MA Honors 2015/16

Odelia  Ahdout

Odelia Ahdout

Linguistics

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Subject: Hebrew psychological verbs and nominalizations

Supervisor: Dr. Ivy Sichel

Abstract: in my thesis I present and analyze the argument and event structure of Hebrew Psych nominals in light of, and with emphasis on the differences between the psychological lexicon of English and the rich Psych lexicon of Hebrew. I claim that this richness is what allows us to isolate meaning ingredients in verbal forms as to obtain a more direct mapping of meaning to form, thereby expanding the current knowledge regarding Psych verbs and their nominalizations. However, in spite of the meaning-form flexibility available in Hebrew, there are nevertheless also inter-language restrictions on the types of psychological nominalizations available in the language, depending on morphological form, i.e. verbal pattern. To show how the language is both restrictive as well as flexible, I focus on semantic contrasts between Psych nominalizations derived from the hif’il and pi’el verbal patterns.  

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Bar Avineri

Bar Avineri

Linguistics, Generative Track

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Subject: Modality and evidentiality through syntax-semantics interface

 

Supervisors: Prof. Edit Doron, Dr. Aynat Rubinstein

 

Abstract: My work will refer to a phenomenon known in the literature as "the Actualization Effect", where modal expressions conjugated in preterit are interpreted as an action that has been carried out. My intention is to address the current theoretical literature related to this effect, focusing on semantic, syntactical and morphological aspects. These analyses will be examined with respect to Spoken Modern Hebrew data, as well as to written Hebrew corpora, from a diachronic perspective/

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Asaf Ben Haim

Archaeology and Ancient Middle Eastern studies

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Subject: Cultural Sources of the Architecture of King Herod In Light of the Architectural Decoration in Herodium

Supervisor: Dr. Orit Peleg-Barkat

Abstract: My work concentrates on the architectural decoration in Herodium and on the cultural sources, which derive from the analysis and the context of the architectural items at the site. The focus of my research will be the various architectural assemblages which were revealed in the site and include more than a thousand pieces. Those items, the vast majority of which have never been scientifically analysed, will be presented in detail and several aspects will be examine, such as the materials and the carving technique, typology and their archaeological and architectural context. The long-run excavation project at Herodium enables us to identify a few constructive stages at the site, which can be aligned in a relative stratigraphy. Thus, examining the architectural items in their archaeological context might help us trace chronological changes in the architectural decoration of the site and to identify accordingly trends of progress and development in the Herod’s building program. Similarly, the project aims to suggest a reconstruction for some of the architectural units at the site in light of the architectural and decorative analysis, as well as its scale, material, typology and style of carving. The reconstruction of the architectural units and their decoration will help in understanding the architectural characteristics of Herodium in particular and King Herod’s architecture as a whole. Equipped with such knowledge, many unsolved questions that the sheer architectural plan cannot answer, might be addressed, as like: what are the important parts of building which have the most elaborate decoration? How did the upper parts of the towers look like? Can we figure the King’s most beloved palaces due to its decoration? 

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Tzemach Edan

Tzemach Edan

Jewish History

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Subject: Jewish Women in Arab countries at the 19-20 Centuries and their Part in the Development of the Local Cu

Supervisor: Yaron Ben-Naeh

 

 

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Natan Evron

Department of Bible Studies

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Subject: Nehemiah in Second Temple Period Literature: From the Bible to Josephus

Supervisor: Prof. Michael Segal and Dr. Ronnie Goldstein

Abstract: My research deals with the character of Nehemiah and the various traditions about him during the Second Temple period. The first part of the study will deal with the composition of the book of Ezra-Nehemiah in general, and in particular of the stories about Nehemiah, in order to recognize the original traditions about Nehemiah that are in it and the changes that took place in his character during the formation of the book. The second part will deal with the traditions about Nehemiah in the post-biblical literature – Sirach, 2 Maccabees, the Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus and more – and the relationship between them and the biblical text. 

Bio: Natan Evron has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University and a M.A. degree in Biblical Studies and in Mandel's School's Honorary Program at the Hebrew University. His Master thesis dealt with some of the stories of David's rise to monarchy in 1 Samuel. His research focuses on biblical historiography and comparisons between the Bible and ancient Near Eastern cultures. Participates in a research project by Prof. Daniel Schwartz from the Hebrew University for the Reconstruction of the Lost Hebrew Version of 1 Maccabees.

Publications:

“'David is Hiding among Us': The Stories about David, Saul, and the Ziphites (1 Sam 23:19–24; 26:1).” In David in the Desert. Edited by Hannes Bezzel and Reinhard G. Kratz. BZAW; Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter, 2020 (approx.)

Rotenstreich 2020/2021

MA Honors Program 2015/2016

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Ofek Kehila

Department of Romance and Latin American Studies

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Subject: The Transformative Value of Rewriting in The Works of Reinaldo Arenas

Supervisor: Prof. Ruth Fine

Publications:

Kehila, Ofek, “The Episode of Manuel de Sosa Coitiño: A Story of Love, Madness and Death?”, Anales cervantinos 51 (2019): 179-196 (in Spanish).

 

Rotenstreich Scholarship 2019/2020

MA Honors Program 2015/2016

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Efrat Shamir

Efrat Shamir

History, Philosophy and Sociology of Sciences

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Subject; An investigation of ethical aspects of distributive justice from an economic-philosophical perspective

Supervisor: Dr. ittay nissan-rosen

 

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