»Studying Ashkenazi Bible manuscripts means getting up close to skill, beauty and devotion.«
Dr. Renate Smithuis
Research Associate 2018–2021
PhD „Abraham ibn Ezra the Astrologer and the Transmission of Arabic Science to the Christian West“ (first advisor: Prof. Dr. Philip S. Alexander), The University of Manchester
BA/MA "Old Style" Semitic Languages and Cultures (Arabic), Universiteit van Amsterdam
BA/MA "Old Style" Semitic Languages and Cultures (Hebrew/Aramaic), Universiteit van Amsterdam
Research Associate, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies, Chair of Bible and Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Project "Corpus Masoreticum"
4/2015 – 9/2018
Principal Investigator for the project "Catalogue of Codices, Scrolls and Other Texts in Hebrew Script at the [John Rylands] University Library Manchester"
9/2009 – 9/2018
Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies, The University of Manchester
10/2006 – 8/2009
Research Associate, project "AHRC Rylands Cairo Genizah", The University of Manchester
10/2003 – 9/2006
Assistant Librarian, Genizah Project, The John Rylands University Library of Manchester, The University of Manchester
Online image collection and catalogue of the c. 15,000 Rylands Genizah fragments (c. 26,000 images online, most of the work done 2005–2009): http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/ManchesterDev~95~2.
K. Stuerzenhofecker and R. Smithuis (eds.), Judaism and Gender Studies – Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies 13 (2019).
Editorial committee incl. R. Smithuis, Journal of Semitic Studies since 57:1 (2012)
D.R. Langton and R. Smithuis (eds.), Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies 7–10 (2010–2013).
B. Jackson, D.R. Langton, E. Nissan and R. Smithuis (eds.), Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies 6 (2009).
Lectures and Presentations as Part of Corpus Masoreticum
08.07.2020, International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds: Letter Soup or Meticulous Data?: The Masorae Figuratae in British Library, MS Or. 2091 (paper accepted; conference cancelled due to coronavirus)
03.02.2020, Research Kolloquium at the Chair for Bible and Jewish Biblical Interpretation, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies: The Codicology of MS British Library, Add. Or. 2091
Medieval and pre-modern Jewish biblical interpretation, philosophy, Kabbalah, and Sciences; Intellectual history of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; Mediation of learning (Hebrew, Arabic, Latin); Jewish Medieval manuscripts; Cairo Genizah