Dr. Yonatan Adler is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Ariel University in Israel, and currently holds the appointment of Horace W. Goldsmith Visiting Associate Professor in Judaic Studies at Yale University. Adler is an appointed member of the Israeli Council for Archaeology and serves as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Archaeology and Text.
Adler specializes in the origins of Judaism as a system of ritual practices, and in the evolution these practices over the long-term. His research in recent years has focused on ritual purity observance evidenced in the archaeological remains of chalk vessels and immersion pools. He has also researched and published extensively on ancient tefillin (phylacteries) from Qumran and elsewhere in the Judean Desert.
He has directed excavations at numerous sites throughout Israel, most recently at ‘Einot Amitai and at Reina, two sites in Galilee where Roman-era chalk vessel workshops have been unearthed.
Adler is currently engaged in a new book project entitled: The Origins of Judaism: An Archaeological-Historical Reappraisal.
At Yale, Adler teaches two courses: “Ancient Jewish Ritual Law (Halakhah) and Archaeology” (Fall 2019) and “The Ancient Synagogue: Archaeology and Texts” (Spring 2020).