About: Dr. Aaron Demsky, professor of biblical history at Bar-Ilan University, has been a faculty-member since 1968, having made aliyah with his family in 1965. He received his doctorate in Jewish history from The Hebrew University. He teaches Biblical history and is well known for his research and publications on literacy in and historical geography of ancient Israel.
In 1991, he founded and now directs the Project for the Study of Jewish Names at Bar-Ilan University, where he has organized seven international conferences on names and is now editing the fifth volume on the subject – These Are the Names - Studies in Jewish Onomastics (Ramat-Gan, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003).
Professor Demsky counts as one of his major achievements - at Bar-Ilan University - the making of the study of Jewish names (onomastics) into a recognized academic discipline in Jewish Studies.