About Yaron Eliav

An associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Yaron Eliav, PhD, MA, teaches courses on rabbinic literature and ancient Judaism and archeology. He is the author of God’s Mountain: The Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory, which received a 2005 Association of American Publishers award as well as the 2006 Salo Baron prize presented by the American Academy of Jewish Studies for the best first book on Judaic studies. A globally sought after lecturer and researcher, Dr. Yaron Eliav has in the works a second book examining the cultural dynamics of the Roman Mediterranean.

He also heads a team that received the highest teaching grant from the University of Michigan’s Transforming Learning for a Third Century. The grant-funded project focused on a course entitled The Land of Israel/Palestine through the Ages.

Dr. Yaron Eliav pursued Judaic studies while earning both a master’s degree and PhD at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Through a Fulbright Fellowship, he took advantage of a year’s studies at Princeton University. Among his numerous academic awards, Dr. Yaron Eliav received the Bloomfield Prize for Outstanding Doctorate Dissertation in the Humanities. His Jewish studies focused on ancient history and archeology as well as classical studies and rabbinic literature.

Work History

Work History
Sep 2000 - Present

Associate Professor

University of Michigan
Sep 1998 - Sep 2000

Dorot postdoctoral Fellow

New York University


Sep 1993 - Sep 1999


Hebrew University in Jerusalem