Research Associate: Hebrew Manuscripts (part time). The role will involve cataloguing and promoting the University of Manchester Library’s outstanding collections of codices, scrolls and other manuscripts in Hebrew script. Closing date: 7 June 2015. Fixed term from 1 Sept 2015 until 28 Feb 2018. Salary: £30,434 to £37,394 pro rata p.a. Further information.
Moshe Behar on Israeli Radio Reshet Bet. On Wednesday 29 April at around 7:30pm UK time, Moshe Behar was interviewed in Hebrew by the feminist broadcaster Ms Keren Noybach in her on radio programme "Seder Yom" about his 2015 article 'The centennial of 'Flora Saporto': Thoughts on the possibility of a Mizrahi-Feminist alliance'. Listen again.
Registration deadline is 29 May. The theme of the 2015 conference is 'Atheism, Scepticism, and Challenges to Monotheism' and the exciting academic programme will run Mon 6 - Tue 7 July at the University of Manchester. If you wish to attend, please register now. Postgraduate student bursaries are available. Further information.
Reading Midrash Rabba. Ben Williams (John Rylands Research Institute) will give a David Patterson Lecture entitled 'More than one way to read a Midrash: Aaron Hasson and Edward Pococke study Midrash Rabba' at 7.15pm on Mon 18 May at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Clarendon Institute. Further information.
Jewish Perspectives on Christianity and New Testament Studies. The 2015 Sherman Lectures by Amy-Jill Levine on 'Jesus, Judaism and Christianity: Old Prejudices and New Possibilities' are now available to view online. The lectures are entitled: 1. Jesus in His Jewish Context: The Importance of Recovering History, 2. The Mistakes Jews and Christians Make About Each Other, 3. Is the New Testament Anti-Semitic? and 4. Messianic Judaism, Conversion to Christianity, Intermarriage, Inter-religious Households: Disputes for the Sake of Heaven. Further information.
Hebrew and Jewish Studies staff recipients. Following on from the QS World University Rankings for 2015, which placed Manchester's Modern Languages (including Hebrew) as 25th in the world and 3rd in the UK, the Centre would like to congratulate Malka Hodgson (Hebrew), who received the Manchester Teaching Award for Fantastic Feedback, and Alex Samely (Jewish Thought), who received the award for Best Supervision (PGT). Further information.
Jesus, Paul and Qumran. George Brooke has contributed a chapter entitled 'Weak or Sinful? A Body of Rhetoric – on the Use of Physical Metaphors in Romans 3 and the Hodayot' in Jesus, Paulus und die Texte von Qumran, eds. Jörg Frey and Enno Edzard Popkes (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015), 251-262. Further information.
Metatextuality in Ancient Near Eastern and Mediterrean Cultures. Philip Alexander has co-edited On the Fringe of Commentary: Metatextuality in Ancient Near Eastern and Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in the series Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta (Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters, 2014). George Brooke has contributed a chapter to this work entitled 'Physicality, Paratextuality and Pesher Habakkuk', 175-194. Further information.
Music Research forum. Lecture by Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen and author of the memoir Inherit the Truth, who will be speaking of her experiences as the only cellist in the Auschwitz women’s orchestra. Thu 7 May, 4:15pm, Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, Martin Harris Centre. Further information.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Harry Lesser, 72, following a stroke. As a philosopher at the University of Manchester since 1970, Harry was a much beloved teacher (he supervised 18 doctoral theses and 17 MPhil dissertations), and his research was primarily concerned with the history of Philosophy, especially Ancient Philosophy and Jewish Philosophy, and Ethics, especially Bioethics and Medical Ethics. He was a highly valued member of the Centre for Jewish Studies, where his wisdom, humanity and friendship will be sorely missed. He was also very active in the wider community; he gave many talks to groups outside the University, and he was a much respected committee member of the Greater Manchester Jewish Representative Council. Harry is survived by his wife Margaret and son Marcus. The funeral will be at 3pm Friday 8 May at Mill Lane Cemetery, Cheadle; there will be no Shiva.
Jewish New Testament Studies. The Sherman Lectures in Jewish Studies 2015 are currently underway, given by Amy-Jill Levine (University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University) on the topic 'Jesus, Judaism and Christianity: Old Prejudices and New Possibilities'. Among her numerous publications is the acclaimed The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford, 2011). Lecture dates: 27-30 April 2015. Further information.
Ros Livshin on Anglo-Jewish Political Nonconformity. The Centre would like to congratulate Ros Livshin on the successful defence of her doctoral thesis, "Political Nonconformity in Minority Communities: Representations of the Anglo-Jewish Experience in the Oral Testimony Archive of the Manchester Jewish Museum." Her supervisors were Prof Daniel Langton and Bill Williams and the external examiner was Prof Tony Kushner (Southampton). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.