Alexander Gordin

Alexander Gordin is a postdoctoral research associate in medieval Hebrew palaeography at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in the framework of MiDRASH project.
Alexander Gordin
Once a member of the Hebrew Palaeography Project in Jerusalem, today he is the public services coordinator for special collections at the National Library of Israel. His research and teaching focus on Hebrew manuscript and incunabula studies, Jewish chronology and medieval exact sciences. His doctoral thesis is devoted to astronomy among late Byzantine Jewry.

2022: MSc (Bar Ilan University, Department of Mathematics).
2020: PhD (Bar Ilan University, Program in Science, Technology and Society).
2018: LLB (College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan, Law School).
1996: Library Science Postgraduate Diploma (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies).
1991: University Diploma (Voronezh State University, Faculty of Physics).



  • 'How to Avoid Some Pitfalls while Interpreting Dates in Hebrew Manuscripts', Revue des Études Juives, 178 (2019), pp. 159–184.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters


  • 'Hebrew Incunabula in the National Library of Israel as a Source for Early Modern Book History in Europe and Beyond', in: Cristina Dondi (ed.), Printing R-Evolution and Society 1450-1500: Fifty Years that Changed Europe, Venice 2020 (Studi di storia, 13), pp. 321–338.
  • 'Sefer ha-Mezukkak Translated by Moses the Greek: An Example of Scientific Collaboration during the Early Ottoman Period' (in Hebrew), in: Gil Weissblei (ed.), Rafael Weiser Memorial Volume: Studies in Manuscripts, Archives and Agnon’s Writing, Jerusalem 2020, pp. 83–89.

Participation in collective volumes


  • M. Glatzer, C. Sirat, M. Beit-Arié. Codices hebraicis litteris exarati quo tempore scripti fuerint exhibentes, II (de 1021 à 1079), Turnhout 1999 (Monumenta palaeographica medii aevi, Series hebraica).


  • C. Sirat, M. Glatzer, M. Beit-Arié. Codices hebraicis litteris exarati quo tempore scripti fuerint exhibentes, III (de 1085 à 1140), Turnhout 2002 (Monumenta palaeographica medii aevi, Series hebraica).