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The Hebrew University Magnes Press

Since 1929

When, in 1929, at the beginning of the academic year, the first President of the Hebrew University J. L. Magnes announced the establishment of a university press, there were only 200 students at the University.
This step called for daring and vision. The Land of Israel, said Dr. Magnes, is in many respects far from being in vital touch with the great world of scholarship, and it is therefore essential for scholars of the University to maintain through their works, contact with their colleagues throughout the world. Furthermore, through these scholarly contributions the University will be able to win a respected position among scholarly institutions.
As a tribute to Dr. Magnes, following his death in 1949, the university press was named after him.
It is not fortuitous that a primary concern of the University trustees, including the poet Haim Nachman Bialik, was the establishment of a university press; they knew and realized that a publishing house with a high academic standard, both Jewish and university oriented, was an integral part of the whole university concept. 
The Magnes Press has mirrored the stages of the University`s growth and achievement in all areas.
Just as the University was a necessity for a renewed existence in the Land of Israel, so too, a university press was a desideratum for the creation and fostering of texts and learning materials for lecturers and students.
Four goals were envisaged by the creators of the Magnes Press:
a) Provision for the teaching, research and scholarly needs of the university
b) Expansion of available resources of scholarship in the Hebrew language on Jewish and general topics
c) Publication of works by university scholars
d) Publication of works beneficial to scholarship and mankind, and specifically research in Judaism. 
To a great extent the Magnes Press has fulfilled the goals envisaged by its founder and directors. 
About 3,000 titles published in Hebrew and various other languages in numerous areas of research


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The Hebrew University Magnes Press publishes scholarly books, journals, textbooks in every research areas such as agriculture books, ancient near east books, anti-Semitism books , archeology books, art books  (architecture boos, cinema books, music books, plastic art books, theater books) business management books, classical studies books, communication books, dictionaries, economics books, education books, ethics books , chemistry books, mathematics books, physics books, folklore books, geography books, history books, holocaust books, Jewish studies books (Bible studies books, Hassidism books, Jewish Mysticism books , Jewish thought books, prayers and Piyutim books , Talmud books) law books, linguistics books , prose and poetry books, medicine and health books, nature science boos, philosophy books, political science and international studies books, politics books, psychology books, religion books (Christianity books, Islam books) social work books, sociology and anthropology books, text books (Arabic textbooks, computers and computing textbooks, economics textbooks, English textbooks, Hebrew as a second language textbooks, language textbooks, mathematics textbooks, medicine textbooks, music and the arts textbooks, physics textbooks, statistics textbooks) Yiddish books. New books as well as back list books published by The Hebrew University Magnes Press are published as eBooks as well. © All rights reserved by The Hebrew University Magnes Press
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