Prof. Rachel Hachlili
Department of Archeology

Email: rachel@research.haifa.ac.il
Tel: 972-4-8240542
Fax: 972-4-8249342
Married + Three children
 
 

Academic Experience | Excavations
Museum Exhibitions:
Jewish Museum, NY | Israel Museum, Jerusalem | Hecht Museum, Haifa | University Art Gallery
Publications
:
Books | Catalogues | Articles

 
 


Academic experience

  • Curator and research fellow, Jewish Museum, New York. 1966-68
  • Advanced Studies, Columbia University, New York, 1966-68
  • Advanced Studies, Oxford University, Oxford. 1968-69
  • Instructor, Lecturer, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem . 1969-72
  • Lecturer, Tel Aviv University, 1970-1980
  • Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Haifa 1984- current
  • Director and Curator, The Hecht Museum, University of Haifa.1982-1988
  • Director of the Museum Studies Program, University of Haifa. 1990-1994
  • Chair, Department of Archaeology, University of Haifa. 1999 - 2002
Excavations
  • Ramat Rachel: 1961, 1962
  • Judean Desert Caves: 1962, 1963
  • Hammath-Tiberias Synagogue: 1962
  • Arad: 1963
  • Caesarea Synagogue: 1963
  • Ashdod: 1963, 1964, 1965
  • Masada: 1964, 1965

Director of Excavation:

  • Jericho - The Jewish Cemetery: 1975-1978
  • Horvat Berachot: 1980
  • Qasrin Synagogue and Village: 1981-1984
  • Qasyun: 1992--current

Museum Exhibitions

Jewish Museum, New York
  • "Holidays in Jewish Art, Hannuka, Purim, Passover," 1966, 1967, 1968.
  • Two Jewish Sculptors: H. Geber and N. Rappaport, 1967.

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

  • "Ancient Near Eastern Cultures," 1987, (with R. Merhav, curator).
  • "Past and Present, The Jan Mitchel Gift to the Israel Museum," 1974 (with R. Merhav).
  • "A Glimpse into the Past, the J. Ternbach Collection," 1981 (with R. Merhav).

The Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, University of Haifa

  • Permanent exhibition 1984: First Floor.
  • Cuneiform Tables from the Brockmon collection, 1985.
  • Permanent exhibition 1986: Second Floor.
  • Mound and Sea - Akko and Caesarea Trading Centres. 1986.
  • Jewish Art in The Golan. 1987.
  • Hannuka, 1987.
  • Gamla, 1988.
  • Lag Baomer, 1988.
  • Basalt sculpture in Golan synagogues, 1988.
  • Portraits in stone, 1988.
  • Jewish Ornamented Ossuaries of the Late Second Temple Period, 1988.

The University Art Gallery

  • Ceramics- Ancient and contemporary, Spring 1992 (with Museum Studies students)
    Museo Sefardi, Toledo, Spain
  • Permanent Exhibition: Archaeological Finds from the Land of Israel (from the Israel Antiquity Authority Collection). June 1994, the inauguration of the Museo Sefardi, the Jewish Museum of Spain.


Publications

(1) Books
  • Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology in the Land of Israel. 1988. Brill, Leiden.
  • Ancient Synagogues in Israel, Proceeding of Symposium. B.A.R. International Series
    499, Oxford 1989 (Editor).
  • Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology in the Diaspora. Brill, Leiden. 1998
  • Jericho, The Jewish Cemetery of the Second Temple Period. Israel Antiquity Reports no.7, Jerusalem 1999 (with A. Killebrew).
  • The Menorah, The Ancient Seven-armed Candelabrum. Origin, Form and Significance. Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln. 2001.
  • Jewish Funerary Customs Practices and Rites in the Second Temple Period. Brill, Leiden-Boston-Köln. 2005
  • Jewish Funerary Customs Practices and Rites in the Second Temple Period. Brill, Leiden-Boston. 2005
  • Ancient Mosaic Pavements: Iconographic Themes, Issues and Trends. Brill, Leiden-Boston. 2009

(2) Catalogues

  • Past and Present, The Jan Mitchel Gift to the Israel Museum, Catalogue No. 124/I,
    The Israel Museum, Jerusalem 1974: 125-136, (with U. Avida and R. Merhav).
  • A Glimpse into the Past, the J. Ternbach Collection ( R. Merhav, ed.), The Israel
    Museum, Jerusalem 1981: 190-194.
  • Highlights from the collection of the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum. Catalogue no.
    1, 1986. Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum University of Haifa (with Y. Meshorer).
  • Mound and Sea-Akko and Caesarea Trading Centres.Cat. no.2, 1986, The Reuben
    and Edith Hecht Museum. (Editor)
  • Jewish Art in the Golan. Catalogue no. 3, 1987. The Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum.
    University of Haifa.
  • Jewish Ornamental Ossuaries of the Late Second Temple. Catalogue No. 4, 1988.
    Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, University of Haifa.
  • Ceramics- Ancient and contemporary, Museum studies catalogue no.1, University of
    Haifa, 1992.

