Land Studies / Jerusalem University College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.Phil, Ph.D., Hebrew Union College. President, Jerusalem University College. Visiting faculty, Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies and special instructor in the Israeli Ministry of Tourism Tour Guide Program. Excavations at Giloh, Ramat Rahel and Tel Rehov. Ordained minister. Published author. (1996)

  Oded Yinon, M.A. Middle Eastern Studies. B.A., M.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Extensive publications. (1987)
| Related information

» Faculty for Short-Term:  The instructors of 2 and 3 week programs.
» Faculty Interviews:  Dr. Barkay, Dr. Rainey, Rabbi Silberschein.

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