Prof. Shemaryahu Talmon, renowned for his Biblical study, was born in Germany in 1920.
A detainee at Buchenwald concentration camp during the Holocaust, his parents and two sisters tragically killed, he managed to escape and made aliyah as soon as the war ended. He was already participating in public affairs, and was appointed supervisor of the educational system at Cyprus before the State of Israel was even established.
Talmon's achievements can be vividly depicted through his outstanding amount of publishing in all denominations. He won prestigious prizes, among which was the Israel Prize in 1996.
Talmon combined many disciplines in his studies, from textual criticism to the research of Dead Sea Scrolls – all of which revealed a deep understanding of the literary nature of the Bible, as well as its reflection of social sensitivity.
Prof. Shemaryahu Talmon was both a man of action and education. In addition to his being a venerated professor around the world, he continued to serve the public at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and elsewhere. He was Dean of Humanities at Hebrew University, rector of Haifa University, as well as rector of Universität Heidelberg, Germany.
He maintained a high involvement in the ongoing dialogue between Christians and Jews within the Biblical researcher community.
For many years, Prof. Talmon led The Hebrew University Bible Project — the flagship of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University — which undertook a comprehensive survey of the history of the textual development of the Hebrew Bible, and produced a major critical edition.
Prof. Talmon knew how to nurture man as well as text. Generations of biblical scholars grew under him whom now serve at Biblical scholar podiums. He was revered and loved to the day of his death.
The administration and research faculty at Shalom Hartman Institute note with sorrow his passing. In 2009, Prof. Talmon donated 10,000 volumes to the institute's library.
Click here to read about that donation and view a video of the event. May his memory be for a blessing.