(3) Articles

  • "Figurines and Kernoi," Atiqot (Ashdod II-III; English Series), Vol. IX-X, (1971),
    pp.103-105, 125-135.
  • "Area H," Atiqot (Ashdod II-III; English Series), Vol. IX-X (1971), pp. 154-177.
  • "A Neck Amphora in the Israel Museum," Scripta Classica Israelica II (1975),
    pp. 26-37.
  • "The Architecture of Nabatean Temples," Eretz Israel 12 (Glueck volume), (1975), pp. 80-91 (Hebrew).
  • "The Niche and the Ark in Ancient Synagogues," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 223 (1976), pp. 43-53.
  • The Zodiac in Ancient Jewish Art: Representation and Significance, Bulletin of the
    American Schools of Oriental Research,
    228 (1977), pp. 61-77.
  • "A Jerusalem Family in Jericho," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental
    Research
    , 230 (1978), pp. 45-56.
  • "The Zodiac on Synagogue Mosaic Pavements in Israel," Ariel 47 (1978), pp. 58-70.
  • "Ancient Jewish Burial Customs Preserved in the Jericho Hills," Biblical Archaeology
    Review
    , Vol. IV (1979), pp. 28-35.
  • "A Jewish Second Temple Cemetery at Jericho," Qadmoniot 12, 1979: 62-66 (Hebrew).
  • "The 'Goliath' Family in Jericho," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental
    Research
    , 235 (1979), pp. 31-66.
  • "The Geneology of the Goliath Family," Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental
    Research
    , 235 (1979), pp. 67-74 (with Patricia Smith).
  • "The Conch as a Symbol in Jewish Art," Assaph, Studies in Art History I, Tel Aviv
    University, (1980): pp. 57-65.
  • "Jericho - The Jewish Necropolis of the Second Temple Period. Biblical Archaeologist,
    Vol. 42 (1980), pp. 235-240.
  • A Family 'from Jerusalem' in a Jewish Tomb in Jericho. Eretz Israel 15 (Aharoni Volume) (1981):406-411 (Hebrew)
  • "The Nefes: The Jericho Column-Pyramid in Jewish Art," Palestine Exploration
    Quarterly
    , 113 (1981), pp. 33-38.
  • "The Jewish Necropolis at Jericho: First Century B.C.E. to First Century C.E.,"
    Current Anthropology 22 (1981), pp. 701-702 (with B. Arensburg, P. Smith and A. Killebrew).
  • "The House of 'Goliath' - A Family at Jericho in the First Century C.E." Qadmoniot 55-56, 1981: 118-122 (Hebrew, with A. Killebrew).
  • "Wall Painting in a Jewish Monumental Tomb from the First Century CE at Jericho," in Nation and History. M. Stern (ed.) (1983): 71-93 (Hebrew)
  • "The Saga of the Goliath Family," Biblical Archaeology Review, vol IX (1983):
    44-53 (with A. Killebrew).
  • "Jewish Funerary Customs during the Second Temple Period in Light of the
    Excavations at the Jericho Necropolis," Palestine Exploration Quarterly 115 (1983), pp. 109-132. (with A. Killebrew)
  • "Was the Coin-on-Eye Custom a Jewish Burial Practice in the Second Temple
    Period?" Biblical Archaeologist, 46 (1983), pp. 147-153 (with A. Killebrew).
  • "The Jewish Necropolis of the Second Temple Period at Jericho", Jericho, (Kardom Series) Jerusalem 1983: 120-131 (Hebrew)
  • "Jewish Names and Nicknames in the Second Temple Period," Eretz Israel 17 (Brawer volume) (1983): 188-211, (Hebrew).
  • "Was the Abecedarium 'magical' already in the First Century C.E.?" Cathedra (1984), pp. 27-30 (Hebrew).
  • "The Menorah in First and Second Temple Times in the Light of the Sources and Archaeology," Eretz Israel 18 (Avigad Volume) (1985), pp. 256-267 (with R.Merhav, Hebrew): 44-53
  • "Wall Painting in a Jewish Monumental Tomb at Jericho," Palestine Exploration
    Quarterly
    117, (1985), pp. 112-127.
  • "An Eighth Century B.C.E. Iron Candelabrum," Michmanim 2 (1985), pp. 29-42.
  • "The coin-in Skull Affair: A Rejoinder", Biblical Archaeologist, 49 (1986), pp. 59-60 (with A. Killebrew)
  • "On the Mosaicists of the School of Gaza" Eretz Israel 19 (Avi-Yonah volume) (1987), pp. 46-58. (Hebrew).
  • Michmanim, Bulletin of the Reuben and Edith Hecht Museum, University of Haifa. Nos. 1-4 (1984-1988) (Editor).
