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Yechzkel Kaufman

Hebrew: יחזקאל קאופמן
Birthplace: Kamieniec Podolski, Ukraine
Death: Died in Jerusalem, Israel
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Occupation: Israeli philosopher and Biblical scholar associated with Hebrew
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Yehezkel Kaufmann (Hebrew: יחזקאל קויפמן (born 1889; died 9 October 1963) was an Israeli philosopher and Biblical scholar associated with Hebrew University.


Kaufmann was born in Ukraine. His Talmudic knowledge was acquired at the yeshiva of Rabbi Chaim Tchernowitz (Rav Tzair) in Odessa and in Petrograd, and his philosophical and Biblical training were at the University of Berne. He completed his doctorate on "the principle of sufficient reason" in 1918, and had it published in 1920 in Berlin. He began teaching in Palestine in 1928, and became Professor of Bible at Hebrew University in 1949.


  • In 1933, Kaufmann was awarded the first Bialik Prize for Jewish thought. He was awarded the prize again *in 1956.[1]
  • In 1958, he was awarded the Israel Prize, in Jewish studies.

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Title page from Yehezkel Kaufmann's Exile and Estrangement. Kaufmann was the author of dozens of publications, almost exclusively in Hebrew. In 1920 he published Against the claims of the phenomenological approach of Husserl, but this was to be his last publication on abstract philosophy.

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פרופ' יחזקאל קויפמן (1889, דוניביץ, פלך פודוליה, האימפריה הרוסית – 9 באוקטובר 1963, ירושלים) היה פילוסוף וחוקר מקרא, חתן פרס ישראל במדעי היהדות לשנת תשי"ח (1958) ושני פרסי ביאליק לחכמת ישראל. שימש כראש החוג למקרא באוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים והיה חבר האקדמיה הלאומית הישראלית למדעים משנת 1959

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Kamieniec Podolski, Ukraine
October 9, 1963
Age 74
Jerusalem, Israel