Hanna Liss

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Hanna Liss (* 1964 ) is a German Judaist . She is Professor of the Bible and Jewish Interpretation of the Bible at the University for Jewish Studies , Heidelberg and is a co-opted member of the Philosophical Faculty at Heidelberg University .

Live and act

Liss studied Jewish Studies , Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Biblical Studies at the University of Tübingen , the Hebrew University of Jerusalem , the University of Munich and the Free University of Berlin . She did her doctorate under Peter Schäfer and Josef Dan on the medieval Jewish theologian Eleazar von Worms .

In 1997 she then taught at the University of Jewish Studies in Heidelberg as a research assistant in the subject of the Bible and Jewish interpretation of the Bible. In 2002 she completed her habilitation with Giuseppe Veltri in the subject of Jewish studies / Jewish studies in the field of art, oriental and ancient studies at the University of Halle . In 2002 she was appointed First Moosnick Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at Lexington Theological Seminary and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, and in 2003 she became Harry Starr Research Fellow in Judaica at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University , Cambridge / MA. Also in 2003 she was appointed full professor for the Bible and Jewish interpretation of the Bible at the University for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg and thus occupied the first professorship for the Bible in Germany that was not located in a Christian theological faculty.

In 2008 she spent a year as a Senior Fellow at the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald. In 2015 she was accepted as a co-opted member of the Philosophical Faculty of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In the same year she founded the Abraham Berliner Center for research into the textual and interpretative traditions of the Hebrew Bible. In addition to her normal teaching and research workload , she was and is active in various scientific committees ( DFG , FIIT , Association of Judaists in Germany, etc.) and active in interdisciplinary projects ( Collaborative Research Center 619 and 933 and Graduate School "Theology and Science" at the University of Frankfurt) . She is also involved in the discussion group Jews and Christians in the Central Committee of German Catholics in Judeo-Christian dialogue. In the 2017 summer semester, she was the Franz Rosenzweig visiting professor.

Work areas

Liss's research area not only includes Jewish Medieval Studies with its focus on the Ashkenazi-Zarfatic (German-French) interpretation of the Bible (see her most important works on Eleazar von Worms and Rashbam ), but also includes linguistic and literary studies on the Bible itself a. For example, she wrote a habilitation thesis on communicative structures in Isaiah and published various essays on various biblical books and topics. Since, as a Jewish biblical scholar, she cannot simply join the Old Testament exegesis of Christian theology, hermeneutical considerations and approaches to biblical understanding within the Jewish tradition are an important focus. For a long time she has focused on the Hebrew medieval text transmission of the biblical text material, since here biblical understanding and Jewish tradition of thought intertwine in a prominent way (see Masora ). She and her staff have already been able to demonstrate this successfully in the Collaborative Research Center 933 “Material Text Cultures” and in numerous publications. Despite this extensive field of research, Liss repeatedly publishes important and generally understandable works, e.g. B. Tanach - Textbook of the Jewish Bible , Tell Your Children. The Torah in five volumes and a textbook on Jewish interpretation of the Bible.


Monographs and editorships (selection)

  • Jewish interpretation of the Bible (Jewish Studies 3), Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020 ISBN 978-3825251352
  • Tanakh. Jewish Bible textbook. Universitätsverlag C. Winter 2005, 4th completely revised edition 2019 ( Writings of the University for Jewish Studies, Vol. 8), ISBN 978-3825368500 .
  • (together with Bruno Landthaler): Tell your children. The Torah for Children in Five Volumes, Vol. 1: Bereschit. At the beginning; Vol. 2: Schemot. Names; Vol. 3: Wajikra. And he called; Vol. 4: Bamidbar. In the desert; Vol. 5: Devarim. Words. Ariella Verlag, Berlin 2014–16, ISBN 978-3-9813825-9-4 (Vol. 1), ISBN 978-3-9816238-4-0 (Vol. 2), ISBN 978-3-9816238-5-7 (Vol. 3), ISBN 978-3-9816238-6-4 (Vol. 4), ISBN 978-3-9816238-7-1 (Vol. 5).
  • Creating Fictional Worlds: Peshat Exegesis and Narrativity in Rashbam's Commentary on the Torah. Brill Publisher, Leiden / Boston 2011, ISBN 978-90-04-19456-4 . ( Studies in Jewish History and Culture , 25).
  • (Ed. Together with Manfred Oeming): Literary Construction of Identity in the Ancient World. Proceedings of the Conference Literary Fiction and the Construction of Identity in Ancient Literatures. Options and Limits of Modern Literary Approaches in the Exegesis of Ancient texts. Eisenbrauns Publisher, Winona Lake, Indiana 2010, ISBN 978-1-57506-190-0 .
  • The unheard of prophecy. Communicative structures of prophetic speech in the book of Yesha'yahu. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 2003, ISBN 978-3-374-02055-3 (work on the Bible and its history, vol. 14).
  • El'asar ben Yehuda of Worms, Hilkhot ha-Kavod. The tenets of the glory of God. (Edition. Translation. Comment.) Mohr-Siebeck, Tübingen 1997. ( Texts and Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Judaism , 12), ISBN 978-3-16-146778-3 .

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