Long-term project funded by the German Research Foundation

      

Corpus Masoreticum, Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies

»Studying Ashkenazi Bible manuscripts means getting up close to skill, beauty and devotion.«

Renate Smithuis

Dr. Renate Smithuis

Research Associate | renate.smithuis@hfjs.eu

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2000-2004

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

1991-1997

BA/MA "Old Style" Semitic Languages and Cultures (Arabic), Universiteit van Amsterdam

1990-1996

BA/MA "Old Style" Semitic Languages and Cultures (Hebrew/Aramaic), Universiteit van Amsterdam

Employment

Since 12/2018

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
 

Publications

Edited Volumes

Brooke, George J., and Renate Smithuis, eds. 2017. Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander. Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 100. Leiden: Brill.
Smithuis, Renate, and Philip S. Alexander, eds. 2013. From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Articles

Smithuis, Renate. 2021. “Between ‘Germany’ and ‘France’: The Main Scribe of Ashkenazi Bible British Library, MS Or. 2091.” Corpus Masoreticum Working Paper 1: forthcoming.
Smithuis, Renate. 2017. “Preaching to His Daughter: Jacob Anatoli’s Goad for Students (Malmad Ha-Talmidim).” In Jewish Education from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Studies in Honour of Philip S. Alexander, edited by George J. Brooke and Renate Smithuis, 341–397. Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity 100. Leiden: Brill.
Smithuis, Renate. 2013. “Short Introduction to the Rylands Genizah Collection.” In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, edited by Renate Smithuis and Philip S. Alexander, 1–32. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Smithuis, Renate, and Philip S. Alexander. 2013. “Notes on Artefactual Aspects of the Rylands Genizah.” In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, edited by Renate Smithuis and Philip S. Alexander, 33–59. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Smithuis, Renate, and Philip S. Alexander. 2013. “Targum Manuscripts in the Rylands Genizah.” In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, edited by Renate Smithuis and Philip S. Alexander, 61–99. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lev, Efraim, and Smithuis, Renate. 2013. “A Preliminary Catalogue of the Medical and Para-Medical Manuscripts in the Rylands Genizah Collection, Together with the Partial Edition of Two Medical Fragments (B 3229 and A 589).” In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, edited by Renate Smithuis and Philip S. Alexander, 157–196. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Smithuis, Renate, and Gideon Bohak. 2013. “Four Amulets and an Exorcism from the Rylands Genizah Collection.” In From Cairo to Manchester: Studies in the Rylands Genizah Fragments, edited by Renate Smithuis and Philip S. Alexander, 213–232. Journal for Semitic Studies Supplemen 31. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sela, Shlomo, and Renate Smithuis. 2009. “Two Hebrew Fragments from Hitherto Unknown Redactions of Sefer Ha-Mivharim and Sefer Ha-Še’elot.” Aleph 9 (2): 225–240.
Smithuis, Renate. 2006. “Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Astrological Works in Hebrew and Latin: New Discoveries and Exhaustive Listing.” Aleph, 239–338, 6.
Smithuis, Renate. 2006. “Science in Normandy and England under the Angevins: The Creation of Abraham Ibn Ezra’s Latin Works on Astronomy and Astrology.” In Hebrew to Latin, Latin to Hebrew: The Mirroring of Two Cultures in the Age of Humanism, edited by Giulio Busi, 23–57. Berlin/Turin: Nino Aragno Editore.

Online Publication

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.

Edited Journals

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

Research Interests

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