  • "The state of Ancient Synagogue Research" in Ancient Synagogues in Israel,
    B.A.R.,International Series
    499, Oxford. R. Hachlili (ed.) 1989:.1-6. Pls. I-X.
  • "Unidentical symmetrical composition in Synagogal Art" in Ancient Synagogues in
    Israel, ( B.A.R.,International Series
    499). R. Hachlili (ed.), Oxford 1989: 65-68
  • "Greece and Rome influence on Jewish Burial Customs of the Second Temple Period" in Greece and Rome in Eretz-Israel, Collected Essays. A. Kasher, G.Fuks, U. Rappaport (eds.), Jerusalem 1989: 250-257 (Hebrew).
  • Konikoff's "Sarcophagi from Jewish Catacombs", Jewish Quaterly Review 1990: 169 (A Review)
  • "Jericho - The Jewish Necropolis of the Second Temple Period." The New Encyclopaedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, ed. E. Stern. Jerusalem 1992, vol.2: pp.752-755 (Hebrew)
  • "Early Jewish Art and Architecture". The Anchor Bible Dictionary, D.N.Freedman (ed.), London 1992, vol. I: 447-454
  • "Ancient Jewish Burial". The Anchor Bible Dictionary. D.N.Freedman (ed.),
    London 1992, vol. I: 789-794
  • "Diaspora Synaogogues". The Anchor Bible Dictionary. D.N.Freedman (ed.), London 1992, vol .6: .260-263
  • "Characteristic features of synagogue architecture in the Land of Israel", Studies in the Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel, in Honour of Moshe Dothan, Helzer. M., Segal A., Kaufman D., (eds). Haifa University Press, Haifa 1993: 157-194 (Hebrew)
  • "Burial Customs at Qumran", Revue de Qumran 62, 1993: 247-264
  • The Change in Burial Customs in the Late Second Temple Period, in Light of the Jericho Cemetery Excavation. Tombs and Burial, I. Singer (ed.), Tel-Aviv University press 1994:173-189 (Hebrew)
  • Late Antique Jewish Art from the Golan, in Humphrey, J.H., (ed.), The Roman and Byzantine Near East: Some Recent Archaeological Research, .Journal of Roman Archaeology. (Supplementary series no.14). Ann Arbor, MI. 1995: 183-212
  • "Synagogues in the Land of Israel: The Art and Architecture of the Late Antique Synagogues", in Sacrted Realm. The Emergence of the Synagogue in the Ancient World. S. Fine (ed.). New York - Oxford 1996: 96-129.
  • "Beth Alpha", The Dictionary of Art, J. Turner (ed.), Macmillan Publishers, London. 1996: vol.3, p.880
  • "Beth Shearim", The Dictionary of Art, J. Turner (ed.), Macmillan Publishers, London. 1996: vol.3, pp.884
  • "Capernaum", The Dictionary of Art, J. Turner (ed.), Macmillan Publishers, London. 1996: vol.5, p.663
  • "Masada". The Dictionary of Art, J. Turner (ed.), Macmillan Publishers, London. 1996: vol.20: pp.539-540.
  • "Herodian Jericho". The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in The Near East. E.M. Meyers (ed.). New York- Oxford 1997, vol.3: 16-18
  • "The Origin of the Synagogue: A Re-assessment", Journal for the Study of Judaism 28, 1997:34-47
  • "A Jericho Ossuary and a Jerusalem Workshop." IEJ 47, 1997:238-247.
  • "Aspects of Similarity and Diversity in the Architecture and Art of Ancient Synagogues and Churches in the Land of Israel". Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina -Vereins 113, 1997:92-124.
  • "A Question of Interpretation." Museum International 198, 1998:4-5
  • "The Cult Menorah in the First and Second Temple In Light of Archaeology and Sources", In the Light of the Menorah, Story of a Symbol. Israel Museum Catalogue no. 406, Jerusalem 1999:43-49 (with R. Merhav)
  • "Iconographic elements of Nilotic Scenes on Byzantine Mosaic Pavements in Israel. Palestine Exploration Quarterly 130, 1998:106-120
  • "A question of Interpretation", Museum International 198, 1998:4-5
  • "Names and Nicknames at Masada". Eretz Israel 26 (Cross Volume) 1999:49-54. (Hebrew).
  • "A Symbol of the Deity: Artistic Rendition of the 'Hand of God' in Ancient Jewish and early Christian Art", in Case Studies in Archaeology nad World Religion, The Proceeding of the Cambridge Conference, T. Insoll (ed.). B.A.R. International Series 755, Oxford 1999:59-70
