Abraham Berliner Center

Date: 2017–
Collaboration: Secretary
Team: Director Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss, Vice-Director Prof. Dr. Viktor Golinets

The Abraham Berliner Center’s mission is to study the textual and exegetical traditions of the Hebrew Bible, with an emphasis on Masorah and Targumim. It will work toward a comprehensive treatment of the Biblical manuscripts and the commentaries of Western Europe, an effort begun by Abraham Berliner and fellow Jewish scholars that is still nowhere near completion today. It will also contribute to the state of philological basic research, chiefly by integrating current research on Biblical literature and Bible commentaries from the fields of cultural and religious studies.

Affiliated Research Projects

Previous events, lectures and workshops

04.07.2019_  Guest Lecture by  Dr. Tania Notarius (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): “Historical Syntax of Ancient Hebrew and Ugaritic Studies”

22.05.2019_ Abraham Berliner Lecture 2019 by Prof. Dr. David Marcus (Jewish Theological Seminary New York): “The Rationale Behind the Masoretic Notes”

24.04.2018_ Abraham Berliner Lecture 2018 by Prof. Dr. Ronny Vollandt (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): “‘Eine Übersetzung in unserer Sprache, welche die Gemeinde versteht’: Vom Targum zu den arabischen Fassungen der hebräischen Bibel”

08.05.2017_ Abraham Berliner Lecture 2017 by  Prof. Dr. Alberdina Houtman (Protestant Theological University Amsterdam): “Your Eyes will see the Presence of the Lord in the Sanctuary: Temple Theology in Targum Isaiah”

01.02.2017_ Prof. Dr. Barbara Schmitz (Universität Würzburg): Lecture “Das Buch Judit und der griechische Diskurs um Tyrannentötung” and Workshop “Ιουδιθ – Iudith – Yehudit. Überlegungen zur Textsituation und Textgeschichte des Buches Judit”

14.12.2016_ Lecture by Prof. Dr. Reinhard Gregor Kratz (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen):  “Gottessohn und Menschensohn: Überlegungen zu 4Q242 im Lichte des Buches Daniel”

20.04.2016_ Abraham Berliner Lecture 2016 by  Prof. Dr. Stefan Schorch (Martin Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg): “Samaritanisch-hebräische Manuskriptkultur und samaritanische Toralesung” and Workshop “Die Samaritanische Tora im Kontext der jüdischen Literalkultur des 2. Jh. v.u.Z.”

14.11.2015_ Lecture by Dr. Ory Amitay (University of Haifa): “Alexander in Jerusalem”

30.11.2015_ Lecture by Prof. Dr. Shani Tzoref (Universität Potsdam, School of Jewish Theology): “Re-Viewing the Telling and Re-Telling of Torah: Applying the Lens of Narratology to Deuteronomy and the Temple Scroll”

07.07.2015_ Lecture by Dr. Nili Samet (Bar Ilan University): “Biblical and Mesopotamian ‘Vanity Literature'”

20.04.2015_ Workshop by Prof. Dr. Jordan Penkower (Bar Ilan University): “Typology of Hebrew Manuscripts (Codices and Torah Scrolls) of the Pentateuch«

21.04.2015_ Inaugural Ceremony

  • Prof. Dr. Hanna Liss, Opening Lecture: “Abraham Berliner und seine Stellung im Kontext der Wissenschaft des Judentums”
  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Heil (HfJS), Ceremonial Greeting
  • Prof. Dr. Gerrit Kloss (University Heidelberg), Ceremonial Greeting
  • Prof. Dr. Guiseppe Veltri (University Hamburg, Verband der Judaisten), Ceremonial Greeting
  • Prof. Dr. Jordan Penkower (Bar Ilan University), Keynote “The Oldest Complete Torah Scroll form the 12th – 13th Century”