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Führung über den Jüdischen Friedhof Münster

12.10.2021 und 14.10.2021 | 16:15 Uhr | Einsteinstr./Ecke Försterstr., 48149 Münster

Im Rahmen der 1700-Jahrfeier jüdischen Lebens in Deutschland führen Mitarbeitende des Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum sowie der Katholisch-Theologischen Fakultät der WWU Münster über den Jüdischen Friedhof in Münster.

Für diese Führungen unter der Überschrift „Haus des ewigen Lebens“ gestattet die Jüdische Gemeinde Münster Interessierten Zutritt zu dem ansonsten für die Öffentlichkeit verschlossenen Friedhof. Die Teilnehmer*innen erhalten Einblicke in die jüdische Begräbniskultur sowie in die jüdische Grabkunst. Anhand von einzelnen Grabsteinen werden außerdem Biografien mancher jüdischer Bürger*innen aus dem Münsterland nacherzählt und so das jüdische Leben in Münster auf besondere Weise entdeckt.

Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt. Eine Anmeldung für einen der beiden Termine ist bis zum 11.10.2021 unter folgender E-Mail-Adresse möglich: f.steiger@uni-muenster.de.

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Conference "Globalisation in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity: Theory and Practice" (12.-14.7.2021)

From July 12 to July 14, 2021, an international conference on "Globalisation in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity: Theory and Practice" was held in Münster, organized by Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering together with Dr. Bärry Hartog, former Humboldt Research Fellow at the IJD and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Protestantse Theologische Universiteit Groningen (PThU).
Presenters came not only from the Netherlands and Germany, but also from the USA, Canada, Israel, Austria and Denmark. Due to the pandemic situation, the conference was held hybrid, so that only some of the participants were on site in Münster. The conference was financed by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the PThU and the Internationalization Fund of the WWU Münster.
The conference was devoted to the question of whether, in what way, and with what yield theories of globalization, which in recent years have been increasingly discussed in ancient studies and archaeology, can be applied to ancient Judaism and early Christianity. In doing so, some of the contributions dealt with theoretical approaches to globalization and placed them in the context of neighboring approaches such as network theory, (trans)locality, and transculturality. Other contributions illuminated the relationship between the global and the local, the universal and the particular, using source evidence, or explored the significance of factors such as translation or mobility.

The hybrid format meant that it was possible to participate in the conference both on-site and remotely via Zoom. On site in Münster, the conference took place in the auditorium of Vom-Stein-Haus with a lot of distance and an elaborated infection control concept. With the help of a 360° conference camera, it was possible to digitally see and hear both the speaker and the participants in the room. All participants via Zoom were displayed in the usual "tile" format on a large screen. Even though it was a pity that due to the pandemic only researchers from Germany and nearby foreign countries found their way to Münster, the hybrid format enabled numerous forms of participation that are certainly worth considering in the future with regard to the CO2 alliance of such conferences.


Back in the seminar room for the first time in a long time

by Franziska Steiger

Studying in presence again - this became possible again for all students of the Westfälische-Wilhelms University at the end of the summer semester with the change of the Corona Protection Ordinance from the beginning of June and the ever decreasing incidence figures.

However, since the number of participants is still limited to 50 and it must remain possible for all students to finish the semester they started digitally, many instructors now went into hybrid teaching. In concrete terms, this meant that some students were able to return to the lecture halls and seminar rooms for lectures, seminars and exercises if they wished and if possible, while other fellow students were connected via the "Zoom" video conferencing tool. With specially purchased conference cameras, the Faculty of Protestant Theology in general and the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum in particular were technically well equipped for this type of hybrid teaching.

After two semesters of purely online teaching, this change at the end of the lecture period of the summer semester was for many students a welcome and long-lost opportunity to finally get back into direct conversation with fellow students and also the lecturers themselves. For quite a few, it was even the first opportunity to see the university from the inside since the beginning of their studies. For example, the offer of hybrid or face-to-face teaching in the main seminar by Prof. Doering and in the tutorial by Mr. Dik was gladly accepted by many. Also in the lecture Introduction to the Qumran Texts by Mr. Doering, individual students participated in presence towards the end, while the majority of the listeners continued to follow the lecture through livestream and also later retrievable video recordings. It has to be taken into account that some students preferred online teaching from home even at the end of this summer semester, partly because they are not resident in Münster at the moment, partly because they were reluctant to switch back and forth between seminar room and laptop when attending several lectures in one day.