  • "Horbat Qazion." Hadashot Arkheologyot, Excavations and Surveys in Israel 109, 1999: *6-*7; 8-10 (with A. Killebrew)
  • "Cemeteries", in Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Schiffman, L.H., and J. C.,VanderKam (eds.). New York. 2000, Vol. 1: 125-129
  • "The Riddle of Qazion." Et-mol 25, 2000:20-21 (Hebrew).
  • "The Qumran cemetery: A reconsideration", in The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty years After Their Discovery, Schiffman, L. H., Tov, E, and VanderKam, J. C.(eds.) Jerusalem. 2000: 661-672
  • "Torah Shrine and Ark in Ancient Synagogues: A Re-evaluation". Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina -Vereins 116, 2000:1-21
  • "Hebrew Names, Personal Names, Family Names, and Nicknames of Jews in the Second Temple Period", in Families and Family Relations as represented in Judaisms and Early Christianities: Texts and Fictions, J. W. van Henten and A. Brenner (eds.). Leiden, 2000: 83-115
  • "Archaeology of Judaism," in Archaeology and World Religion, T. Insoll (ed.). London. 2001: 96-122.
  • "Jewish Funerary Practices at Qumran, Jerusalem and Jericho in the Second Temple Period," in 50 years of Research of the Dead Sea Scrolls, G. Barin and B. Nitzan and (eds). Jerusalem. 2001: 267-281 (Hebrew)
  • Names and Nicknames at Masada", in These Are The Names III. A. Demsky, (ed.), 2002:93-108
  • The Zodiac in Ancient Jewish Synagogal Art: A Review. Jewish Studies Quarterly 9, 2002:
  • Names and Nicknames at Masada”, in These Are The Names III. A. Demsky, (ed.), 2002:93-108
  • Jewish Art and Iconography in the Land of Israel. In Near Eastern Archaeology, A Reader, S. Richard (ed.) 2003:445-454
  • The Zodiac in Ancient Synagogues in Israel, Jerusalem and Eretz Israel 1 2003: 87-122 (Hebrew)
  • “A Review”- The Mosaics of the House of Dionysos at Sepphoris, by R. Talgam, and Z. Weiss (Qedem 44) -. Qadmoniot 129, 2005:61-63 (Hebrew).
  • “A Review” - Beth Shearim, the Village and Nearby Burials, by Yigal and Yotam Tepper -.. Qadmoniot 130, 2005:123-124 (Hebrew).
  • “A Review”- The Sepphoris Synagogue. Deciphering an Ancient Message through Its Archaeological and Socio-Historic Context, by Z. Weiss.. Qadmoniot 131, 2006:59-61 (Hebrew).
  • “Funerary Practices in Judaea during the Times of the Herods: The Goliath Family Tomb at Jericho.” In The World of the Herods, Vol. I  N. Kokkinos (ed.), Stuttgart 2007:247-278
  • “Attitudes Towards the Dead: Protective Measures Employed Against the Desecration of Tombs, Coffins and Ossuaries,” in The Archaeology of Difference, Gender, Ethnicity, Class and the “Other” in Antiquity, D. R. Edwards and C. Thomas McCollough (eds.). AASOR 60/61 2007: 243-256.
  • “A Review” - The Mosaics of the House of Dionysos at Sepphoris, by Talgam, R. and Z. Weiss. IEJ 57, 2007:248-252
  • “Cherub, Sphinx and Tetrad in Ancient Art,” in In the Hill-Country, and in the Shephelah, and in the Arabah (Joshua 12, 8). Bar, S (ed.) Jerusalem, 2008: 25*-47*
  • “A Review” - The Sepphoris Synagogue. Deciphering an Ancient Message through Its Archaeological and Socio-Historic Context, by Z. Weiss –. IEJ 58, 2008:119-123.
  • “A Review” - Art and Architecture of the Synagogue in Late Antique Palestine In the Shadow of the Church. By David Milson. Leiden and Boston.. Journal for the Study of Judaism 39, 2008:425-426.
  • “The Qumran Cemetery Reassessed,” in Oxford Handbook of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Lim, T. H and J. J Collins (eds.). Oxford. 2010: 46-78
  • “The Dura Europos Synagogue Wall Paintings – a Question of Origin and Interpretation,” in “Follow the Wise” (B. Sanhedrin 32b): Studies in Jewish History and Culture in Honor of Lee I .Levine. Weiss Z, J. Magness, Seth Schwartz, and O. Irshai (eds). The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. New York, 2010: 401-418