Dr. Sara Offenberg

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Dr. Sara Offenberg
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Publications

BOOKS

  1. Illuminated Piety: Pietistic Texts and Images in the North French Hebrew Miscellany, Los Angeles: Cherub Press 2013
  2. Antisemitism and the Jewish Response in the Art and Literature of Thirteenth Century France, Jerusalem: The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 250 p.  (under contract)

 

PUBLICATIONS

  1. “On a Pious Man, Adulteress Wife, and the Pleasure of Preaching to Others in Isaac Ibn Sahula’s Meshal Haqadmoni,” Hispania Judaica Journal 12 (forthcoming 2016)
  2. “Jacob the Knight in Ezekiel’s Chariot: Imagined Identity in a Micrography Decoration of an Ashkenazi Bible,” AJS Review 39 (forthcoming 2016)
  3. “Purim like Yom Kippurim: Between the Texts and Images of the London Miscellany and R. Elazar the Preacher’s Commentary on Exodus,” in: Exodus: Border Crossings in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Texts and Images, ed. Annette Hoffmann, Heidelberg and Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (forthcoming 2016).
  4. “Resisting Conversion or the True Aristocrat: Jews Imagining Themselves in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts,” Sefer ha-Yovel for Burton D. Morris, ed. Menachem Butler, New York, 15 p. (forthcoming 2016).
  5. “Staging the Blindfold Bride: Between Medieval Drama and Piyyut Illumination in the Levy Mahzor,” in: Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music and Sound, eds. Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly, Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols 2015, pp. 281-294.
  6. “Mirroring Samson the Martyr: Reflections of Jewish-Christian Relations in the North French Hebrew Illuminated Miscellany,” in: Jews and Christians in Thirteenth Century Europe, eds. Elisheva Baumgarten and Judah Galinsky, Palgrave Macmillan 2015, pp. 203-216.
  7. “Isaac Ibn Sahula and King Alfonso X: Possible Connections between the Book Meshal Haqadmoni and the Cántigas de Santa Maria,” Arts and Social Sciences Journal 5/3 (2014), pp. 1-7.
  8. “A Jewish Knight in Shining Armor: Messianic Narrative and Imagination in Ashkenazic Illuminated Manuscripts,” The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought 4 (2014), pp. 1-14.
  9. “Crossing over from Earth to Heaven: The Image of the Ark and the Merkavah in the North French Hebrew Miscellany,” Kabbalah 26 (2012), pp. 135-158.
  10. All the Roads Lead to JerusalemJack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life at the Israel Museum,” Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 5 (2011), pp. 107-109.
  11. “Illuminations of Kol Nidrei in two Ashkenazi Mahzorim,” Ars Judaica 7 (2011), pp. 7-16.
  12. “To See and be Seen: Nava Astarhan,” in the exhibition catalogue Matza Nashi, ed. Maor Haim, Beer Sheva 2002, pp. [3-6] (Hebrew).

REVIEWS

1. Former Synagogues and Host-Miracle Shrines in Germany and Austria Pilgrimage and Pogrom: Violence, Memory, and Visual Culture at the Host-Miracle Shrines of Germany and Austria, in: Ars Judaica 11 (2015), pp. 91-92.

2. Book Review: David M. Freidenreich, Foreigners and Their Food - Contstructing Otherness in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Law, in: Der Islam - Zeitschrift für Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients 90 (2013), pp. 159-161.

3. Book Review: Marc Michael Epstein, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination, in: Jewish History 27/1 (2013), pp. 91-94.

 

