BIBLE HISTORY DAILY

Dan Barag (1935–2009)

Dan Barag (1935–2009)

Professor Dan Barag of the Hebrew University, and longtime president and chairman of the Israel Numismatic Society, died in mid-November 2009, at age 74.

His research focused on the material culture of the southern Levant from the classical period on, with special interest in ancient glassmaking, as well as Jewish and Palestinian numismatics. Born in London in 1935, Barag grew up in Tel Aviv. As a youth, Barag joined Yigael Yadin’s excavations at Tel Hazor. In 1956, after his military service, he moved to Jerusalem to pursue studies in archaeology at the Hebrew University, where he completed his Ph.D. in 1970. His unpublished doctoral dissertation on glass vessels in ancient Palestine is still considered the best reference work on the subject.

Barag excavated numerous sites on behalf of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums and later led a joint expedition at the synagogue of Ein Gedi, which unfortunately remains unpublished. He has studied and published the finds from others’ excavations, including Ashdod, Hanita, Nahariya and Masada.

In addition to ancient glassmaking, Barag’s other passion was numismatics. His expertise ranged from the Hellenistic period to the Bar-Kokhba Revolt and through the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem. He took over as head of the Israel Numismatic Society in 1975 and remained there for nearly 30 years. He also revived the society’s stagnant English-language Israel Numismatic Journal, whose last volume (its third) had been published in 1965/1966. Barag took over as its editor, publishing the fourth volume in 1980, and continued until his death, near the completion of volume 17.

Related Posts

The Bible with and Without Jesus Cover
Mar 22
The Bible With and Without Jesus

By: Marc Zvi Brettler and Amy-Jill Levine

James A. Sanders
Mar 14
In Memory: James A. Sanders

By: Marvin A. Sweeney

Feb 8
Unwavering and Obstreperous 

By: William G. Dever 

Feb 8
Scaling Ivory Towers

By: Alan Millard


1 Responses

  1. “Polvere sei…” – Un tè servito all’Archeobar - A.S.P.I.S. ©™ says:

    […] il compianto Dan Barag (Professore presso il “Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History”, Università di […]

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


1 Responses

  1. “Polvere sei…” – Un tè servito all’Archeobar - A.S.P.I.S. ©™ says:

    […] il compianto Dan Barag (Professore presso il “Dinur Center for Research in Jewish History”, Università di […]

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Send this to a friend