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Megadim (journal)

Megadim is a Hebrew language journal about the Hebrew Bible. It is published by the Herzog College, an affiliate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, two or three times a year. Along with Beit Mikra, it is one of the few journals that deal almost exclusively with analysis of the Tanakh.

Megadim was first published around 1986. More than 45 issues were published by 2009. Some of the writers and editors for Megadim are Dr. Yosef Ofer and Dr. Mordechai Sabato from Bar-Ilan University; Dr. Shmuel Wygoda (a student of Emmanuel Levinas); Rabbi Yoel bin Nun, Rabbi Yaaqov Medan, and other notable members of the religious Zionism movement. The writers for Megadim include analysts of the Bible, lecturers at colleges, and advanced students, especially from Yeshivat Har Etzion and Herzog College.

The guiding principle of Megadim is to maintain the balance between an academic standard on the one hand, and adherence to the faith of its intelligent religious Jewish audience on the other hand. Therefore, the most popular topics among the articles are literary analyses of the Bible and of Jewish commentators, which enable the adoption of scholarly approaches without needing to deal with loaded issues such as the Documentary Hypothesis or the origins of Christianity.

The articles in Megadim are strictly peer reviewed before publication in order to maintain high standards. One of the weaknesses of the journal is an insufficient reliance on sources written in languages other than Hebrew.


Megadim (, lit. Precious) is a moshav in northern Israel. Located on the Mediterranean coast near Atlit and Highway 4, about 12 kilometres south of Haifa, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof HaCarmel Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 789.

It was founded in 1949 by immigrants from North Africa and Egypt. Its name is a Biblical word, mentioned in Deuteronomy 33:13 : " May the Lord bless this land with the precious dew from heaven above." and in the Song of Songs 4:13;

Thy shoots are a park of pomegranates, with precious fruits; henna with spikenard plants.