Origins of Aramaean Christianity. Professor Emeritus John Healey FBA gave a paper entitled "'Aramaeans' and Aramaic in Transition: Western Influences and the Roots of Aramaean Christianity" at a conference held under the aegis of The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times in Leipzig, 6-9 June 2016. Minerva Centers are sponsored by the Max Planck Gesellschaft/Minerva Stiftung and one of the aims is to foster academic links between Germany and Israel. Further information.
Post-graduate prize. This prize is awarded annually to the student with 'the highest grade for a master's dissertation in Jewish Studies' at the University of Manchester. It honours the Centre's second co-director Bernard Jackson. For 2016 the prize of £100 was awarded to the winner Miruna-Stefana Belea (MA in Biblical Studies) for a dissertation supervised by Renate Smithuis and entitled 'Magic and Religion: Parabiblical elements on four amulets from Moses Gaster collection'. Further information.
Reflections on Jewish Studies. Alex Samely, 'Jewish Studies and Reading' in G. Langer and C. Cordoni (eds.), 'Let the Wise Listen and Add to Their Learning'. Festschrift for Günter Stemberger on the Occasion of his 75th Birthday (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2016), 757–789. Further information.
The Apostle Paul and Judaism. The 2016 Manson Memorial Lecture will be given by Steve Mason (Groningen) on the topic of 'Judaism and Paul: A Category Crisis'. 2pm, Thu 20 October 2016, SG1, Samuel Alexander Building. Further information.
Archival Research Guide Project. The Centre is seeking to fund a short-term project to generate a guide to the Anglo-Jewish holdings on the Arab-Israeli conflict, which are scattered throughout the University’s archives, for the facilitation of future scholarly research. Payment: A consultancy fee of £3500 for 4-6 weeks. Period in which the work must be completed: Anytime in the period 1 Dec 2016 - 31 Aug 2017. Deadline for application: 31 Oct 2016. Further information.
Jewish-Islamic relations. On 7 September Renate Smithuis gave a paper entitled 'Donning Borrowed Clothes: Judah Halevi and Shi’i Theology' at a BIPS workshop on 'Interactions of Muslim Intellectuals and Institutions with those of other Faiths in the Medieval Persianate World' at the British Academy in London. Further information.
Yemenite manuscripts in the Rylands Library. Funding has been received from the Research Support Fund of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures for Stefania Silvestri's new library project 'Hebrew Manuscript Production between East and West: A pilot study of two Yemenite manuscripts' (£3000).
Call for applications for the Newberry/Rylands Joint Fellowship 2017/2018. The Newberry Library-John Rylands Institute Exchange Fellowship provides two months of support for a scholar to be in residence for one month at the Newberry Library in Chicago and an additional month in residence at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. See the Jewish Studies related holdings at Manchester. Further information.
Call for papers for day-conference "The Guardian in Local, National, and Global History", Thu 6 April 2017, Manchester. The University of Manchester Library and the John Rylands Research Institute invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary conference on the history of the Guardian newspaper. Potential topics for papers might include Zionism, the development of foreign correspondence and coverage of foreign policy and international news, and the role of the Guardian in Manchester life, including that of its minority communities. Format: 20 minutes for presentation (with an expectation of an additional 10 minutes for questions). Application: Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions: Mon 31 October 2016. Further information.
Children During the Holocaust. This day conference at the Imperial Museum of the North was organised by Jean-Marc Dreyfus and will explore the experience of children during the Holocaust. The event is free but places are limited and it is necessary to book a place. 9.30am-4.00pm, Wed 26 October 2016. Further information.