It remains to be hoped that the winter semester will be feasible in presence as planned.


Tosefta Studies
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Newly published: Lutz Doering and Daniel Schumann (Eds.), Tosefta Studies: Manuscript, Traditions, and Topics

Volume 27 of the Münsteraner Judaistische Studien has just been published by LIT-Verlag. This volume is based on two international Tosefta colloquia held in 2016 and 2017.

This volume offers contributions to two basic questions of the study of the Tosefta: How can we describe the character and relationship of the Tosefta manuscripts? And how does the Tosefta relate to other rabbinic traditions and texts? It also sheds light on other topics of Tosefta research: "magic", emotions, and gender. The volume marks the beginning of a new phase in the study of Tosefta, encouraging an international conversation between scholars on method and contents.

Tosefta Studies: Manuscripts, Traditions, and Topics. Eds. Lutz Doering and Daniel Schumann. MJSt 27. Zürich 2021.

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Lutz Doering and Daniel Schumann, Introduction
Michael Tilly, Die Tosefta: Beschreibung, Deutung und Verwendung eines Dokuments aus dem antiken jüdischen Schulbetrieb
Daniel Schumann, Observations on the Textual History of the Mishnah and the Tosefta: In Dialogue with Robert Brody
Adiel Schremer, Between “Transmission” and “Performance”: The Complexity and Open Texture of the Textual Tradition of the Tosefta
Daniel Schumann, How “Babylonian” Is the Tosefta?
Lutz Doering, The Notion of Mela’khah in Tosefta Shabbat
Lutz Doering, A Note on the Four Sabbath Domains according to Tosefta Shabbat
Paul Mandel, On the Formation of Collected Traditions in the Tosefta
Lutz Doering, A (Different) Kind of Magic: The “Ways of the Amorite” according to Tosefta Shabbat 6–7
Elisabetta Abate, Biblical Emotions in the Tosefta and the Mishnah: The “Man who is Afraid and Faint of Heart” (Deut 20:8) between Fear, Guilt, Love, and Mercy
Cecilia Haendler, “The Wisest of Women: This is the King of Kings”: Rabbinic “Theology” in Gendered Terms (Tosefta Sanhedrin)
Cumulative Bibliography

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Dr. Eran Shuali (Strasbourg) as a guest at the IJD with Professor Doering from September 2020 to August 2021

Dr. Eran Shuali from the Faculty of Protestant Theology at the Université de Strasbourg (France) will be a visiting scholar at the Institutum Judaicum Delitzschianum with Prof. Dr. Lutz Doering from September 2020 to August 2021. His stay will be financed by a scholarship from the Heinrich Hertz Foundation. At the IJD, Dr. Shuali will work on a monograph on the history of Hebrew words used for Christians, Christianity, and Christian institutions from the time of early Christianity to the present. In particular, this study will show how this vocabulary has been shaped by theological and ideological views held by Jews and Christians at different times. A first contribution from this project was recently published, "Yešu or Yešuaʿ? A Sketch of the History of Jesus' Names in Hebrew from Antiquity to the Present," Revue des études juives, 2020.
In addition, Dr. Shuali is preparing a new translation of the New Testament into modern Hebrew for Tel Aviv University Press. He has also published several studies on the history of Hebrew translations of the New Testament, including an article on Franz Delitzsch's translation, "The Translation of the New Testament into Hebrew in the Eyes of Franz Delitzsch: Philology, Mission, Theology," Wrocław Theological Review, 2018.
In the winter semester 2020/21, Dr. Shuali has a teaching assignment at FB01 for an exercise entitled "Jewish Perceptions of Christianity: A Brief Overview from Talmudic Times to the Present."