Yehuda Kiel

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Yehuda Kiel
יהודה קיל
Born 1916
Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire
Died 16 June 2011 (aged 94-95)
Jerusalem, Israel
Language Hebrew
Citizenship Israeli
Notable awards Israel Prize (1992)

Yehuda Kiel (Hebrew: יהודה קיל; born 1916, died 16 June 2011) was an Israeli educator and Bible commentator.


Kiel was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1916. Following the Russian Revolution, he moved with his family to Panevėžys, Lithuania and later to Latvia.

In 1936, Kiel emigrated to Mandate Palestine. He studied Knowledge of the Land of Israel, history, sociology and psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He worked for the students union and was National Executive secretary of Bnei Akiva. After completing his degree in 1940, he taught at Kfar Haroeh, together with his future wife, Tamar. They married in 1941.

From 1967 to 1977, Kiel headed the religious education department of the Israel Ministry of Education.

Kiel was probably best known for the monumental biblical commentary, Da'at Miqra project, which he headed and which encompasses modern scientific research with traditional biblical exegesis.

He died in Jerusalem on 16 June 2011.[1]


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