Long-term project funded by the German Research Foundation


Corpus Masoreticum, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies

»Uncovering Jewish manuscript culture is like becoming a voyager between the worlds – or do you want to know what it means to be ›Lost in Translation‹?«

Sebastian Seemann

Sebastian Seemann M.A.

Research Associate | sebastian.seemann@hfjs.eu

Curriculum Vitae


Since 2016

PhD project "New Edition of the Paris Okhla Recension and Its Relation to Inner- and Extrabiblical Masoretic Lists", Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies (first advisor: Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss)

10/2005 – 08/2016

M.A. in Jewish Studies (major) and Protestant Theology (minor), Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies/Heidelberg University

10/2003 – 09/2005

Studies in the History of Religions, Philipps-Universität Marburg

10/1996 – 06/2003

Studies at the Christian Theological Academy in Warsaw, Poland


Since 09/2020

Research Associate, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies, Chair of Bible and Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Project "Corpus Masoreticum"

12/2016 – 11/2019

Research Associate, Gradutate School 1728 "Theology as an Acadmic Discipline", Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main

01/2013 – 08/2016

Student Assistant, Collaborative Research Center 933 "Material Text Cultures", sub-project ""The Masora Text of the Hebrew Bible in its Various Material Forms in Western Europe" (PI Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss), Heidelberg University

02/2011 – 12/2012

Student Assistant, Collaborative Research Center 619 "Ritual Dynamics", sub-project B11 "Ritual Purity in Medieval Ashkenaz" (PI Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss), Heidelberg University

12/2009 – 02/2010

Student Assistant in the project "Josef ben Schim’on Kara's (ca. 1050–1125) Commentary to the Minor Prophets (Perush Tere Asar): Criticial Edition and Annotated Translation" (PI Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss), Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies

09/2002 – 06/2003

Internship as teacher of religion, elementary school of Kluczbork/Polen


12/2019 – 08/2020

Scholarship by the Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main


Seemann, Sebastian. 2020. “The Okhla Lists in MS Berlin Or. Fol. 1213 (Erfurt 3).” In Philology and Aesthetics: Figurative Masorah in Western European Manuscripts, edited by Hanna Liss, (in print). Realms of Judaism. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Lectures and Presentations

03.02.2020, Research Kolloquium at the Chair for Bible and Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies: Neu-Edition der Okhla-Rezension Paris und ihr Verhältnis zu den inner- und außerbiblischen masoretischen Listen

24.11.2019, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego: Does Sefer Okhla we-Okhla Show Any Structure?