Prof. Yitzhak Hen

Buber Fellow: 
2011 to 2012
Senior Fellow Description: 

Yitzhak Hen is Anna and Sam Lopin Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is an historian of the early medieval West, specializing in the cultural and religious history of the post-Roman Barbarian kingdoms. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1994, with a dissertation on popular culture in Merovingian Gaul. Subsequently he won the Wolfson post-doctorate prize, as well as Yad-Hanadiv post-doctorate prize for the study of History. He was a fellow in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; since 2008 he is a Life Member of that college. He has published extensively on various issues related to the cultural and religious history of the early Middle Ages; early Christian Western liturgy; and early medieval Latin manuscripts. Among his books: Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul, a.d. 481-751 (1995); The Sacramentary of Echternach (1997); The Royal Patronage of Liturgy in Frankish Gaul (2000); The Uses of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2000, edited with Mathew Innes); The Beginning of Europe, 4 vols. [in Hebrew] (2003, written with Ora Limor]; The Bobbio Missal: Liturgy and Religious Culture in Merovingian Gaul (2004, edited with Rob Meens); Roman Barbarians: The Royal Court and Culture in the Early Medieval West (2007); Wilhelm Lavison (1876-1947): Ein jüdisches Forscherleben zwischen wissenschaftlicher Anerkennung und politischem Exil (2010, edited with Matthias Becher). He is currently writing a book on Western Arianism: Politics and Religious Culture in the Early Medieval West (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

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