LECTURES

  1. “Realistic Fantasia: Truth and Fiction in Medieval Art,” Colloquium of the Jewish Literature Department, Bar-Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (May 2016) (invited lecture)
  2. "The Secret Within the Picture: Deciphering Hidden Textual Meanings in Ashkenazi Illuminated Mahzorim,” Colloquium of the Jewish Thought Department, Bar-Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (November 2015) (invited lecture)
  3. "Beauty and the Beast: Esthetics, Morals and Polemic in Miniature Paintings of Animals,” Berechia Hanaqdan and Medieval and Early Modern fable lore and moralizing literature International Workshop ISF-IAS Conference at IAS, Jerusalem (November 2015) (invited lecture)
  4. Divide and Conquer: Deconstructing the Art from its ‘Jewishness’ and Reconstructing a contextual Meaning in Medieval Art History,” Constructing and Deconstructing Jewish Art, International Conference, Bar-Ilan University, (September 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1shOloZu5OA
  5. "The Double Messiah in Text and Image: The Son of Joseph, the Son of David, and the Jewish-Christian Polemic,” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, (July 2015)
  6. “Once Upon a Time there was a Painting: Illuminations of the Bible and Midrash,” Colloquium of the Comparative Literature Department Bar-Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (May 2015) (invited lecture)
  7. Two Sides of the Same Coin: Christian Aristocratic Motifs in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts,” The Jewish Neighborhood. International Conference, Tel Aviv University, (April 2015) (invited lecture)
  8. Research workshop, “Imagining Medieval Jewish Life in Word and Image,” The British Library, London, (March 2015).
  9. “Illuminated Midrash: Reflections of the Aggadah in the illuminations of Esther Scrolls,” Book Launch Event Honor: Midrash Esther Rabbah, eds. Joseph Tabory and Arnon Atzmon, Jerusalem 2014, (in Hebrew) (March 2015) (invited lecture)
  10. On Symbolic Animals in Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts,” Colloquium the Jewish Art Department, Bar-Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (January 2015) (invited lecture)
  11. The Empire and the Jews: Symbols of the Holy Roman Empire in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts,” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, (July 2014)
  12. “Moshe in Art, Paintings and Stories,” International workshop, Swedish Theological Institute (June 2014)  (invited lecture)
  13. “The Image of the Hassid in Art, Theatre and Cinema,” The Faculty of Jewish Studies Congress, Bar-Ilan University (in Hebrew), (June 2014) (invited lecture)
  14. “Mystery and Love in Jewish Art,” A Time for Judaism and Knowledge, The Faculty of Jewish Studies Conference, Bar-Ilan University (in Hebrew), (March 2014) (invited lecture)
  15.  “A King, a Temple, and Amalek in the Texts and Illuminations of the North French Hebrew Miscellany,” Text-image Relationship and Visual Elements in Written Hebrew Sources, International Conference, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (November 2013)
  16. “Up in Arms: Pretend Identity of Jewish Warriors in Ashkenazic Illuminated,” The Sixteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University, (August 2013)
  17. “Naughty Women and the Pleasure of Preaching to Others in Isaac Ibn Sahula’sMeshal Haqadmoni,” , University of Leeds, (July 2013)
  18. “Samson of Metz and the Biblical Samson in the North French Hebrew Miscellany,” Martyrology: Characters, Perceptions and Ideologies, Forum for Medieval and Early Modern Culture, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (March 2013)
  19.  “Biblical Characters: Art as Commentary,” Biblical Characters in Islamic Paintings of Indian, Colloquium of the Jewish Art Department, Bar-Ilan University, (December 2012) (invited lecture)
  20. “The Triple Messiah in the Thirteenth Century: Son of Joseph, Son of David, and Anti-Messiah,” Traditions and Perspectives in History of Jewish Art, International Conference, Bar Ilan University, (September 2012)
  21. “Text and Image in Illuminated Mahzorim and Their Meaning in Medieval Ashkenazi Synagogue,” Summer School, Lander Institute, (in Hebrew) (July 2012) (invited lecture)
  22.  “Law & Order of Work: Text, Image and Practice of the Seder Avodah in the London Miscellany,” Minhagim: Custom and Practice in Jewish Life, International Conference, Tel-Aviv University, (May 2012) (invited lecture)
  23. “Self Acceptance: Between the Sign of Cain and Jewish Self Image,” Dioknaot: the Sign of Cain, Exhibition Opening and Conference, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (April 2012) (invited lecture)
  24. “Between Birkat Ha-Minim and Desecrating an Icon: Jewish-Christian Relations in 13th Century Castile,” Middle Ages, Now! The Annual Israeli Historians Conference, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (March 2012) (invited lecture)
  25. “Staging the Blindfold Bride: Between Medieval Drama and Piyyut Illumination in the Levy Mahzor,” IMAGO (Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages), International Conference, Bar-Ilan University, (March 2012)
  26. “Between Hekhalot Literature, Sefer Gematriot and the North French Hebrew Miscellany,” Seminar of the Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (November 2011) (invited lecture)
  27.  “Illuminated and Written Polemic: Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature,” Seminar of the Department of Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (June 2011) (invited lecture)
  28. “The London Miscellany as a Mirror: Reflections of Jewish-Christian Relations in 13th Century French Art and Literature,” 13th Century France, Continuity and Change, ISF-IAS Conference at IAS, Jerusalem, (February 2011) (invited lecture)
  29. “Crossing over from Earth to Heaven: The Image of the Ark and Merkavah in the London Miscellany,” Exodus: Border Crossings in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Texts and Images Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Karl-Jaspers-Centre, Heidelberg, (December 2010)
  30. “‘It Was Turned to the Contrary’: Inverted Scenes at the Michael Mahzor,” Colloquium of the Interdepartmental Division of Jewish Studies, Bar-Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (Mars 2010) (invited lecture)
  31. “Inverted Hunt Scene: Motifs of the Jewish-Christian Polemic in the Illumination of the Liturgical Poem El Mitnase,” The Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University, (August 2009)
  32. “Resisting Conversion or the True Aristocrat: Jews Imagining Themselves in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts,” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, (July 2009)
  33. “Isaac Ibn Sahula and King Alfonso X: Possible Connections between the Book Meshal HaQadmoni and the Cántigas de Santa Maria,” IMAGO (Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages), Open University, (in Hebrew) (June 2009)
  34.  “The Subjects of the King Under the Fourth Kingdom: Jewish-Christian Polemic in the Liturgical Poems and Illumination for the High Holy Days,” Seminar of the Department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (January 2009) (invited lecture)
  35. “The ‘Four Kingdoms’ and Yom Kippur: The Illumination of Kol Nidrei in Ashkenazi Mahzorim,” The Jewish Presence in Art, International workshop, Bar Ilan University, (June 2008)
  36. .“Not Just a Wedding Scene: The Illumination of the Liturgical Poem Come with me from Lebanon my Bride in the Worms Mahzor and the Jewish-Christian Polemic,” , University of Leeds, (July 2007)
  37. “The Deer Hunt in the Worms Mahzor: The Illustration of a Liturgical Poem and Jewish-Christian Polemics,” Art as Historical Text, International workshop, Department of the Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (May 2007) (invited lecture)
  38. “Expressions of the Jewish-Christian Polemic in the Illuminations of Ashkenazic Mahzorim in the Middle Ages,” Seminar of the Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (January 2007) (invited lecture)
  39. “‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image’ - Really? The Halachic Approach to Art during the Ages,” Daromah Beit Midrash, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (January 2005) (invited lecture)
  40. “Passover, Matza and Blood: Illuminated Blood Libels,” Passover: Blood Libels, Hametz, and Haggadah, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (March 2004) (invited lecture)

