Avraham Grossman

Avraham Grossman
Born (1936-03-10) March 10, 1936 (age 84)

Avraham Grossman (Hebrew: אברהם גרוסמן; born: March 10, 1936) is a professor emeritus in the Jewish history department in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[1] Recipient of 2003 Israel Prize for his contributions to Jewish history.[2]


Avraham Grossman was born in 1936[2] in Tiberias and grew up in Mishmar HaYarden.[2]

In 1948 his family moved to Haifa.[2] Served in Education and Youth Corps of Israel Defense Forces.[2]

After his military service, he started his studies in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and learned Jewish history and Talmud for bachelor and master degrees.[2] His master thesis was about Gershom ben Judah and was supervised by Ephraim Urbach. His doctorate work, The Rabbinical literature in Ashkenas and North France in the eleventh century,[3] also supervised by Urbach.[2] Graossman got his doctorate in 1974[2] and moved to London for postdoc in SOAS, University of London[2] and manuscript research in the Bodleian Library.

Grossman have been appointed lecturer in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem by 1976 and full professor by 1986.[2] Between 1991-1992 he was the head of the Jewish history department.[2] In 2007 he became professor emeritus.

Grossman have been a visiting professor in Harvard University, Ohio State University and Yale University in the years 1985, 1986 and 1988 respectively.[2]

Grossman is married to Rachel since 1961,[2] and has 4 children, one of them is a professor in the bible department at Bar-Ilan University.[4]

Grossman is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.[5]

Grossman won Bialik Prize in 1996 for his book The Early Sages of France.[2][6]