Zev Vilnay

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Zev Vilnay in 1935

Zev Vilnay (Hebrew: זאב וילנאי‎, 1900–1988) was an Israeli geographer, author and lecturer.

Biography[edit]

Volf Vilensky (later Zev Vilnay) was born in Kishinev, he immigrated to Palestine with his parents at the age of six and grew up in Haifa. He served as a military topographer in the Haganah, and later in the Israel Defense Forces.[1]

Vilnay and his wife Esther lived in Jerusalem. One son, Matan was a politician who served as a member of the Knesset and held several ministerial portfolios before becoming ambassador to China, their eldest son is Oren Vilnay, an expert in structural Engineering who established a new department of Civil Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Land of Israel studies[edit]

Tour of Samaria led by Zev Vilnay, 1927

Vilnay was a pioneer in the sphere of outdoor hiking and touring in Israel. Vilnay lectured widely on Israeli geography, ethnography, history and folklore,[1] his Guide to Israel was published in 27 editions[2] and translated into many languages.[3]

In the 1974 edition of his guide, Vilnay describes how he helped bring back to Israel the boat of a British naval officer, Thomas Howard Molyneux, who sailed the Jordan River from Lake Kinneret to the Dead Sea to map the region in the 19th century.[4]

Vilnay was a member of the first place-naming committee established by Prime Minister David Ben Gurion in 1950.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Published works in English[edit]

  • Legends of Palestine (1932)
  • The Guide to Israel (first published in 1955)
  • The Holy Land in Old Prints and Maps (1965)
  • The New Israel Atlas: Bible to Present Day (1968)
  • The Changing Face of Acco
  • Legends of Jerusalem (3 volumes)
  • Legends of Galilee, Jordan & Sinai (1978)[9]
  • Legends of Judea and Samaria
  • The Vilnay Guide to Israel: A new Millennium Edition (2 volumes) (1999), written and edited after his death and according to his instructions by Oren and Rachel Vilnay

Published works in Hebrew[edit]

  • Entziklopediya Liyidiat Haaretz (3 volumes) (1956)
  • Yerushalayim (2 volumes) (1960–62, 1970)
  • Eretz Yisrael Betmunot Atikot (1961)
  • Matzevot Kodesh Be'eretz Yisrael (1963)
  • Tel Aviv-Jaffa (1965)
  • Yehudah Veshomron (1968)
  • Sinai, Avar Vehoveh (1969)
  • Golan Vehermon (1970)
  • Ariel – Entziklopediya Lidiyat HaAretz (10 volumes) (1976–82)

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