Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

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Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, Ph.D.
Professor Benny Beit-Hallahmi.jpg
BornJune 12, 1943 (1943-06-12) (age 76)
Tel Aviv, Israel
ResidenceHaifa, Israel
Alma materMichigan State University
Scientific career
Fieldspsychology, religion, new religious movements, cults
InstitutionsUniversity of Haifa

Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Hebrew: בנימין בית-הלחמי‎) (born June 12, 1943) is an Israeli professor of psychology at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 1970 Beit-Hallahmi received a PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.



  • Psychoanalysis and religion: A bibliography, Norwood Editions, 1978
  • Israeli Connection, 1982, ISBN 0-394-55922-3
  • Prolegomena to the Psychological Study of Religion, 1989, ISBN 0-8387-5159-8
  • Despair and Deliverance: Private Salvation in Contemporary Israel, 1992, ISBN 0-394-55922-3
  • The Annotated Dictionary of Modern Religious Movements, 1994, ISBN 0-7172-7273-7
  • Religion, Psychopathology And Coping.(International Series in the Psychology of Religion 4), 1996, Rodopi Bv Editions, ISBN 90-420-0101-1
  • Psychoanalytic Studies of Religion : A Critical Assessment and Annotated Bibliography, 1996, ISBN 0-313-27362-6
  • The Psychology of Religious Behaviour, Belief and Experience, 1997, w/ Michael Argyle, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-12331-3
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Active New Religions, Sects, and Cults, 1997, ISBN 0-8239-1505-0
  • Original Sins: Reflections on the History of Zionism and Israel, 1998, ISBN 1-56656-130-2
  • Misunderstanding cults: Searching for Objectivity in a Controversial Field, Contributor


  • "Dangers of vagina". British Journal of Medical Psychology, volume 58, 351-356.
  • Old Identities and New Religions in Israel, Journal of Alternative Religion and Culture, Volume 1: Issue 2-3,
  • Scientology: Religion or racket?, 2003, Marburg Journal of Religion, Volume 8, No. 1 [1]
  • Dear Colleagues: Integrity and Suspicion in NRM Research, presented at the 1997 annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

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