Current/Forthcoming Research Projects



Project 7: Greek expanded, Greek transformed
The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and the Cultural World of the Translators
(January to June 2018)

This Oxford Seminar will bring together an international team of scholars from different disciplines to work on the religious and political vocabulary of the Septuagint, combining the expertise of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, where it will be based, with the resources of the Oxford Classics Faculty and the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. The project will illuminate for biblical scholars the cultural world of those who produced and read the books of the Septuagint, and will illuminate for classical scholars the ways in which Jews of the Greek world adapted to the dominant culture and influenced it in turn.

Project Leaders:            

Jan Joosten (Oriental Studies, University of Oxford) and
Teresa Morgan (Classics, University of Oxford)

Read more about the project here

Project 8: The Mishnah between Christians
and Jews in early modern Europe

(January to June 2019)

This Seminar will bring together an international team of scholars to interpret the significance of Wilhelmus Surenhusius’ Mishnah edition in the light of two centuries of study of the Mishnah by Christians and Jews.

Project Leaders:

Joanna Weinberg (Professor Emerita Oriental Studies, University of Oxford)
Piet van Boxel (Emeritus Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies)

Read more about the Mishnah project here


Between Sacred and Profane –
Jewish Musical Cultures in Early Modern Europe

This Seminar will focus on Ashkenazic, Italian-Jewish and Western Sephardic musical expressions in Europe during the early modern period (excluding European Jewish communities under Ottoman rule). Special emphasis will be given to the connection of liturgical, semi-liturgical and secular spheres within both composition and performance practice—hence the title “Between Sacred and Profane”.  A group of up to eight Visiting Fellows in each Oxford term will examine the connections between these three major Jewish cultural entities (especially in urban spaces where they were all part of a complex Jewish soundscape) and external connections with the European musical cultures in which this Jewish music developed.

Project Leader:

Diana Matut (Heidelberg/Halle-Wittenberg)

Read about the Project here
The application form is downloadable here

Application information may be found here

The deadline for applications is 12 October 2018