Courses

  • Jewish Art
  • Ancient and Medieval Art 
  • Selected Subjects in Medieval Art
  • The Image of the Jew in Art and Cinema
  • Humor, Satire and Polemics in Art: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary Art
  • Outstanding: The Other and Otherness in Art
  • Once Upon a Time there was a Painting: Tales and Jewish Art in the Middle Ages
  • The Messianic Idea in the Middle Ages and its Expression in Text and Image
  • War and Peace: Expressions of Conflict and Coexistence in Jewish Art throughout the Ages

Research

 

Research Projects:

Book: A Critical Edition of R. Elazar ben Moshe the Preacher, Commentary on Exodus: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Opp. 202.

 

Aspiration for Wisdom: Allegories of the Torah Study in European Jewish Art in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, research grant together with Dr. Ilia Rodov (ISF, 2013-2105).

 

Research Interests:

The image of the Jew in art, literature and cinema

Jewish-Christian relations in art and literature

Hebrew illuminated manuscripts

Piyyut commentary

Hasidei Ashkenaz

CV

Education:

 

2002-2008       PhD in a direct doctoral program for outstanding students in the Department of Jewish Thought and the Department of Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Subject of doctoral thesis: “Expressions of Meeting the Challenges of the Christian Milieu in Medieval Jewish Art and Literature”.  (Summa cum laude)

2008                The 3rd Summer School for Jewish Studies and Comparative Religion:  Polemics and Identity in Cultural Context: Jews, Christians and Muslims, ISA, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2005                MA in Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

2000-2002       Teaching Workshop, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

1998-2002       BA studies in the Department of Jewish Thought and the Department of Arts, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (cum laude)

 

 

Previous Positions:

 

  • Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg - Visiting Lecturer
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Arts, Department of Jewish Thought - Teaching Associate
  • Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Department of Judaism and the Arts - Teaching Associate 
  • Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program - Teaching Associate 
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of Arts - Reserch Assistant
  • Princeton University - Cataloguer of joint project of the Index of Christian Art

 

Organizing of Scientific Colloquia:

  1. Organizer and Member of Academic Committee (together with Dr. Shulamit Laderman): “Art and Performance in the Middle Ages,” IMAGO International Conference, Bar-Ilan University, (March 2012).
  2. Chairperson: “Criminology and Society”, Dioknaot: the Sign of Cain Conference, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (in Hebrew) (April 2012).
  3. Chairperson: “Of Art and Nature,” Traditions and Perspectives in History of Jewish Art, International Conference, Bar Ilan University, (September 2012).
  4. Member of Academic Committee: “Capturing Light in Late Antique, Medieval and Early Modern Art,” IMAGO International Conference, University of Haifa, (January 2013).
  5. Moderator: “Material Witnesses: Text and Image in Hebrew and Arabic Manuscripts,” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, (July 2013).
  6. Moderator: Text-image Relationship and Visual Elements in Written Hebrew Sources, International Conference, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (November 2013).
  7. Member of Academic Committee: “East & West in Medieval and Early Modern Art,” IMAGO International Conference, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, (January 2014).
  8. Organizer and Member of Academic Committee (together with Dr. Judah Galinsky): “Middle Ages, Now!” The Annual Israeli Historians Conference, Bar Ilan University, (in Hebrew) (March 2014).
  9. Member of Academic Committee: “Speculation, Imagination, and Misinterpretation in Art,” IMAGO International Conference, Tel Aviv University, (March 2015).
  10. Organizer of two sessions at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2015:

    a. Redemption in Medieval Ashkenaz: Elijah and Jewish-Christian Polemic

    b. Messianic Redemption in Medieval Ashkenaz: Festival Book Prayer and Hanukkah

  11. Organizer and Member of Academic Committee (together with Dr. Mirjam Rajner and Dr. Ilia Rodov). International Conference: “Constructing and Deconstructing Jewish Art,” Bar-Ilan University, September (7–9, 2015).

Academic Awards and Scholarships 

2013-2015       ISF (Israel Science Foundation). Project Title: Aspiration for Wisdom: Allegories of the Torah Study in European Jewish Art in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods, research grant together with Dr. Ilia Rodov

2010-2010       VATAT Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2009-2010       The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, research grant

2007-2008       Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Doctoral grant

2006-2007       Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship

2001                Scholarship from the Ministry of Education

2000                Certificate of Appreciation from The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Editor of Ars Judaica Journal

Editorial board Arts & Social Sciences Journal

Advisor, Digitized Manuscripts Collection Database, The National Library of Israel

 

PEER REVIEWING

Journals:          Ars Judaica, Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, Jewish Studies Quarterly, Melbourne Historical Journal

Grants:              ISF (Israel Science Foundation)

 

 

MEMBERSHIP IN A PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION

 

IMAGO – The Israeli Association for Visual Culture in the Middle Ages. 2011-2015: committee member and treasurer

BAJS – British Association for Jewish Studies

EAJS – European Association for Jewish Studies

ICMA – International Center of Medieval Art

WUJS – World Union of Jewish Studies

The Historical Society of Israel

 

VOLUNTEER WORK

2010-Present OFEK Project

Media

Divide and Conquer: Deconstructing "Jewishness" and Reconstructing Contextual Meaning
 
 

חג הפסח: סיפורן של ההגדות הראשונות של פסח שיצאו ממחזור התפילה

Early Illuminated Haggadot

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqjqsav0V14

 

מדרש מאויר: השתקפות האגדה באיורי מגילות אסתר

Illuminated Midrash: Reflections of the Aggadah in the illuminations of Esther Scrolls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEEtSyK3BX0

 

דמות החסיד באמנות, בתיאטרון ובקולנוע

The Image of the Hassid in Art, Theatre and Cinema

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VW00tgCS7ww

 

עת ליהדות ודעת: מסתורין ואהבה באמנות יהודית

Mystery and Love in Jewish Art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6f-Fz7vP374

 

Biblical Characters: Art as Commentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnXd-wo0niw

 

Кто над нами вверх ногами, или История одного перевертыша

"Who is upside down over us, or The Story of a palindrome"

http://booknik.ru/today/reports/kto-nad-nami-vverh-nogami-ili-istoriya-o...