Long-term project funded by the German Research Foundation


Corpus Masoreticum, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies

»In deciphering Ashkenazi Masorah we uncover a whole world of a forgotten Jewish textual tradition.«

 Hanna Liss 

»In deciphering Masorah we uncover a whole world of a forgotten Jewish textual tradition.«

 Hanna Liss 

Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2003

Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Bible and Jewish Exegesis, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies


Habilitation and Venia Legendi in Jewish Studies, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg


PhD in Jewish Studies, Berlin/Jerusalem

2017/18: Senior Research Fellow at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Hamburg; 2008: Alfried Krupp Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study Greifswald; 2003: Harry Starr Research Fellow in Judaica, Center for Jewish Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge/MA. 2002: Moosnick Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible & Jewish Studies, Lexington Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Other Research Projects

© Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
Project “Biblia Rabbinica: The Biblical Text in Rabbinic Literature – Collection of the Variant Readings on the Basis of the Babylonian-Yemenite Textual Tradition”

2020–26, funded by the German Research Foundation (1 Research Associate)

Member of the Study Group “Text & Textuality”

2017–21, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

Graduate School 1728 “Theology as an Academic Discipline”

2012–21, funded by the German Research Foundation (1 Research Associate)

Subproject B04 “Masoretic Text of the Hebrew Bible. The Masora Text of the Hebrew Bible in its Various Material Forms in Western Europe”

2011–23, Collaborative Research Centre 933 “Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies”, Heidelberg University/Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies, funded by the German Research Foundation (1 Research Associate)

Most Recent Books and Edited Volumes

Liss, Jüdische Bibelauslegung (2020)
Liss, Hanna. 2020. Jüdische Bibelauslegung. UTB Jüdische Studien 4. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. https://www.utb-shop.de/judische-bibelauslegung-10188.html.
Liss, Tanach (2019)
Liss, Hanna. 2019. Tanach. Lehrbuch der jüdischen Bibel. 4th ed. Heidelberg: Winter.
Landthaler, Bruno, and Hanna Liss. 2018. Wie das Judentum mit der Tora lebt: Weisung von ganz oben. Grundlagentexte der Religionen. Berlin: Cornelsen.
Landthaler, Bruno, and Hanna Liss. 2014. Erzähl Es Deinen Kindern. Die Torah Für Kinder. 5 vols. Berlin: Ariella.
Philippson, Ludwig. 2018. Die Schriften (hebräisch-deutsch) in der Übersetzung von Rabbiner Ludwig Philippson. Edited by Walter Homolka, Hanna Liss, and Rüdiger Liwak. Freiburg: Herder.

Open Access Publications *

Liss, Hanna. 2019. “„Die niedere Kritik“. Das Studium der Masora zwischen Wissenschaft des Judentums und Bibelwissenschaft.” In Deutsch-jüdische Bibelwissenschaft, edited by Daniel Vorpahl, Sophia Kähler, and Shani Tzoref, 139–60. Berlin: de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110551631-010.
Liss, Hanna, and Kay Joe Petzold. 2019. “Masorah, Masoretes: I.B. Judaism: Medieval Ashkenaz; II. Visual Arts.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, edited by Christine Helmer, 17:1274–1280. Berlin: de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/ebr.masorahmasoretes.
Liss, Hanna. 2018. “Scepticism, Critique, and the Art of Writing: Preliminary Considerations on the Question of Textual Authority in Medieval Peshaṭ Exegesis.” In Jewish Thought, Philosophy, and Religion. Yearbook of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies, edited by Bill Rebiger, 15–46. Berlin: de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110577686-003.
Liss, Hanna. 2018. “Aschkenasische Bibelcodices Als Träger Exegetischer Und Theologischer Geheimnisse.” In 700 Jahre Judentum Tirol. Geschichte Der Fragmente, Fragmente Der Geschichte, edited by Joseph Oesch and Ursula Schattner-Rieser, 203–223. Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press.
Liss, Hanna. 2017. “A Pentateuch to Read in? The Secrets of the Regensburg Pentateuch.” In Jewish Manuscript Cultures. New Perspectives, edited by Irina Wandrey, 89–128. Studies in Manuscript Cultures 13. Berlin: de Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110546422-005.
Liss, Hanna. 2016. “Ein Pentateuch Wie Andere Auch? Die Lese-Geheimnisse Des Regensburg Pentateuchs.” In Metatexte. Erzählungen von Schrifttragenden Artefakten in Der Alttestamentlichen Und Mittelalterlichen Literatur, edited by Friedrich-Emanuel Focken and Michael R. Ott, 299–334. Materiale Textkulturen 20. De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110417944-016.
Liss, Hanna. 2014. “Vom Sefer Tora Zum Sefer: Die Bedeutung von Büchern Im ‘Buch Der Frommen’ Des R. Yehuda Ben Shemu’el He-Ḥasid.” In Erscheinungsformen Und Handhabungen Heiliger Schriften, edited by Joachim Friedrich Quack and Daniela Christina Luft, 179-199 (207-228). Materiale Textkulturen 5. Berlin, München, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110371277.207.
Liss, Hanna. 2011. Creating Fictional Worlds. Peshaṭ-Exegesis and Narrativity in Rashbam’s Commentary on the Torah. Studies in Jewish History and Culture 25. Leiden: Brill.

* The pdf files are made available in accordance with the repository policies of the publishers (Brill, de Gruyter, Innsbruck University Press).