Sperber, Daniel

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SPERBER, DANIEL (1940– ), historian and Talmud scholar. Born in Wales in 1940, he moved to Israel after high school and studied at the Kol Torah and Hebron yeshivot. In the 1960s he studied the history of art at England's Courtauld Institute. In 1978 he became a full professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University. He has written on economic history, as in Roman Palestine, 200400: Money and Prices and in Roman Palestine. 200–400: The Land and on Jewish art and history, Minhagei Israel (1998), Why Jews Do What They Do (1999), and the City in Roman Palestine (2001), among other topics. From 1985 he was a member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language. In 1992 he received the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies.